By Per-Ake Persson
Antwerp Boxing Academy, headed by Renald DeVulder, were the sole bidder in yesterday purse bids in Rome for EU jr middle champ "Sugar" Jackson Osei Bonsu’s (pictured) defence against Spaniard Ivan Sanchez.
ABA bid 8000 EUR for the fight with date and site to be announced. However, neither man appears to be available in the next few months.
Osei Bonsu, 43-6-1, also have a fight lined up against Frenchman Frank Haroche Horta, 30-10-5, March 29 in Gent - but Harroche Horta must first come through a fight for the vacant national title against Sebastien Allais, 15-6-4, February 16 in Campbon.
As for Sanchez, 19-2-1, he’s lined up to defend the Spanish jr middle March 1 against Javier Garcia Roche, 12-1-1, in Hospitalet de Llobregat.
Felix Lora, a dangerous journeyman from Dominican Republic but now based in Barcelona, Spain, will defend the WBA I/C lightweight title March 9 in Espoo, Finland, against Edis Tatli, 19-0.
A pro since 2003 Lora have racked a number of upset wins and the losses are on the road against tough opponents. He won the title with an upset win over the previously undefeated Massimiliano Ballisai. Tatli, a good boxer but not a puncher, just relinquished the EU title and is in tough in this matchup.
Cruiser Juho Haapoja is featured in the semifinal on this P 3 Boxing promotion.
Spanish jr welter Daniel Rasilla, 25-4-2, had a tough weekend as he lost to Ruben Nieto, 10-0, over ten in a fight for the national title. Rasilla was down three times in the fights and a lost a wide decision.
This loss also killed a fight against reigning EU champ Jean Pierre Bauwens that was set for April 19 in Gent and the search is now on for a new opponent for Bauwens.
By Per-Åke Persson
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