Russian-born Welterweight Roman “The Lion” Belaev will take on late-substitute Nasser Athumani of Kenya for the vacant World Boxing Federation Intercontinental title on Saturday June 8 at the Centre Sportif Obercorn in Differdange, Luxembourg.
Belaev was originally scheduled to take on George Ungiadze, but the Georgian was unable to travel due to visa problems. Nicknamed “The Silencer”, Athumani, in full training for another fight and with a valid Schengen visa, steps in to save the day.
Only 22 years old, Belaev has based his professional boxing career in Germany where he has racked up eleven straight victories, and nine of those inside the distance (11-0, 9 KOs). He is being hailed as a future star, and has so far showed great promise in the ring with excellent technique and power.
Last year Belaev scored his biggest victory so far when he decisioned current French champion Frank Haroche Horta, a real tough customer to get by for a young prospect, and this past April he claimed a minor belt by stopping Argentinean Nelson Fabian Pilotti in four rounds.
The extremely experienced Athumani, 23-9-3 (17), is a former Kenyan and African champion, and have also picked up a slew of regional titles since turning pro in 1994. Fighting all over the world he has shared a ring with big names such as Timothy Bradley, Juan Urango and Vernon Paris.
In 2011 he defeated undefeated Turkish prospect Yavuz Ertuerk (11-0), and last year he scored a draw with Azerbaijani Azad Azizov (25-3-1) and lost competitive decisions to Rico Mueller (12-1-1) and Patrick Bogere (10-1) to show that he still has a lot to offer.
With these two big punchers clashing, it is almost a certainty that fireworks will break out and that someone will get knocked out. Will the young Lion prevail, or will he be silenced by the experience and Southpaw-power of Athumani?
The fight will be promoted by B.C. Rubino Gym Differdange.