By Per Ake Persson: According to German paper Bild Zeitung, IBF and WBO heavyweight champ Wladimir Klitschko has received an offer for five million EUR from Sauerland Event to face Alexander Povetkin, the IBF mandatory challenger – and Klitscko turned it down. Wladimir insisted on fighting Tony Thompson in July next but the matter is becoming complicated. Sauerland Event have protested to the IBF and a decision is expected soon..
WBA heavy champ Ruslan Chagaev´s defence of the title against Nikolai Valuev will go ahead May 31 at the Koenig Pilsener Arena in Oberhausen. It seems as if WBA bantam titleholder Wladimir Sidorenko will defend the title against Panamanian challenger Anselmo Moreno in the chief support.
The undercard to Sturm – Pittman April 5 in Duesseldorf features several interesting matchups. Of note is the pro debut of heavyweight Markus Tomala and the comeback of Manuel Charr. Charr was previously with Sauerland Event but landed behind bars after being accused of stabbing a man in a gang related feud. The case is still not closed but for now Charr is trained by Fritz Sdunek and fights for Universum. Russian heavy Vladimir Tereshkin face Adnan Serin in his first test as pro. Jurgen Brahmer test the waters at lightheavy in his fight against Karim Bennama and touted middle Gennadyi Golovkin square off against Canadian Ian Gardner.
Heavyweight veteran David Tua headlines a World Sporting Promotion July 12 in Odessa, Ukraine, with Israeli heavy Roman Greenberg in a supporting bout. The show will feature heavyweights only.
The EBU have named Italian Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye official challenger for EU supermiddle champ Lolenga Mock. Mock beat Ndiaye on a close call in Odense March 14 but to this reporter and many other ringsiders it looked as if Ndiaye had nicked it. His promoter, Davide Buccioni, was to put it mildly very upset.
The “Grand Tornoi” in France continues April 17 at Cirque d´Hiver in Paris with Denis Saioni vs Sylvain Gomis, and Woilid Guarras-Alain Sebire, both fights are scheduled for six and made at middleweight. In the main event French welter champ Franck Harroche Horta defends against Nicolas Guisset.
Polish cruiser Krzysztof Wlodarczyk, the fomer IBF champ, keeps busy with a fight against George Sabuni April 5 in Warka. Veteran journeyman Dariusz Snarski face Hungarian Istvan Nagy in a WBF I/C lightweight match.
Former Italian welter champ Adriano Offreda was tragically killed in a car accident recently. Offreda went 14-1-2 as a pro and split two fights with Alessandro Duran.
Spanish welters Javi Vega and Daniel Perez Salido clash for the national title April 4 in Madrid.
WBC Youth jr welter champ Ali Chebah defends against Thai Saengsakda Charoenkasem April 17 in Bejaia, Algeria.
Danish promoter Robert Larsen promotes in Fredrikssund April 19 with welter Christian Bladt, jr light Robert Osiobe and lightweight Kasper Bruun confirmed for the show