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Janne Katajisto – Danny Williams on September 8th; Historic Back-to-Back Shows in the Dominican

Since its birth back in November 2008, the rising Finnish professional boxing stable Caramelito Promotions has promoted 14 shows. In early August it´s time for the next event when the stable´s cruiserweight boxer Janne Forsman (4-0, 1 KO) will battle Lithuanian Ruslan Bitarov in a scheduled six round bout.

Later this year, in October, Forsman will confront his undefeated countryman Marko Mononen in a national title fight. The 16th show of the Caramelito Promotions will take place on 8th September in the stable’s hometown, Vaasa, where promoter Markus Lammi builds up a show in a local night club with 2-3 professional bouts and some amateur fights.

History will be made as the main event of the show will have the biggest name ever to fight in the city of Vaasa or in any event by Caramelito Promotions, when Mike Tyson conqueror and former WBC heavyweight title challenger Danny “Brixton Bomber” Williams (44-11, 33 KO) faces the reigning Finnish national and Baltic Boxing Union (BBU) heavyweight titlist Janne “Finnish Butterbean” Katajisto (10-0-1, 5 KO). Katajisto´s BBU title will be at stake in the scheduled eight round bout, as Williams is currently licenced by the Baltic League of Professional Boxing, making him eligible for the title.

The 39-year-old London-based “Brixton Bomber” Williams rose to worldwide fame in July 2004 by knocking out the legendary Mike Tyson. Later in the same year Williams challenged Vitali Klitschko for WBC heavyweight title. During his over 15-year professional career Williams, a former British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion, has beaten several big names on an international scale like Audley Harrison (Olympic Gold medalist), Matt Skelton (EBU European champion), Michael Sprott (EBU-EU champion), John McDermott and Kali Meehan (world title challenger).

Katajisto, 34, who is managed by the Finnish top coach Petro Koskimies, is now clearly facing the biggest name of his career so far. As an amateur boxer Katajisto beat the former EBU heavyweight champion Robert Helenius twice to capture Finnish amateur national superheavyweight championships in 2001 and 2002. Katajisto turned pro in August 2009 by knocking out Russian debutant Igor Evseev in the 1st round. Since then Katajisto has compiled an almost perfect record of 10-0-1, 5 KO. Last September Katajisto won his Finnish national and BBU heavyweight belts by TKO 7 –decision over former national cruiserweight titlist Petter Antman (now 8-2-1, 1 KO).

– When Janne got permission for full training from his doctor after an elbow surgery, me and Petro decided that for the September show we will look for a challenging and even match-up where Katajisto might be a slight underdog. Our team has a clear aim to help Katajisto to rise in rankings and I do believe that in September Janne will successfully defend his BBU title against Williams, says promoter Markus Lammi from Caramelito Promotios.

– In my opinion Janne shouldn’t have any problems in the fight as long as he remembers to box and forgets Williams´ previous achievements. If Janne concentrates only on fighting on that specific Saturday evening, we will see Janne´s hand to be raised as a sign of victory at the end of the bout. No question about that! Katajisto is simply too fast-handed and durable against Brixton Bomber´s power shots, promises manager Petro Koskimies.

– I´m definitely looking forward to this bout! I´m sure that after I have beaten Danny, there will be some bigger offers from the USA or Europe again. Last spring I had to turn down some really good offers because of the injury, but this fight will prove to everyone that the “Finnish Butterbean” is back in business, Janne Katajisto says.

In the second pro fight of the event, welterweight and kickboxing world championship bronze medalist Teemu Tuominen (1-0, 1 KO) will make a comeback after a nineteen-month break.
For more information over the show, please visit at http://www.caramelitopromotions.com/

Historic Back-to-Back Shows in the Dominican

Sampson Boxing and Manguita Promotions will return to the Dominican Republic on August 11 and 12 at the Coliseo Teo Cruz in Santo Domingo with history-making back-to-back shows, each featuring IBF World Title fights.

On August 11, Santo Domingo’s hometown hero Katy Pamela “La Super Baby” Wilson (15-1, 9 KOs) will make the first defense of her IBF Female Super Bantamweight Championship against mandatory challenger Crystal Hoy (5-4-3, 2 KOs) of Las Vegas via the Philippines.

The popular 21-year-old Wilson won her title last March against well-respected multiple world champion Ada Velez.

Also featured that night will be an important “All Dominican Republic” junior welterweight matchup, as established top contender Victor “Mermelada” Cayo (28-3, 20 Kos) of Santo Domingo will face unbeaten Julio “La Para” De Jesus (15-0, 14 KOs) of San Francisco de Macoris for the Vacant IBF Caribbean title.

On the undercard, former world champion Roberto “La Arana” Vasquez (31-5, 21 KOs) will meet the Dominican Republic’s Geysi Lorenzo (11-3, 2 Kos) in a super bantamweight 10-rounder.

Four more bouts are scheduled featuring Dominican featherweight Braulio “El Chavo” Rodriguez (7-0, 7 KOs), Dominican lightweight Argenis “El Caballo” Lopez (14-0, 3 KOs), Dominican lightweight Ranses Payano (10-1, 5 KOs) and Santo Domingo’s own former women’s super-bantamweight world champion Marilyn “La Cachorrita” Hernandez (21-8, 12 KOs) in separate bouts.

The following night in the same venue, IBF Female Featherweight World Champion Daihana Santana (29-6, 13 KOs) will defend her title against mandatory challenger Helen Joseph (11-1-1, 6 KOs) of Nigeria.

In the main supporting bout, the Dominican Republic’s Juan Carlos “Merengue” Abreu (10-0, 9 KOs) will face Bayamon, Puerto Rico’s John Nater (9-2, 8 KOs) for the Vacant IBF Youth World Junior Welterweight Title.

Also appearing on this night’s show will be popular Dominican super bantamweight prospect Jonathan Guzman (5-0, 5 KOs), Panamanian light middleweight Azael “Turbo” Cosio (14-1-2, 11 KOs), Dominican light welterweight veteran Francisco “El Ahogado” Lorenzo (38-11, 17 KOS), Dominican super featherweight Angel “El Gato” Luna (6-0, 4 KOs) and Dominican bantamweight Ruben Vicente (6-3, 2 KOs).

“I am proud to be bringing these historic shows to the Dominican,” said event promoter Sampson Lewkowicz. “This country has a wave of top young talent on the way up; Javier Fortuna was only the beginning. It has been my pleasure to work with Manguita Promotions to develop so many future champions.”