Euro Roundup: Dzemski Wins, Akinwande Sparring with Valuev, more

18.09.05 - Per Ake Persson: NBA 160 lb champ Dirk Dzemski dominated American challenger George Klinesmith scoring three knockdowns in the third for a stoppage win. Klinesmith said afterwards he was a notorious slow starter and had problems with his opponent´s southpaw style. Dzemski will probably get a spot on Universum´s big show in his hometown Halle October 22 and is looking for revenge against the only man to beat him, current EBU champ Sebastian Sylvester..

The chief support saw Russian supermiddle Denis Inkin, signed to Universum, knock out Malik Dziarra, also from Russia but based in Magdeburg, in the fourth. Dziarra seemed to get the better of most of exchanges in the first three but made the mistake of trying punch with the puncher and got caught.

The undercard featured four Scandinavians, who all won against moderate opponents. Ex-EBU welter champ Christian Bladt, looking a bit heavy at around 160 lbs, scored a shutout over Czech Petr Rykala over four rounds. Jr welter Geir Inge Jorgensen got a solid workout from Slovakian Patrik Prokopecz over eight. Superbantam Reidar Walstad took the steam out of Marek Motycka, also from Slovakia, with good bodyshots and stopped him in the second. Lightheavy Kim Jensen tko´d Mayala Mbungi in the third and showed good power in doing so.

Spotlight Boxing´s Mahamed Ali stopped Alois Pyscuk with a single left hook to the body in the first. Female fly Susianna Kentikian stopped Renat Vesecka in the fourth and continues to impress.


Big Nigerian heavy Henry Akinwande is in Berlin sparring with the even bigger Nikolay Valuev. Henry, a tricky, experienced campaigner, is reportedly doing well against the giant Russian. Akinwande has a spot on Sauerland Event´s big show in Oldenburg October 1 topped by Valuev vs Donald. Middleweight Arthur Abraham will also be on the bill in a non-title encounter.

Talented German supermiddle Juergen Braehmer will get an early release from jail. Braehmer has been serving almost 24 of the 30 months he was sentenced to when he, just prior to his fight against Omar Gonzales, beat up an elderly man after crashing with his car. Juergen, once a hot prospect, has a history of incidents like this but is said to have responded well to therapy.

Main Events will decide on an opponent for welter Arturo Gatti´s fight in January in the week to come. Danish welter Thomas Damgaard is definitely on the list of possible opponents stated Kathy Duva to this reporter Friday (Sep 16) night.

Gary Shaw, promoter for IBF supermiddle champ Jeff Lacy, replied to the open letter from WBA ruler Mikkel Kessler: "Kessler is too much money and we don´t play the open letter game."

It will be Argentinian Hector Avila that takes on Polish cruiser Krzysztof Wlodarczyk September 24 in Katowice. Piotr Warner of Hammer Knockout Promotions said about 19 possiple opponents had turned down an offer to fight "Diablo".

Spotlight Boxing´s show in Prague September 20, aired in Europe on EuroSport, have sold 8 000 tickets. Jr middle Lukas Konency headlines in a WBO I/C titlefight against Brazilian Anderson Clayton.

On the long journey home from Ilsenburg I walked into a big team from Spotlight Boxing waiting at the mainstation in Hamburg for the train to Prague. Then in Copenhagen WBA supermiddle champ Mikkel Kessler was standing there and seemed about to board a train to Odense.

Risum Boxing acknowledges having problem promoting with German license in Denmark for its planned show in Struer October 14. According to the Henrik Risum he can do it "in accordance with the rules of the EU constitution". Sorry, but the EU have nothing to do with this. It´s up to each country to legislate professional boxing, some like Sweden, have prohibited proboxing, others like Denmark, have federations that answers to the Ministre of Justice while others like Germany operates freely as private membership organisation. It remains to be seen if Risum Boxing can clear all the hurdles in time for the show October 14.

Article posted on 19.09.2005

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