KIEV, UKRAINE (October 5, 2012) World Boxing Organization (WBO) Junior Middleweight World Champion Zaurbek Baysangurov will defend his title against former world title challenger and WBO “Interim” Junior Middleweight Champion Lukas Konecny TOMORROW, Saturday, OCTOBER 6 at the Sport Palace in Kiev, Ukraine.
At the official weigh-in on Friday in Kiev, Baysangurov weighed in at 152.5 while Konecny tipped the scales at 153.5. The fight will be broadcast LIVE on the UK’s premier boxing channel, BoxNation (www.BoxNation.com)
A native of Samashki, Russia, training for the first time with highly regarded trainer Abel Sanchez in Big Bear, California, the 27-year-old Baysangurov, 27-1-0 (20KO’s) is coming off a MAY 12 unanimous decision victory over Michel Soro in Brovari, Ukraine, the first defense of his title. He is currently on an eight bout-winning streak.
Along with training under Sanchez, Baysangurov is a training partner of WBA/IBO Middleweight World Champion Gennady Golovkin.
“I’m looking forward to defending my title against Konecny, he is a very good fighter but I’m looking forward to showing my improvement from this camp with Abel Sanchez” said Baysangurov. “Training with Gennady has also helped a great deal in my preparation.”
Continued Alexander Krassyuk, General Director of K2 Promotions-Ukraine, “We’re very anxious to see a much improved performance from Zaurbek. He’s been in camp in Big Bear, California for ten weeks and he knows this is biggest fight of his career. Were expecting a huge crowd at the Sport Palace tomorrow night.”
Fighting out of the Czech Republic, Konecny has won twelve in a row since losing a majority decision to former WBO Champion Serhiy Dzinziruk on APRIL 26, 2008, in Dresden, Germany. In his last outing, Konecny won the Interim WBO Junior Middleweight World Title by stopping Salim Larbi in the seventh round on APRIL 5 in Brno, Czech Republic.
Stated Tom Loeffler, managing director of K2 Promotions, “Baysangurov has been training diligently in Big Bear with Abel and Gennady for the last two months. He’s very anxious to get back in the ring for this title defense against Lucas Konecny and we’re looking for big things from him with Abel.”
“Similar to Golovkin, Baysangurov is also looking forward to fighting in the United States and is willing to face any of the other title holders or top rated contenders at junior middleweight.”
“His only loss is to IBF Junior Middleweight World Champion Cornelius “K9” Bundrage in 2008 and he would welcome an opportunity to avenge that loss or face the Miguel Cotto/Austin Trout winner, Canelo Alvarez, James Kirkland, Demetrius Andrade or anyone of the top names in the division. “
“We feel that Baysangurov is the best junior middleweight in the world and in the future we intend to prove that fighting the best in the division.”