By Per-Ake Persson
Carole Bettini, daughter of the late Fabio Bettini, have written a biography on her father who was French middleweight champion from 1971 through 1974 in a long, hard and glorious career.
Bettini was around in what was a great era for French and European boxing and it was especially tough in the middleweight division. Fabio, who passed away last year, fought the likes of Nino Benvenuti, Jean Claude Bouttier, Willie Monroe, Sandro Mazzinghi, Tom Bogs, Ruben Carter, Sugar Ray Robinson, Max Cohen, Gratien Tonna and a number of other greats.
Bettini fought professionally from 1960 through 1974 compiling a record of 44-30-14.
A number of his former opponents pay homage to their former opponent and friend in the book where also moviestar and fightfan Jean Paul Belmondo participate. Unfortunately for many of us the book is available in French only.
Bulgarian heavy Kubrat Pulev, 19-0, face grizzled old veteran Sherman "Tank" Williams, 36-13-2, December 14 in Neubrandenburg. Pulev is mandatory challenger - for IBF that is - for Wladimir Klitschko and also mandatory challenger for EBU heavyweight champ Dereck Chisora but have to wait for what either of these two are up to next. Also on this Sauerland show is British heavyweight David Price, who is looking to resurrect his career against huge Russian Evgeny Orlov. Lightheavies Juergen Braehmer and Miguel Oliveira headline in a fight for the WBA regular title. Jr middle Jack Culcay is also on the bill and is now trained by Brit Gary Logan.
IBF superbantam champ Kiko Martinez, 29-4-1, defends the title against South African Jeffrey Mathebula, 27-4-2, December 21 in Elche (Spain) on a Maravilla Box / Sampson Boxing / Gary Shaw / Branco Sports co-promotion. Cruiser Ibrahim Lopez, 9-0-1, take on Mustafa Chadlioui, 2-0-1, in a ten rounder in the chief support.
Italian Mario Pisanti and Ivan Ruiz Morote clash for the vacant EU featherweight title December 28 in Latina. This fight was first set for November 29 but was postponed.
German cruiser Serdar "Bomber" Sahin, 22-1, take on undefeated Pole Krysztof Glowacki, 20-0, December 14 in Walcz (Poland). Sahin´s sole loss came when he moved down to lightheavy and was stopped by Robin Krasniqi. Sahin vs Glowacki is for the WBO I/C title.
Aleksander Alekseev, who just fought and lost to IBF cruiser king Yoan Pablo Hernandez, is takes over as promoter for EC Box Promotion, whom Aleksander signed with when he left Universum. Erol Ceylan, who started the company and have been its biggest sponsor through his energy drink enterprise Evil will step back. The big EC show in Hamburg December 20 will be Alekseev´s first as promoter and his days as a fighter appears to be numbered. Headlining the Hamburg show is heavyweight Christian Hammer in a defence of the WBO I/C title against Kevin Johnson. Also set is cruiser Nuri Seferi taking on former WBA interim champ Steve Herelius and the "Diamond Boy", heavyweight Manuel Charr is negotiating with James Toney but it appears not to be a done deal yet. Should Toney come Charr will defend all of his WBC subtitles on the show.
By Per-Ake Persson
Dec 1, Trieste, ITA:
Roberto Cocco, 75,9, Ita W10-U Fabrizio Leone, 76,2, Ita
Cocco retained the Italian supermiddle title on scores of 96-94 twice and 98-95 in the sole promatch on a mixed Muay Thai and K 1 fights.
Dec 1, Puy-de-Dome, FRA:
6x3, lh: Hugo Kasperski, Fra KO 1 Yoann Bloyer, Fra
w: Bruno Marcellin, Fra W 6 Chams Eddine Soltane, Fra
sw: Robert Zapunyan, Fra W6-M Yahya Tlaouziti, Fra
Nov 30, Hamina, FIN, Ruissalon Liikuntahalli, Caramelito Promotions
Tamas Lodi, 87,9, Hun KO 11 (2.42) Janne Forsman, 88,3, Fin
Forsman was off to an early lead but faded halfway and Lodi came on strong to stop the hometown hero in the 11th and won the vacant WBO Euro title. After ten it was scored 96-93 twice for Lodi and 95-95.
Fitim Latifi, 72,3, Fin W10-U Timo Laine, 71,5, Fin
Latifi won the Finnish title on scores of 100-90, 100-91 and 98-94. The BBU bauble was also at stake.
Sami Enbom, 90,1, Fin W6-U Goga Gorgiladze, 90,15, Geo
60-54, 59-55 and 60-55.
4x3: Mika Ritala, 74,8, Fin, debut KO 3 (1.09) Mikko Sateri, 76,5, Fin
Ritala was down twice in the second but came back to knock Sateri in the third.
Petteri FrŲjdholm, 59,6, Fin W4-U Bence Molnar, 59,2, Hun
40-36 on all cards.
Pertti Keita, 71,3, Fin W4-U Renat Samedevi, 70,5, Fin
39-37 on all cards.
Nov 30, Condom, FRA, Salle Pierre Montesquiou
Alexandre Lepelley, Fra W6-S Mohamed Mimoune, Fra
58-57 twice for Lepelley and 58-55 for Mimoune.
Nov 30, Tours, FRA, Halle Monconseil
8x2, jw: Miriam Lamare, Fra W 8 Loli Munoz, Spa
6x3, sm: Morgan Le Gal, Fra TKO 4 Maurice Possit, Fra
sl: Gallus Coulon, Fra W 4 Khalid Habchane, Fra
Nov 30, Laval, FRA; Salle Constant Saisis
w: Jordy Weiss, Fra W 4 James Alves, Fra
Nov 30, Aix-en-Provence, FRA, Salle Louison Bobet
lh: Nadjib Mohammedi, Fra TKO 6 Oleksandr Chervyak, Ukr
Mohammedi retained the WBA Cont´l title by stopping Chervyak in the sixth.
lh: Mehdi Amar, Fra W 6 (58-57) Gabriel Lecrosnier, Fra
sf: Sofiane Bellahcene, Fra W 6 (59-55) Alexandre Prilip,
f: Julien Chaput, Fra W 4 (39-37) Jean Noel Alvarez, Fra
Didier Espin, Fra W 4 (39-37) Dmitry Halley, Fra
l: Jean Moraiti, Fra D 4 Yann Rieutord, Fra
Nov 30, Albertville, FRA;
lh; Nicolas Salsi, Fra W 4 Egzon Mucolli,
Nov 30, Lyuberts, RUS, Triumph Palace of Sports, Alexander Polguy
c: Dmitry Kudriashov, Rus KO 1 (0.50) Zack Mwekassa, Con
sf: Evgueny Chuprakov, Rus TKO 10 (2.30) Alexey Shorokhov, Rus
vacant Russian superfeather title
jm: Maksim Ponomarov, Ukr W6-U Alexey Kovalev, Rus
Gor Arutunyan, NC 1 Arkadiy Arutunyan,
no relation - Gor badly cut early in the first.
Nov 30, Mississauga, ONT,
sw: Brandon Cook, Can TKO 4 Luca M Pasqua, Ita
Nov 30, Beeskov, GER, Sportzentrum, gba
sw: Nick Klappert, Ger TKO 7 Idiozan Matos, Bra
Klappert won the IBO I/C 154 lb title flooring Matos twice in the seventh.
sl: Azad Azizov, W12-U Phillip Schuster,
117-111 twice and 118-112, vacant GBC superlight title.
c: Ali Reza Faranakh, Den/Gba W 4 Patrick Berger, Ger
4x3, sl: Osama Hadifi, Den/gba TKO 1 Julius Harvan,
Nov 30, Grozny, RUS, SKV Boxing / ITS Promotion
sm: Nikki Adler, Ger W10-U Zane Brige,
WBFed / WBC female supermiddle title.
Nov 30, Alcala de Henares, SPA:
sb: Cris Montilla, Spa W10-U David Sanchez, Spa
Montilla won the vacant Spanish superbantam title on scores of 98-92, 96-93 and 96-94. Sanchez was down in the sixth.
sw: Ruben Varon, Spa TKO 1 John Edison,
w: Michael Oyono, Spa W4-M Jair Cortes, Zaragoza / Tundra
39-37, 40-36 and 38-38.
sm: Francisco Navarro, Spa W4-U Miguel Lazana, Spa
40-36 twice and 40-37.
Nov 29, Madrid, SPA, Hotel Enrique de Madrid
Angel Moreno, Spa TKO 2 Lahcene Zemmouri, Spa
Alae Karmoun, Madrid, debut TKO 1 Alberto Milla, Spa, debut
Nov 29, El Prat de Llobregat, SPA, NGEvents
Ivan Ruiz Garrido, Spa W 4 Edilson Rio, Bra
Nov 29, Sedavi, SPA, Pabellon de Sedavi
Dani Cuevas, 75,0, Spa W4-U Daniele Silvestri, 77,1, Ita
40-36 on all cards.
Nov 29, Cergy-Pontoise, FRA: Rahilou Cergy Boxe
w: Ahmed El Mousaoui, Fra W10-S Franck Harroche Horta, Fra
El Mousaoi won the French welter title on scores of 95-94 and 96-93 while the third card read 96-94 for Horta, who have won, lost and drawn on split or majority calls a number of times by now. Franck was down in the first
10x2, f: Gaelle Amand, Fra W10-U Irma Balijagic-Adler, B & H
vacant female WBFed featherweight title, scored 97-93, 97-94 and 99-91.
sw; Zakaria Attou, Fra W 6 Mariusz Biskupski, Pol
6x3, sm: Hadillah Mohoumedi, Fra TKO 5 Bartlomiej Grafka, Pol
Ih: brahima Mariko, Fra W 6 David Spilmont, Fra
m: David Correa, Fra W 4 Grzegorz Sikorski, Pol
Nov 29, Clermont-Ferrand, FRA, Cosec la Gauthiere
sl: Chaquib Fadal, Fra TKO 7 Bastien Laforge, Fra
Fadal retained the French superlightweight title ending matters with a left hook to the body.
w: Ismael El Massoudi, Fra W 6 Santos Medrano, Nic
Fouad El Massoudi, Fra W 6 Lyes Chaibi, Fra
w: Kamal Mohamed, Fra TKO 3 Raul Asencio, Spa
sl: Morgan Ndong Zue, Fra W 4 Ala Edine Moussa, Fra
Nov 29, Chaumont, FRA, Salle Jean Masson
c: Walter Bender, Fra W 6 Sylvain Luce, Fra
l: Berlin Arthur M´Benguia Makassi, Fra W 4 Alikhan Tchedjoiev, debut
m: Sacramento Pereira Fernandes, debut W 4 Guy Yitenze Nijyou,
Nov 29, Morne a L´eau, Guadeloupe, FRA:
sl: Kevin Bertogal, Fra W 6 Alberto Rincon Paez,
Nov 29, Santa Maria Maddalena, ITA:
sw: Marcello Matano, Ita W 6 Arvydas Trizno, Lit
Nov 29, Ostia Antica, ITA:
l: Pasquale Di Silvio, Ita W 6 Oleksandr Samara, Ukr/Ita
w: Didi Florin Druica, Rom/Ita D 6 Emanuele Cavallucci, Ita
Nov 26, Paita, New Caledonia, FRA:
Nicolas Dion, Fra W 6 Steven Ma,
Nov 23, Bamberg, GER, Brose Arena, Sauerland Event
Yoan Pablo Hernandez, 90,1, Ger KO 10 (1.35) Alexander Alekseev, 90,2, Rus/Ger
Hernandez retained the IBF cruiser title ending this all southpaw clash with a short right. Alexeev was also down in the second and fifth but came on strong after that as Hernandez - as he often does - tired. Hernandez was shaken in the seventh but held it together and could end it with a single punch. Alekseev is an exellent fighter - but with questionable chin and stamina.
Alex Leapai, 111,0, Aus W10-U Denis Boytsov, 102,8, Rus/Ger
Leapai retained the WBO Asia-Pacific title on scores of 98-90 and 96-92 twice. Boytsov was down in the seventh and ninth in what on paper looks like a big upset but Boytsov´s record is built on bums and the long layoffs in recent years due to injuries and contractual (Universum) disputes have not helped.
Dmitry Sukhotsky, 78,4, Rus TKO 5 (not out) Eduard Gutknecht, 78,4, Ger
Sukhotsky won this IBF eliminator when Gutknecht was stopped by the doctor (W Wagner) with the left eye completely closed with a bad swelling. Gutknecht won the first two but then the swelling came early in the third and the eye closed. Gutknecht went all out in the fourth but is not a puncher and he couldn´t hurt Sukhotsky.
Noel Gevor, 90,7, Ger W8-U Sandro Siproshvili, 89,1, Geo
6x3: Anthony "Can you dig it" Yigit, 63,5, Swe TKO 6 (0.17) Michal Vosyka, 65,0, Cze
Yigit dominated the action all the way but was too eager and Vosyka, much taller, was able to survive. As Yigit poured it on again referee Norbert Dernberger stopped it with Vosyka and his corner protesting - and they were right. It should have been allowed to continue. Yigit very technical but with no power, kind of a Swedish Meldrick Taylor but tries to fight like a Earnie Shavers and that don´t work.
4x3: Wanik Awidjan, 76,5, Ger TKO 1 (1.00) Janos Olah, 76,5, Hun
The 18-year old Awidjan floored Olah with a straight right and kept the pressure up until it was stopped.
Otto Wallin, 99,3, Swe W4-U Tomas Mrazek, 108,4, Cze
Another all southpaw clash. Mrazek appeared to stun Wallin with a left late in the first but Otto moved more, worked the body and was too sharp for his willing and durable opponent.
Nov 23, Hamburg, GER, CU Arena, Ismail ÷zen, bdb
c: Juan Carlos Gomez, Hamburg W8-U Jindrich Velecky, Cze
Gomez won every round but couldn´t finish Velecky, who came in on two days notice replacing Werner Kreiskott (who surely wasn´t first pick either)
sm: Ismail ÷zen, Hamburg, W 8 Vladimir Fecko, Cze
Promoter ÷zen struggled to defeat Fecko, who came in on two days notice for Vasile Dragomir.
8x3, c: Leon Harth, Ger W dq 1 Yavuz Keles, Hamburg
Keles somehow got dq:d vs Harth, who came in on two days notice for Agren Smakici.
6x3, lh: Abel Gevor, Ger TKO 3 Ricards Bolotniks, Lat
l: Tunahan Keeser, Hamburg W4-S Petr Gyna, Cze
Keeser trained by the legendary Bruce ÷zbek.
m: Dominik Ameri, Ger W 6 Mazen Gierke, Ger
4x3, sm: Samir Said, Ger vs Siruk Donsdean, Ger
cancelled on very short notice. Donsdean had replaced Aleksandr Jankovic.
Nov 23, Campbon, FRA, Salle du Piloris,
w: Sebastien Allais, Fra W 12 Rachamongkoi Sor Pieonchit, Thai
UBO I/C welterweight title
10x3, 1/1 CLL, sm: Shamil Ismailov, Fra TKO 2 Armand Andre, Fra
Nov 23, Saint Lo, FRA, Salle Beaufilis,
Alexandre Lepelley, Fra W 6 Mahmoud Taha, Fra
lh: Gabriel Lecrosnier, Fra W 6 Julien Guibaud Ribaud, Fra
Nov 23, Charleroi, BEL:
Syroos Karameh Seyedin, 75,1, Bel W 6 Norbert Szekeres, 73,2, Hun
Michel Sanchez-Garcia, 73,1, Bel W 6 Robert Talarek, 73,0, Pol
6x3: Davide Dieli, 58,5, Ita TKO 4 David Kanales, 59,0, Hun
Lucas Severino, 73,7, Bel W 4 Pawel Seliga, 71,9, Pol
Ryad Merhy, 88,7, Bel W 4 Jakuk Wojicik, 90,5, Pol
Nov 23, Vitoria, SPA, Pabellon Judimendi de Vitoria, Euskobox
m: Kermano Lejarraga, Spa TKO 2 Fran Gonzales, Spa
Andoni Alonso, Spa W6-U Ryan Peleguer, Spa
Nov 23, Kloten, SWI:
David Roethlisberger, 94,0, Swi W6-U Plamen Nikolov, 104,3, Bul
Stephane Roethlisberger, 88,0, Swi W6-U Konstantin Alexandrov, 82,0, Bul
Nov 23, Riom, FRA:
6x3, b; Anthony Settoul, Fra TKO 5 Andras Varga, Hun
Nov 23, Montlucon, FRA:
h: Mickael Vieira, Fra W 6 Tamaz Bajzath, Hun
Nov 23, Castellsbisbal, SPA: Club de Boxeo Castellsbisbal & Rimer Boxe
Marc Vidal, Spa W 4 Javier Diaz, Spa
4x2, ?: Melania Sorroche, TKO 2 Aguatif Al Kallachi,
Nov 23, Jastrzebie Zdroj, POL, Ulrich Knockout Promotions (Andrew Wasilewski / Piotr Werner)
jm: Damian Jonak, Pol W10-U Kris Carslaw, Uk
100-90, 98-93 and 99-91.
8x3, c: Pawel Kolodziej, Pol TKO 7 Prince Anthony Ikeji, Ger
8x3, lh: Vincent Feigenbutz, Ger TKO 3 Maciej Miszkin, Pol
No upset here - Feigenbutz is promising and quite good already.
w: Przemyslaw Runowski, Pol W6-U Patryk Litkiewicz, Pol
60-54 on all cards.
jm: Krzysztof Kopytek, Pol W6-U Lukasz Janik, Pol
59-55 twice and 58-56
4x3, lh: Marek Matyja, Pol KO 1 ??
jm: Adam Grabiec, Pol W4-U Aliaksandr Abramenka, Blr
sm: Michal Ludwiczak, Pol W4-M Rafal Piotrowski, Pol
40-36 twice and 38-38.
Nov 22, Torrejon de Ardoz, SPA:
Ivan Ruiz Peranton, Spa W8-U Alex Mora, D R / Spa
78-75, 77-75 twice.
4x3: Nicolas Gonzales, Spa TKO 4 Juan Florit,
Nov 22, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, SPA, Pabellon Pancho Camurria
4x3: Ruyman Delgado, Spa, debut TKO 1 Hamza El Yattoui, Mor
Nov 22, Gijon, SPA, Palacio de Deportes,
w: Aitor Nieto, Spa W10-U Jose Del Rio, Spa
Nieto won the Spanish welter title on scores of 97-94 twice and 96-95.
Alejandro Rodriguez Pereira, Spa W 6 Vitaly Shivanov,
Israel Mella, Spa W 4 Edilson Rios, Bra/
Pablo Fuego, Spa W 4 Jose Acero, Spa
Nov 22, Liepaja, LAT, Olympic Hall, Bigger is Better ( J C Courreges)
c: Mairis Briedis, Lat TKO 6 (not out) Lubos Suda, Cze
Briedis won the vacant IBA title as Suda retired in his corner after the fifth after two knockdowns in the fourth.
Tournament results, all fights 3x3, all fighters 80+ kg
1/4: Alexandre Kartozia, Geo W Dmitry Bezus, Ukr
Joel Tambwe Djeko, Bel W Ilian Ilie, Rom
Przemyslaw Maslobojev, Lit W Eugen Buchmuller, Ger
Joel Tambwe Djeko, W Alexandros Kartozia, Geo
Sergei Maslobojev, W Przemyslaw Stepien,
Sergei Maslobojev, W Joel Tambwe Djeko,
Nov 22, Montefiorentino, ITA, Palazzetto dello Sport di Frontino, OPI 2000
Mirko Larghetti, 88,4, Ita W12-U Stjepan Vugdelia, 89,9, Cro
Larghetti retained the EU title on scores of 117-111 twice and 118-112.
Alessandro Sinacore, 80,0, Ita W 6 Romans Sevcenko, 78,8, Lat
Andrea Di Luisa, 77,7, Ita W 6 Marko Benzon, 78,7, Cro
Emanuele Blandamura, 73,5, Ita W 6 Ruslans Pojonisevs, 73,5, Lat
Nov 22, Breuil-le-Sec, FRA,
l: Yvan Mendy, Fra tko 8 Sebastien Benito, Fra
Mendy retained the French 135 lb title
c: Antoine Boya, Fra W 6 Ludovic David, Fra
Anderson Prestot, Fra W 6 Gregory Louyest, Fra
Nov 22, La Rochelle, FRA, Salle Gaston Nevers,
Mickael Mazzela, Fra W 6 Sasa Janjic, Fra
Stanislas Sakic, Fra W 4 Jerome Claudeon, Fra