It is no secret that Mateusz Masternak (28-0, 21 KOs) is considered to be one of the hottest cruiserweight prospects in the business. He will now get the chance to further enhance his reputation and crown himself the Champion of Europe on December 15. However, it will not be Alexander Alekseev standing in the way of the 25-year-old Pole in Nuremberg. The EBU stripped the Russian of his championship due to vague medical records. Therefore, the man from Wroclaw, Poland will step into the ring with Juho Haapoja (18-2-1,
11 KOs) from Finland to fight it out for the vacant European Cruiserweight Title.
“We are happy to announce that we have added another title fight to our event in Nuremberg,” said promoter Nisse Sauerland. “Unfortunately, Mateusz Masternak won’t get the chance to take the belt of Alexander Alekseev as he does not hold it anymore. However, we found a good replacement in Juho Haapoja. As the current European Union Champion, he will make up for an attractive matchup against Masternak.” This fight will also mark the first chance for “The Master” to win a championship under the promotional banner of Team Sauerland.
The prodigy of Andrzej Gmitruk cannot wait to make the best out of this title opportunity. “At the moment, I feel as if my career is on the fast lane. Before the last fight on September 15 my wife Daria gave birth to a baby boy. Then I was able to beat David Quinonero by TKO in Germany. Now I get the chance to win this well-respected title. Winning a title before the end of the year would be the icing on the cake.” Regarding to former European Champion Alekseev, Masternak did not stuck for an answer. “I was originally disappointed that Alekseev was not available. He seems to be a little confused as on the one hand, he is not fit to fight me but on the other hand, he is calling out the current World Champions. Maybe next year he will take up the challenge and enter the ring with me.” Asked about his ring-rival on December 15, Masternak said that he and Haapoja will make up for an exciting fight. “Our styles match up really well. He comes straightforward and can take a punch. I’m also not one to take a step back. People will be entertained and I am convinced, that in the end I will be the one standing tall.”
The main event at the Arena Nürnberger Versicherung will see the first title defence of WBO Super Middleweight World Champion Arthur Abraham (35-3, 27 KOs) who takes on Mehdi Bouadla (26-4, 11 KOs) from France. Polish fans will be able to follow the fight in Poland with the broadcaster within the next few days. In Finland, the fight can be watched on MTV-3. Tickets can be purchased at www.eventim.de.
Vinny Maddalone to fight on December 8th
QUEENS, NY (November 12, 2012)—On the heels of one of the most successful shows that has taken place in New York City on September 22nd, boxing returns to the beautiful Resorts World Casino New York City in Queens, NY on Saturday December 8th
The card promoted by New Legend Boxing, Old World Boxing and W.O.N. Promotions will be headlined by Queens favorite Heavyweight Vinny Maddalone.
Maddalone who hails from nearby Flushing, NY has a record of 35-8 with twenty-six knockouts. He is an all-action style fighter that has thrilled boxing fans since 1999.
Maddalone won his first fifteen fights and developed himself as a big attraction. He holds wins over Shannon Miller (11-0), Benji Baker (18-6), Dominique Alexander (19-7-1) and Chris Koval (25-8). Maddalone has been in memorable wars with Brian Minto (Twice), Four-time Heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield, former Cruiserweight champion’s Jean-Marc Mormeck and Tomasz Adamek, as well as undefeated upstarts Dennis Boytsov and Tyson Fury.
Maddalone’s opponent in the ten round bout will be announced shortly.
The undercard will feature some of the best local prospects in the New York area.
Coming off a fight worthy to compete for “Fight of The Year”, Frank Galarza (7-0-1, 4 KO’s) will see action in an eight round co-feature Jr. Middleweight bout for the NYS Title.
Galarza engaged in a memorable fight on September 22nd, as he and fellow unbeaten prospect Alantez Fox fought to a draw before a sold out crowd at the Resorts World Casino.
Also slated for an eight round bout is undefeated Super Bantamweight Juan Dominguez (11-0, 7 KO’s) of Brooklyn, NY via the Dominican Republic.
Dominguez is coming off an impressive six round unanimous decision over Jesus Bayron on September 22nd.
Rafael Vazquez (8-1, 6 KO’s) will look to rebound from his first professional loss when he takes on an opponent to be named in a six round Featherweight bout.
Elton Dharry (10-5-1, 5 KO’s) will look to make it nine straight wins and five straight knockouts when he takes part in a six round Bantamweight bout.
Appearing in four round bouts will be Lightweight Angel Garcia (3-1, 2 KO’s) of Brooklyn; Super Bantamweight Heather Hardy (2-0) of Brooklyn; and Pro Debuting Lightweight Bryant Cruz of Port Chester, NY
In a featured four round Super Middleweight bout, Forty-Seven year old Rob Garris will make his pro debut.
Garris of Mount Vernon, New York will be the only athlete in the world to come back from Amateur to Professional after twenty-seven years retired.
Garris will be fighting to support the Throwawaykids Foundation which raises awareness for neglected and abandoned children.
Tickets prices are $50 General Admission, $125 Ringside and $225 VIP (Includes Open Bar & Buffet) and can be purchased by calling New Legend Boxing 718-487-4474 and/or logging on to www.NewLegendBoxing.com
A portion of the ticket proceeds will be donated to the victims of Hurricane Sandy