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Euro Roundup: Koc, Dimitrenko, more...

07.09.05 - By Per Ake Persson: Sauerland Event won purse bids yesterday (Sep 6) for the fight for the vacant EU title at heavyweight, Cengiz Koc and Steffen Nielsen. When and where is to be announced. Koc is already lined up to fight the winner between EBU champ Paolo Vidoz and Michael Sprott October 1 in Oldenburg so it remains to be seen if the Nielsen fight comes off..

Ukrainian heavy Alexander Dimitrenko takes on American Vaughn Bean September 28 on the big Brewster vs Krasniqi bill. Bean has been relatively inactive the last few years but is a capable opponent for the IBF Youth champ.

Yesterday┤s announcement in the Swedish media that the law that prohibits professional boxing will be changed seems to stick. Only that according to the Minister of Sports, Bosse Ringholm, the law will now include K 1 and other martial arts that didn┤t exist in 1970 when proboxing was banned. Bj÷rn Rosengren, head of the Swedish Boxing Association, still feels the change gives an opening for promoters who want to put on a professional boxing event as it will be up to local authorities to decide if the rules are "safe" enough to "protect" the participants. Is professional boxing as "safe"as for instance amateur boxing? Unfortunately it┤s not is it? So chances are slim we┤ll see professional boxing back in Sweden.

Italian Giamario Grasselini and Spaniard Miguel Angel Pena Lopes clash for the IBF Mediterranean 147 lb title September 30 in Campobello di Mazara.

Italian welter Sven Paris takes on Estonian Leonti Voronchuk September 25 in Frosinone. Paris and his father have spent the last six months or so looking for another promoter but are now back with Cotena & Oliva.

Article posted on 07.09.2005



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