Euro Roundup: Juan Carlos Gomez, Nikolai Valuev, More

09.08.06 - By Per Ake Persson: The WBC will review the case with Juan Carlos Gomez´s positive (cocaine) doping test after he beat Oliver McCall October 15, 2005, in Duesseldorf on their convention in Croatia Oct 29-Nov 4. Gomez is under a one year suspension from the German Federation but the result remained unchanged as the BDB feel it´s up to the WBC to change it. According to FightFax, Gomez is not under suspension in the US - and according to Fight Fax CEO Anibal Miramontes, the WBC do not have the right nor the power to change any results..

French jr welter Willy Blain takes on Panamanian Juan Mosquera for the vacant WBO I/C 140 lb title August 22 at the Universum Gym in Hamburg. Also on the bill, the real headliner for most fans, is the Ukrainian heavyweight clash between Taras Bidenko and Alex Mazikin.

WBA heavy champ Nikolai Valuev is in training at high altitude in Armenia in preparations for a planned October defence in the US. Valuev´s trainer Manuel Gabrelian hails from Armenia and the champ have made it a tradition to begin in his training there. At the end of August Valuev heads for the Max Schmeling Gym in Berlin for sparring.

Gankor Promotions in Romania have been forced to cancel its planned August show with lightheavy Adrian Diaconu on top. Diaconu will now most likely fight on the undercard on a show in Montreal September 15 headlined by supermiddle Lucien Bute.

Steel Ring promotes September 2 and 23 in Finland, there´s a show in Kemi September 16 and there will also be a pro/am show September 15 in Pori with heavyweight newcomer Riku Rapelo, who is trained by Kai Kauramaki and managed by Jaakko Helminen.

Pro Box Austria´s Chilean lightweight Freddy Chura will fight on Spotlight Boxing´s show September 19 in Cuxhaven.

Norwegian superbantam Reidar Walstad have turned down an offer to take on WBO I/C 126 lb ruler Andres Meszaros early September in Hungary. Walstad will instead fight September 2 in Oulu and then fight on the big show in Helsinki October 6 where EBU 160 lb champ Amin Asikainen makes the first defence of the title he won from Sebastian Sylvester.

Article posted on 09.08.2006

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