By Per-Ake Persson
Michel Soro (25-1-1) and Emanuele Blandamura (22-1-0) square off for the vacant EBU middleweight title June 20 in Italy on a OPI 2000 Promotion.
Blandamura lost to Billy Joe Saunders last year for the then also vacant title but Saunders have since relinquished the belt and Blandamura returned in December with a win and is thus qualified for another attempt.
Soro, from France, suffered his sole loss 2012 in a fight against then WBO superwelter titleholder Zauerbek Baysangurov but have gone 6-0-1 sinc then.
British featherweight Josh Warrington (21-0) has due to what is described as a slight injury relinquished the EBU title. According to the EBU Warrington is unable to fight until September.
The vacant EBU featherweight title will be disputed between Alex Miskirtchian (24-3-1) and Rudy Encarnacion (33-23-4). The EBU are now calling for purse bids and all bids received will be opened at noon (Rome time) May 13.
Encarnacion have thus been stripped of the EU title where was all set to defend it against Sofiane Takoucht July 10 in Fuengirola. Rudy is 10-0-1 over the last three years after spending a long time as a good journeyman.
Miskirtchian lost to IBF champ Evgeny Gradovich last year and previously held the EBU title.
Spanish superlightweight veteran Ignacio Mendoza (40-10-2) defends the national title June 5 in Madrid against undefeated prospect Nicolas Gonzales (12-0) on a Maravillabox / Tundra co-promotion.
Mendoza comes in off a good win in Canada this past weekend when he knocked out prospect David Theroux in the seventh and is a dangerous puncher with a somewhat fragile chin.
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