By Per-Ake Persson
46-year old Italian cruiser Silvio Branco, 62-11-3 and holder of multiple titles over the year, could be facing Finn Juho Haapoja, 20-3-1 and former EU champ, July 6 on a OPI 2000 promotion with site to be announced.
P 3 Boxing, who promotes Haapoja, are working on finalizing the deal. No word if any title is at stake.
Silvio Branco vs Juho Haapoja
Jennifer Retzke and Mikaela Lauren was announced as on for March 30 in Stockholm with the vacant IBF female jr middleweight title at stake. However, the promotors ran into financial problems and was forced to cancel their involvement in the show.
However, New Sweden, headed by father and son, Leif and Robert Nordman, took over the fight along with Lauren´s manager Siamak Vis Jagemar and put the fight back on June 1 in Tierp but then moved it to Stockholm on the same date and paid an advancement to Retzke for ten percent of the purse.
Last week New Sweden cancelled the show officially due to an ongoing dispute with the Swedish Federation, SBF. However, SBF ruled that New Sweden had called the show off without giving any reason and thus harming the boxers in particular and handed out a 24 month suspension to Nordman and Jagemar. Between the lines it´s claimed that New Sweden simply couldn´t finance the show and used the dispute for an easy way out - this is strongly disputed by Robert Nordman, who says New Sweden take a heavy loss as it is.
But the fight didn´t die there and is now on for London July 5 on a show sanctioned by the German Boxing Association, the GBA, a non EBU member where Retzke´s agent Mario Pokowietz is one of the creators. Nordman was listed as co-promoter of the show but appears now to be in the hands of Dave Murphy.
There´s probably more to come on this story and last but least there might be Swedish Boxing Association under construction, which will work closely with GBA.
The Martial Arts Delegation, MAD, outdid themselves this week when they allowed welters Patrick Bogere and Patrick Allotey to clash for the vacant WBC Int´l Silver title over a 20 minute distance, meaning ten two minute rounds. The Swedish Federation, SBF, had applied for 8x3 which the WBC and Allotey had accepted but now got 10x2 instead.
SBF have appealed the decision so there´s hopefully a happy ending to come. 12 minute is still the max distance allowed proboxing in Sweden with ten ounce gloves worn in all weight divisions.
Bogere vs Allotey will go ahead June 14 in Stockholm as co-feature along with Frida Wallberg´s defence of the WBC female jr lightweight title against Diana Prazak.
Purse bids for Kubrat Pulev´s defence of EBU heavyweight title against Tyson Fury, that is also an IBF final eliminator, have been postponed from May 28 to June 1 and will go ahead at the Savoyen Hotel in Vienna, Austria on EBU´s General Assembly.
By Per-Ake Persson
May 20, Thun, SWI:
Dmitri Atrohov, 77,0, Blr W 6 Mischa Nigg, 77,3, Swi
Nasi Hani, 91,0, Maz/Swi D 6 Yuri Bihoutseu, 91,0, Blr
May 20, Deinze, BEL:
Hedi Slimane, 60,0, Bel W 8 Kristian Dochev, 60,1, Bul
James Hagenimana, 72,0, Bel KO 1 Sidi Slimani, 71,4, Bel
Wesley Hertoge, 60,1, Bel W 6 Younes Amrani, 60,1, Bel
Jean Pierre Habimana, 68,9, Bel W 6 Hovhannes Kishmiryan, 68,5, Bel
4x2: Elfi Philips, 63,5, Bel D 4 Talitha Groot, 64,0, Nth
May 19, Manlleu, SPA:
Sandor Martin, Spa W6-U Santos Medrano, Nic
May 18, Parkano, FIN,
6x3, h: Janne Katajisto, TKO 4 (end of) Janis Ginters,
Indeed end of as Ginters retire with an elbow injury just before the bell rang. Katajisto was shaken in the first but wore down Ginters after that.
m: Fitif Latifi, W 6 (59-56) Aleksei Tsatiasvili,
May 18, Bernissart, BEL:
10x3: Sheldon Moore, 69,8, Bel KO 4 Cedric Spera, 69,8, Bel
vacant Belgian jr middle title
Jonathan Esposto, 61,6, Bel W 6 Pascal Bouchez, 62,5, Bel
4x3: Stephane Malenou, 68,6, Bel KO 3 Cristan Nicolae, 66,9, Rom
May 18, Verviers, BEL:
Mustapha Stini, 78,8, Bel W 6 Lubo Hantak, 79,7, Slo
6x3: Faroukh Kourbanov, 58,0, Bel TKO 2 (ret) Karol Csicso, 55,0, Slo
Elmach Ismailov, 75,5, Bel D 4 Mohamed El Achi, 76,2, Fra
May 18, Kecskemet, HUN, Istvan Messzi, Felix Promotion
sm: Balasz Kelemen, Hun W10-U Said Mbelwa, Tan
vacant WBO Int´l supermiddle title
sb: Zsolt Bedak, Hun W6-U Andrei Staliarchuk, Blr
6x3, jm: Attila Kovacs, Hun KO 4 Zoran Didanovic, Ser
6x3, m: Lajos Mark Nagy, Hun TKO 5 Misa Nikolic, Ser
May 18, Marseille, FRA: Dome, Urban Boxing United
8x3, lh: Nadjib Mohammedi, Fra KO 3 Shalva Jomardashvili, Geo
6x3, jw: Renald "Lelion" Garrido, Fra TKO 4 Romain Peker, Fra
c: Omar Bellouati, Fra W 4 Mathieu Monnier, Fra
May 18, Niort, FRA:
1/2 CLL, m: Davy Armand, Fra W8-M Ousmane Kone, Fra
78-75, 77-75 and 77-77.
May 18, Plelo, FRA:
m: Niclas Larmet, Fra W 6 Joris Neau, Fra
May 18, Vitry-sur-Seine, FRA:
w: Mihail Orlov, Fra W 4 Michael Pausan, Fra
May 18, Carentan, FRA:
w: William Lereverend, Fra D 4 James Alves, Fra
May 18, Creutzwald, FRA;
m: Pierre Moreno, Fra W 6 Juan Martinez Bas, Spa
May 18, Legionow, POL, Babilon Boxing Promotion
Krzysztof Zimnoch, 218, Pol W8-U Oliver McCall, 246, US
77-76, 77-75 and 79-75 - McCall fought while under suspension in the US due to medical problems but still has enough left to give Zimnoch a fight so close that some felt he nicked it.
sm: Andrzej Soldra, Pol D 6 Bartlomiej Grafka, Pol
Soldra was floored in the fifth and faded after that.
Marcin Rekowski,224, Pol TKO 5 (1.34) Eljiah McCall, 229, US
McCall made a good start but faded and was taking a beating and was finally floored and stopped.
w: Michal Zerominski, Pol W6-U Lukasz Janik, Pol
l: Krzysztof Cieslak, Pol KO 4 Ariel Krasnopolski, Pol
Cieslak was down in the first but comes back and took out Krasnopolski with a left hook in the fourth.
Kamil Szeremeta, Pol W4-M Robert Talarek,
Michal Szebestik, Pol W4-M Erek Cieslowski,
May 18, Klimovsk, RUS, Yunost Sports Arena
h: Kelvin Price, US W10-U Danny Williams, Uk/Lat
Price outclasses Williams and Danny, againx3 announces his retirement.
b: Sahib Usarov, Rus W8-U Zhandos Zhetpisbaev, Kaz
Fedor Chudinov, Rus TKO 3 (1.39) Julio Acosta, Cub/?
l: Roman Andreev, Rus TKO 3 (2.24) Miguel Aguilar, Nic/?
Aguilar was floored twice apparently with low blows before it´s stopped.
b: Nikolay Potapov, Rus W10-U Abigail Medina, D R
100-90, 100-91 and 100-94.
May 18, Moscow, RUS, Crocus Hall, Hrunov Promotions/Don King Productions/
Guillermo Jones, 199,5, Pan KO 11 (1.54) Denis Lebedev, 198,75, Rus
Jones wins back the WBA title he never lost in the ring by knocking out Lebedev, who was floored and counted outed with grotesque swollen and cut eyes looking like a real life Elephant Man. Jones was behind on points on scores of 96-94 twice and 97-93 after ten.
Alexander Povetkin, 228,25, Rus TKO 3 (2.23) Andrzej Wawrzcyk, 232,5, Pol
Povetkin retains the WBA regular title as the Polish challenger is floored in the second and twice in the third before it was stopped.
m: Dmitry Chudinov, Rus TKO 4 (not out) Grady Brewer, US
Brewer was hurt by bodyshots and retired between rounds.
l: Eduard Trojanovski, Rus TKO 2 Luis Zambrano, Col
Trojanovski retained the PABA with an easy two round stoppage over Zambrano, who was down in both the first and second.
Alexey Stakanichov, Rus KO 2 Oney Valdez, Col
Stakanichov took out Valdez with a left hook to the body.
m: Arif Magomedov, Rus TKO 3 (1.46) Segundo Herrera, Col
Magomedov was down twice in the first but comes back and stops Herrera with a left hook to the body.
May 18, Horneburg bei Hamburg, GER, EC Box Promotion, bdb
GŲkalp ÷zekler, Ger W8-U Siruk Donsdean, Rus/Hamburg
jm: Denis Krieger, Ger TKO 1 GŲkhan Kaya, Solingen, Ger
c: Damir Beljo, Ger TKO 1 Petr Jasukievic, Cze
6x2, jw-b: Klara Svensson, Swe TKO 1 Helena Tosnerova, Cze
Tosnerova was about the most pathetic excuse for a boxer I´ve ever seen, small, overweight and completely green at boxing. Her cornerman waved the towel late in the first to save all from further embarrassment. Promoter Ceylan said afterwards that the Czech had not delivered the opponents agreed on.
May 18, Bilbao, SPA: Euskoboxe
6x3: Andoni Gago, Spa TKO 3 Daniel Bueno, Spa
Kerman Lejarraga, Spa, debut W 4 Jair Cortes, Spa
May 17, Pont Audemer, FRA, Gerard Teysseron
m: Karim Achour, Fra W10-U Damien Bertu, Fra'
Achour retained the French title on scores of 97-93 twice and 98-92.
lh: Patrick Bois, Fra W10-U Jonathan Profichet, Fra
Bois won the vacant French lightheavy title on scores of 96-94 twice and 97-93.
l: Jonathan Outin, Fra W 4 Dame Seck, Fra
May 17, Val-d´Oise, FRA:
f: Geoffrey Dos Santos, Fra W 6 Nicolas Lemoing, Fra
w: Ala Edine Moussa, Fra W 4 William Jules, Fra
May 16, Grenoble, FRA:
w: Lyes Chabi, Fra W 5 Mekki Mjid, Fra
f: Matthieu Russeau, Fra W 5 Sofiane Bellahcene,
l: Jaber Zayani, W 4 Jean Noel Alvarez, Fra
May 15, St Petersburg, RUS, Giant Hall / Casino Conti, Baltic Pro Box (S Mitchnik)
m: Konstantin Ponomarov, Rus W8-U Sergey Melis, Est
David Avanesyan, Rus TKO 3 Bogdan Protsyshyn,
sb: Dmitry Kirillov, Rus TKO 5 (not out) Alexander Saltykov, Rus
Saltykov, outboxed, retired with an injury between rounds.
h: Evgeny Orlov, Rus W6-U Mikhail Cherkas,
h: Alexander Vasilyev, Rus D 4 Sedrak Agagulyan, Rus
m: Felix Amoev, W4-U Tagir Rzaev, Rus
Andrey Ayfan, W4-U Fedor Lashin,
Evguenia Zablotskaya, W4-U Ksenia Maksimova,
Vitali Tajbert vs ? - off the show for reasons unknowns
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