Eastman faces a new challenge

19.01.04 - Battersea’s Howard Eastman will now defend his European middleweight title against Sergey Tatevosyan on the Friday January 30th Hennessy Sports event at the Goresbrook Leisure Centre in Dagenham. The Russian, 20-3 (13), is certainly well equipped to fill the gloves of original mandatory contender Jorge Sendra, who withdrew at the weekend citing a hand injury.

“You have to give credit to Tatevosyan for taking this fight; there are not many middleweights in the world prepared to meet Howard Eastman,” said promoter Mick Hennessy.

“It is clear that he fancies his chances. One look at his record tells you why.

“He is a former Russian title holder who can clearly punch and has never been stopped.

“His last defeat came two years ago when he took fellow countryman Roman Karmazin the distance and he has clearly improved since then, registering some classy wins over good level opposition.

“The most notable of these is a seventh round stoppage of former WBO champion Armand Krajnc.

“Howard most definitely has his hands full, perhaps even more so than he would have done with Sendra.”

Eastman, 38-1 (34), headlines a talent packed undercard. Hennessy Sports stars Carl Froch, Lenny Daws, Matthew Thirlwall, Daniel Cadman, Gilbert Eastman, Billy Corcoran and Colie Barrett will be joined on the BBC covered promotion by the latest recruit to the team: Manchester super featherweight John Murray.

“Having only just turned 19, John is one of Britain’s youngest professional boxers,” explained Hennessy.

“Despite his inexperience he is already a classy box fighter with exceptional composure - as he demonstrated in his three wins to date.

“In a few years he is going to be a top level contender.”

Howard Eastman meets Sergey Tatevosyan on Friday 30th January at the Goresbrook Leisure Centre. The rest of the Hennessy Sports team – including the world’s hottest prospect Carl Froch, Lenny Daws and Matthew Thirlwall – also feature. For tickets please call 020 8815 4028

Article posted on 19.01.2004

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