World Boxing Federation (WBF) Intercontinental Cruiserweight Champion Sefer Seferi will return to his real weight-class and defend his title on Saturday April 1 in home-town Burgdorf, Switzerland, after a short venture to the Heavyweight division last September.
Nicknamed “The Real Deal”, Seferi took on a big challenge when he accepted to fight world-class Manuel Charr in Germany for the WBA International Heavyweight belt, but the added weight didn’t do him any good and he lost on points after a spirited effort.
The loss is the sole blemish on his otherwise outstanding 21-1 (19) record, and now he is ready to make the first defense of the WBF title he won on April 23, 2016 at the very same venue, the Markthalle. On the undercard will be his older brother, former WBO European champion Nuri Seferi (37-8, 21 KOs).
Sefer will face former Brazilian and South American Champion Marcelo Ferreira dos Santos, who brings a record of 22-10-1 (18), and hasn’t lost a fight in almost ten years. Now based in Spain, where he had two of his last three bouts, dos Santos has stopped fourteen of his last fifteen opponents inside the distance.
“Fight Night” at the Markthalle in Burgdorf, featuring the Seferi brothers and headlined by Sefer Seferi vs. Marcelo Ferreira dos Santos for the WBF Intercontinental Cruiserweight title, will be promoted by Knockout Boxing Switzerland, run by the Seferi brothers themselves.
The event will also feature fights from WBC super featherweight champ Eva Wahlström and super middleweight contender Niklas Räsänen.
Edis Tatli defends his EBU lightweight belt against Francesco Patera in May
European Boxing Union’s lightweight champion “Prince” Edis Tatli (29–1, 10 KOs) will defend his title against Belgian Francesco Patera (17–2, 7 KOs) in May. The fight was announced today at the press conference of Juho Haapoja’s and Leonardo Bruzzese’s EBU-EU cruiserweight title clash (25th March).
Tatli v. Patera will be held in Turku, Finland at Gatorade Center on May 6th. Women’s WBC super featherweight champion Eva Wahlström and the talented super middleweight contender Niklas Räsänen will also appear on the card.
Tatli, who scored an impressive TKO victory over Manuel Lancia last December, expects a tough fight.
“Patera has a good reach, and his fights are always action-packed,” said Tatli. “Luckily I keep getting better. It’ll be a war, but I can handle him.”
This will be Tatli’s fourth title defense since he beat Yvan Mendy in a fight for the championship in 2015. The Finn has since fought Massimiliano Ballisai, Cristian Morales and Manuel Lancia, and each challenger has failed to capture the belt.
Tatli v. Patera is promoted by Dominus Boxing Group and will be live streamed by Viaplay.