Euro Roundup: Aiknwande, Urkal, more

10.12.05 - By Per Ake Persson: Hungarian flyweight Robert Isazegi has had his purse withheld by the Spanish Federation after losing to EBU champ Ivan Pozo on a dubious first round tko. The 40-year old Isazegi came in as a late sub and had problems making the weight. According to ringside reports he never attempted to fight but just went down as soon as he was hit. After a second similar "knockdown" the fight was stopped.. This kind of performance have probably never been seen in a EBU titlefight. In June Isazegi, 18-2, was knocked out in four against EU bantam champ Carmelo Ballone for the first loss as a pro. He won bronze in the 88 Olympics.

Promoter Michel Acaries is according to L´Equipe looking into a staging a fight between WBA 112 lb champ Luis Parra and his WBO counterpart Omar Narvaez - both beat French challengers December 5 in Paris. If it all works out the winner of Parra vs Narvaez could then face a by then hopefully rejuvenated French star Brahim Asloum, who lost to Parra, at the end of 2006. Asloum will also change trainers, from Louis Acaries to his former trainer Jean Molina.

New IBF I/C champ Henry Akinwande will have to face Cisse Salif inside 60 days. Salif was to have fought Akinwande this past Saturday in Leipzig but couldn´t make the trip due to visa problems. Salif´s agent Johnny Bos claims Sauerland Event simply got cold feet and avoided Salif. Instead Ed Mahone made the trip and was outclassed by the still very capable veteran.

WBA welter champ Luis Collazo´s defence against German Oktay Urkal is still up in the air and as time is running out it´s not likely it will happen January 28 in Berlin. A more likely scenario is that here will be another purse bids as Don King Production, who won the first round have been unable to stage the fight.

Talented Ukrainian jr middle Zauerbek Baysangourov is now signed to Sauerland Event. Baysangourov resides at the moment in Moscow and have previously been promoted by National Boxing Promotions in Kiev.

Article posted on 11.12.2005

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