WBA #14 Kambosos defeats WBA #12 Ogilvie

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By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing
Photo: Peter McDermont

WBA #14 lightweight George Kambosos Jr (11-0, 6 KOs) clearly outscored WBA #12 Brendon Ogilivie (17-2-1, 9 KOs) over twelve rounds at Luna Park, Sydney, NSW, Australia on Friday by scores of 116-112, 119-110, 118-110. Kambosos controlled the contest in most of the rounds, outworking southpaw Ogilvie. Kambosos had Ogilvie in trouble in round two but he survived to hear the bell.

2012 London light heavyweight Olympian Damien Hooper (12-1-0) outscored Nader Hamdan (44-12-1) over eight rounds. Scores at the conclusion 80-72,80-72,80-72.. Hooper defeated IBF #6, WBO #6 Marcus Browne at the London 2012 Olympics.

Lebedev-Gassiev make weight

By Przemek Garczarczyk

Denis Lebedev 199.7 vs. Murat Gassiev 198.4
(WBA/IBF cruiserweight titles)

Edward Trojanowski 139.75 vs. Julius Indogo 138.25
(IBF welterweight title)

Dmitry Kudryashov 199 vs. Santander Silgado 200
Rakhim Chakhkiev 196.25 vs. Maxim Vlasov 197

Venue: MegaSport Arena, Moscow, Russia
Promoter: World of Boxing

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Commey ready for IBF final eliminator against Shafikov

Ghanaian lightweight star Richard Commey (24-1, 22 KOs) faces two-time World title challenger Denis Shafikov (37-2-1, 12 KOs) in a final eliminator for the IBF World title tonight at the Tough Fight Gym in Moscow. In what will be his first fight back since dropping a razor thin decision to Robert Easter Jr for the vacant IBF crown, Commey has the chance to reclaim his mandatory position and avenge this controversial defeat.

First, the 29 year-old must overcome the tough Russian Shafikov, who is coming off the back of an impressive victory over US Olympian Jamel Herring.

Commey and his team arrived in Moscow earlier this week to complete their preparations, and both fighters successfully weighed in yesterday with Commey tipping the scales at 134 ¾ pounds and Shafikov marginally less at 134 ¼ pounds. Continue reading

Roy Jones Jr. to fight for WBF world title on PPV

David Feldman Promotions will announce that former four-division champ and Boxing Legend Roy Jones, Jr. (64-9, 46 KOs) will square off against former world title challenger Bobby Gunn (21-6-1, 18 KOs) on February 17 for the vacant WBF (World Boxing Foundation) world cruiserweight championship. The fight will be announced at the official press conference on Tuesday at the Chase Center in Wilmington, Delaware. Gunn, 0-3 in the boxing ring dating back to a 2009, is best known as a bare-knuckle star.

Roy Jones Jr: “I know Bobby Gunn is coming to bring it. He’s a hard-nose, tough fighter that comes right at you, but I’m going to show him why I’m one of the best that ever did it and he doesn’t belong in the ring with me.”

Bobby Gunn: “It’s an honor to share the ring with a legend like Roy Jones. I’ve been chasing him for a few years now, and on February 17, I will catch him.”

The undercard will feature popular Delawarean Joe Tiberi (13-2, 6KO), Canada’s Henry Stewart (1-0, 1KO), as well as more to be announced. Jones-Gunn will be aired live on PPV. Tickets will range from $75 – $300 and can be purchased by calling (484) 935-3378.

Haymon inks Izuagbe Ugonoh

Haymon Boxing today announced that undefeated heavyweight Izuagbe Ugonoh (17-0, 14 KOs) has entered into an advisory agreement with Haymon Sports, LLC. Ugonoh’s U.S. debut will take place in early 2017, with the opponent and venue to be determined. Ugonoh is trained by Kevin Barry, cornerman for heavyweight contender Joseph Parker and former heavyweight title challenger David Tua.

Ugonoh has been training and fighting out of New Zealand with Barry for the last two years, as well as with Parker.’He now plans to train in Las Vegas, fight out of the U.S. and represent Poland.

Horacio “Violento” Garcia getting advice from Canelo for his fight against JoJo Diaz

By Hesiquio Balderas

On December 17 Horacio “Violento” Garcia will be facing the toughest fight of his career as he is to face undefeated Joseph “JoJo” Diaz in the co-main event of the farewell fight between Bernard Hopkins and Joe Smith Jr. Horacio has been training like never before, he knows what’s at stake fighting in HBO at the great FORUM and that this is a unique opportunity for him.

“I’ve been training hard,I know what kind of a fighter Diaz is, he is a very good fighter, but my trainers and myself have been working on the perfect game plan and we are going to win, I’ve put everything on the line here and I know that after winning this contest there will be a title shot, I am very grateful with Golden Boy Promotions, my mentor Gabriel Nogueira and Chepo and Eddy Reynoso for getting me this fight,” commented “El Violento”. Continue reading

Joe Smith: I will make sure that Hopkins exits MY way

Joe Smith Jr., ring legend Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins’ hand-picked opponent for his final fight on December 17 at the Forum in Los Angeles, plans to spoil Hopkins’ going away party.

“I am mentally preparing for everything that Bernard Hopkins has for me,” said Smith, who is the current WBC International light heavyweight titleholder. “I am prepared to go 12 rounds, he is a tough guy. If I get the opportunity to take him out, I will do that. I go into every fight the same way; whether it is a legend or a nobody that is standing in front of me, they have the potential to hurt me. Each fight I push myself a little harder…I will be bringing my best, and will make sure that he doesn’t return. I will make sure he exits MY way!”

Hopkins: I am done, this will be the final one

Two-division world champion and Future Hall of Famer Bernard Hopkins has parted ways with trainer Nazim Richardson and hooked up with John David Jackson to prepare him for his HBO-televised fight on December 17 at the Fabulous Forum against Joe Smith Jr. It is billed as the 51-year-old Hopkins’ final fight.

“Even though I defeated John David Jackson, he is the very best out there and we wanted him in my corner,” said Hopkins. “JDJ is much overlooked, but he is one of the top 3 or 4 trainers. He has known me since I was a younger fighter trying to make it into boxing. If you look at the craftsmanship of JDJ, when you see that a guy not only has the tools, the way to use them in the ring, and you as a fighter have the confidence and trust in your teacher-you’re in great hands. He’s been representing that for many years. We felt that it was a perfect transition, the transition in us knowing each other and working together… When you give your teacher – your coach — all that he wants while you train, come fight night he can give you what you need when you most need it.”

“I am done. This will be the ‘Final 1.’ Whether it was JDJ or Naazim [Richardson] in my corner, I will not fight, even if I feel that I can do a lot more. On December 17th, I want to give a performance where you beg me to stay, and it’s a challenge that Joe Smith will have to take on. For fighters to show their greatness, they need someone to bring it out. Timing is everything, and I am doing it in my calculation. I proved a bunch of people wrong already. There is no stone that has not been unturned, meaning that when I look back, I would have done everything that I wanted to.”

L ancia: I have discovered Edis Tatli’s weakness

Talk is cheap, responds the champion. Tatli and Lancia will clash for the EBU lightweight title in Helsinki on 17th December.

It’s not an easy task to challenge the champion in his home ring, but Italian contender Manuel Lancia (14–1–1) doesn’t mind. He’s confident that he can claim the European Boxing Union’s lightweight title anywhere – be it in Italy or Edis Tatli’s (28–1–0) place of residence, Helsinki.

“We have discovered Tatli’s weakness. We saw something, and we’re working on it,” says Lancia. Continue reading

Boxing back at the Mountaineer

Live boxing is back at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort in Chester, West Virginia, on Saturday night December 17th, as Made Men Promotions presents Seasons Beatings (Volume 4) in the Mountaineer Ballroom. A full night of fisticuffs is in store featuring up and coming fighters from throughout the Tri-State area including MMA stars and undefeated boxers Joey “The Hitman” Holt (5-0, 4 KOs) of East Liverpool and Justin “The Hawk” Steave (4-0, 2 KOs) of Weirton who will be battling on the same card for the first time in their professional boxing careers along with the returns of Pittsburgh heavyweight Ed “Black Magic” Latimore (13-1, 7 KOs) and Wheeling’s Johnny “The Hyperactive Hillbilly” Haught (5-1), and the pro debut of Heavyweight Michael Ream. Free self-parking. First bell 7:00 PM. Bouts subject to change. For all tickets (cash or credit) call-or-text 724-513-1416. Advance Prices: Single VIP Ringside $60 & $50. General Admission $25.

Despite setback, Toka Kahn aims for title shot

By Jason Marchetti

Toka Kahn (19-1, 13 KOs) returns to New England this Friday night in Lincoln, Rhode Island for the main event bout at super featherweight. The card is promoted by Jimmy Burchfield’s CES Boxing at Twin River Casino. His opponent will be Mexican journeyman Mario Antonio Macias (28-20, 14 KOs).

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No longer a prospect, Kahn has 20 professional bouts from 126 – 130 lbs. However, he has only fought in his home state on 3 occasions courtesy of signing a promotional deal with Top Rank in 2013. Top Rank rarely promotes cards on the East Coast and never in New England. Fightnews.com was able to catch up with the contender prior to his fight this weekend. Continue reading

WBA #12 Ogilvie and WBA #14 Kambosos collide Friday

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

WBA #12 lightweight Brendon Ogilivie (17-1-1, 9 KOs) will clash with WBA #14 George Kambosos Jnr (10-0, 6 KOs) over ten rounds at Luna Park, Sydney, NSW, Australia on Friday.

George: Kambosos: “I’m confident. I talk the talk and walk the walk. When he comes into the ring on Friday he’ll see what I’m all about…it might be round one, it might be round ten.”

Brendon Ogilvie: “He should remember the fight is twelve rounds and he hasn’t boxed in six months. I fought some really good boys recently.”

In other action 2012 London Olympian Damien Hooper will be in action against former world rated Nader Hamdan in a light heavyweight bout

Damien Hooper: “I’m very excited to be boxing Nader who is very experienced. I’ve done the hard work and trained three times a day. I want to beat Nader and hopefully doors will open up in 2017.”

Peltz Boxing 38 Years After Marvin Johnson

When Tevin Farmer and Dardan Zenunaj square off Friday, Dec. 2, at the 2300 Arena, it will mark the 38th anniversary of Peltz Boxing’s first world champion. The title was brought home by Marvin Johnson, of Indianapolis, IN, who knocked out Mate Parlov, of Yugoslavia, to win the World Boxing Council (WBC) light-heavyweight title in Marsala, Sicily.

Johnson went on to become the first three-time world light-heavyweight champion, winning the World Boxing Association (WBA) belt in 1979 by knocking out Victor Galindez, of Argentina, in New Orleans, and finally the WBA crown again in 1986 when he stopped Leslie Stewart, of Trinidad, in Indianapolis. Continue reading

Haye and Bellew pulled apart at fiery press conference

David Haye and Tony Bellew had to be separated at the launch press conference for their Heavyweight blockbuster on March 4 at The O2 in London, live on Sky Sports Box Office – with tickets selling out in record-breaking time. Haye and Bellew goaded each other during a tense back and forth at the top table and as they lined up to pose for head-to-head photos, tensions boiled over and the pair had to be restrained by security personnel.

Photo: Lawrence Lustig

Photo: Lawrence Lustig

Before the fracas, both fighters stated their cases for victory strongly, with Haye saying he’s too powerful for the Liverpool star and Bellew telling him if it comes down to heart he’ll prevail.

“This is the fight that the public want to see – they want me to shut Tony Bellew up,” said Haye. “I will end the whenever I want, it’s completely up to me. I will dominate Tony Bellew on March 4. He thinks he can KO me? Look at all the Heavyweights I’ve boxed that have hit me with 10oz gloves and not put me down – but the past is all irrelevant as I’m going to destroy him.” Continue reading

Christmas cracker at Emperors Palace

By Ron Jackson

Jeff Ellis of African Ring in conjunction with Golden Gloves Gloves Promotions presents his annual Christmas cracker tournament at Emperors Palace near Kempton Park, Gauteng, South Africa on Thursday night with Thulani Mbenge and Eric Kapia Mukadi heading the bill in a ten round clash for the vacant African Boxing Union welterweight title

The exciting young Mbenge from the Eastern Cape who has a record of 7-0 with all his wins coming inside the distance, possibly faces his toughest fight since joining the professional ranks in May 2015.

The 24-year-old Mukadi is also unbeaten with a record of 17-0-1, 3 KOs in a six year professional career with the only blot on his record, a six round draw against Eric Bulobo in March 2012. Continue reading

Saunders-Issah Clash Sunday

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

South African-born Issaka Issah will clash with Brendon Saunders over ten rounds with the Australian lightweight title up for grabs on Sunday at Club Punchbowl, Sydney, NSW, Australia Promoter Paul Nasari says this national title bout should be a crowd pleaser.

“Issah has lived in Australia for several months and can now challenge for the Aussie title,” said Nasari. This will be a good fight between crowd-pleasing lightweights – Brendon Saunders and Issaka Issah for the Australian lightweight title. Continue reading

Basile confident of KOing Helenius

42-year-old Argentinian heavyweight Gonzalo “El Patón” Basile isn’t traveling all the way to Finland for tourism – but to send his opponent crashing to the canvas. Basile (68–11) will face Robert “The Nordic Nightmare” Helenius (23–1) on December 17th at Hartwall Arena, Helsinki, Finland. “I dream to achieve the maximum in this sport, that’s why I continue training as if I were 20 years old,” says Basile.

“I am very motivated, strong and confident of winning by KO. I know what I must do if I want to win. I won’t be traveling to Finland for tourism but to win this fight before the limit. Continue reading

Conjanu-Frank in China December 10

Formerly world ranked heavyweight Razvan Cojanu (15-2, 8 KOs) will take on unbeaten power puncher Alexander Frank (11-0, 9 KOs) of Germany by way of Kazakhstan in a 12 rounder for the vacant WBO Asia Pacific heavyweight title. The fight will take place December 10 at the Hangzhou Stadium in Hangzhou, China. The show will be promoted by Jiashu Chen(China International Boxing Indus). Conjanu and long time James Toney trainer John Arthur will depart from Los Angeles to China on December 5th.

The 6’7 Conjanu of Southern California by way of Romania was world ranked by the WBO last year before being derailed by KO in the semi-finals of the Boxcino tournament. Continue reading

IBF #12 Baranchyk and heavyweight sensation Lippe-Morrison return December 10

Junior welterweight phenom Ivan “The Beast” Baranchyk and undefeated heavyweight knockout artist Trey Lippe-Morrison, both members of Holden Productions’ “Four State Franchise,” return to the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, OK Saturday, December 10.

Headlining in a ten round contest, Baranchyk’s fighting his fourth consecutive bout at the Buffalo Run, where he is an adopted fan favorite. Raised in Russia and fighting out of Brooklyn, NY, Baranchyk is 12-0 with 10 wins by knockout. In his most recent bout, Baranchyk clearly outpointed crafty Zhimin Wang on ShoBox over ten rounds to capture both the USBA and WBC USNBC championships. Continue reading

Saunders a 50:1 favorite over Akavov

WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders’ first title defense against Artur Akavov this Saturday at the Paisley Lagoon Centre in Glasgow, Scotland. Saunders (23-0, 12 KOs) is a 50:1 favorite over Akavov (16-1, 7 KOs), who is rated WBO #10. The pair were originally scheduled to meet at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff this last Saturday, but problems with the translation of paperwork supplied by the Russian’s team have forced a delay. Saunders claimed that after beating Akavov he’s moving on to “a blockbuster fight in 2017.”

Sonsona vows to make big comeback

Former WBC International Silver super featherweight champion Eden “Mr. Showboat” Sonsona of General Santos City said that he is tired of a “bum life” and vowed to make a big comeback on December 4 in the double main header “Brawl at the Mall: Return of the Gensan’s Finest” at the Robinson’s place in General Santos City.

Sonsona (34-6-2-12 KOs) has been training since the first week of October at the Sanman Gym in Gensan for his comeback fight against current Mindanao Professional Boxing Association (Minproba) featherweight champion Jaime Barcelona of Bukidnon. Continue reading

Nieves targets Warren for all-Ohio clash

Cleveland, Ohio-based bantamweight Antonio “Carita” Nieves stayed busy and kept himself in line for a cross-state showdown with Cincinnati-based WBA Bantamweight Champion Rau’shee Warren by stopping Hungary’s Szilveszter Ajtai with a single body shot. Fighting at the Firebird Athletic Center in Bedford, Ohio, WBO #5-rated Nieves (17-0-2, 9 KOs) planted a single left hook to the Hungarian’s body at :46 seconds of round two to earn his 17th professional victory.

The impressive victory keeps alive Nieves’ dream of facing cross-state rival Warren in an all-Ohio bantamweight championship fight. Continue reading

Kahn-Clary, Vincent set for homecoming

Female bantamweight Shelly Vincent returns to Providence, R.I., for the first time in more than a year when she battles Marquita Lee in an eight-round bout on Friday in CES Boxing’s season finale at Twin River Casino. Vincent, a New London, Conn., native who now lives and trains in Providence, hopes to rebound from her loss to longtime foe Heather Hardy in August. The Vincent-Lee bout is one of nine on Friday’s card, which also features the Rhode Island homecoming of super featherweight Toka Kahn-Clary.

Gassiev: Lebedev was in a lot of wars…it’s my time now

By Przemek Garczarczyk

“I don’t think his age (Lebedev is 37, Gassiev is 23) will be the decisive factor, because Denis has a lot of experience, a lot of tough fights, wars inside the ring. But it’s also not too early for me. I prepared myself for this fight for the last five years. This is my dream to be champion…now I’m here,” proclaimed Warriors Boxing cruiserweight Murat Gassiev (23-0, 17 KO), who on Saturday at the MegaSport Arena in Moscow will try to dethrone WBA/IBF cruiserweight champion and his Russian countryman Denis Lebedev (29-2, 22 KO).

In another world title fight, IBF jr welterweight champion Eduard Troyanovsky (25-0, 22 KO) faces Julius Indongo (20-0, 10 KO) and top cruiserweights Dmitry Kudryashov and Rakhim Chakhiyev, promoted by Andrey Ryabinskiy “World of Boxing,” compete in separate bouts.

Iconic Ali-Liston photo on the auction block

By TMZSports.com

Now’s your chance to own one of the most iconic images in sports history … if you have more than half a MILLION dollars layin’ around.

Muhammad Ali’s iconic knockout picture from the 1965 Sonny Liston rematch — the original print taken by famed photog Neil Leifer — is hitting the auction block this weekend. The starting bid is $160,000 … but the folks at Guernsey’s Auction expect the winning bid could reach $600k.

Guernsey's Auction

We can’t overstate the significance … the punch that felled Liston is LEGENDARY (and controversial … “phantom punch”) and conventional wisdom is that it’s the moment that launched Ali – Guernsey’s Auction

The photo comes with a handwritten message from Ali — who was Cassius Clay at the time — to Leifer, as well as the original press credentials from the event. The live auction will go down this Saturday at NYC’s Bohemian National Hall. Bids can also be placed online. Happy bidding!

Pulev predicts strong and spectacular victory

Heavyweight contender Kubrat Pulev (23-1, 12 KOs) has predicted a strong and spectacular victory for Bulgaria when he faces former world champion Samuel Peter (36-5, 29 KOs) in his long awaited homecoming fight on Saturday in the Bulgarian capital of Sofia. The current European Champion has completed his preparations in Berlin, and will fly home to Bulgaria later today ahead of his WBA Intercontinental title challenge, which will take place in front of 15,000 fans at the Arena Armeec. Pulev says he is pleased with his preparations, and is eager to inspire a new generation of Bulgarian boxers when he steps through the ropes on Saturday night. “My only prediction is a strong and spectacular victory for Bulgaria!” stated Pulev.

Former WBA champ Petalcorin returns Sunday

By Raymond Wheatley – World of Boxing

Former WBA interim light flyweight champion Randy Petalcorin (24-2-1, 18 KOs) will return to action against Arnold Garde (7-3-2, 3 KOs) over twelve rounds on Sunday at the Robinson Mail Atrium in General Santos City, Cotabato del Sur, Philippines with the IBF Pan Pacific title up for grabs.

“The former world champion will be removed very soon. I will be world champion again in 2017,” said Petalcorin. ” My promoters are Sandman Jim Managquil and Peter Maniatis Events. I would like to thank Peter Maniatis and Jim Managquil for all the support through ups and downs and also for giving me another opportunity. Hopefully it’s all the way up now. I want IBF world champion Akira Yaegashi next!”

“This is the first step for Randy fighting for a IBF world title and I would like to thank the IBF’s Mr. Lindsey Tucker and Mr. Daryl Peoples and Ben Keilty for making it happen,” said Peter Maniatis.

New opponent for Jose Ramirez

On Friday night, unbeaten 2012 Olympian Jose Ramirez will continue his ‘Fight For Water,’ but he will do it against a different opponent. Ramirez was supposed to face Gabriel ‘Tito’ Bracero in the main event of the December 2nd ‘Solo Boxeo’ card, but seven days out Bracero has pulled out of the World Boxing Council (WBC) Continental Americas championship event. Ramirez (18-0, 13 KOs) from Fresno, California, will now battle and defend his WBC Continental Americas title against Issouf “Volcano” Kinda (18-3, 7 KOs) of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, in the main event of the card that will take place in front of a full house at the Save Mart Center Arena in Fresno.

“I didn’t know things like this happened in the pros, I saw it in the amateurs but not in the pros. But I have been working really hard, and I’m ready for whoever is on the opposite side of the ring,” said Ramirez after finding out of the change in opponent. Continue reading

The 12th Round: Judging – the Eternal Black Eye in Boxing

By Mauricio Sulaiman
WBC President – Jose Sulaiman’s son

Boxing is a sport which suffers from constant criticism and it is because of its nature of officiating. Very few sports have a scoring system based on appreciation. There are no goals, no points, no runs, so it comes down to what the judge sees, evaluates and records on the scorecard. There have been many scoring systems working in the world and today’s 10-point must system seems to be the best option of them all, however it’s not used to its fullest potential. 94% of the rounds are scored 10-9 and it could be used to bring much more clear results if it was used as designed 40 years ago.

I firmly believe that most if not all ring officials are honorable and decent, I reject any claim of fraud or corruption in scoring of fights. However, I believe judges must be accountable for their performance. There might be incompetence or a “bad night” or judges appointed to the wrong fights due to several matters but this, after all, becomes the problem we face in boxing.

The solution is not easy, but there are so many things that could be done to attend the major problem in our sport. The problem relies on the rejection by boxing authorities to implement changes, to try new things, to aggressively look for options to resolve the problem. Following I will describe several actions that have to do with officiating, these initiatives have been successful and are tools to resolve the problem, but local boxing commissions from some countries or some states in the USA, do not accept to adopt or to even try. Continue reading

Lebedev vs. Gassiev: 50/50 in Moscow

By Przemek Garczarczyk

More than 50 reporters, various televisions crews and a “Who’s Who in the cruiserweight division – this was the scene Monday at the Renaissance Monarch Hotel in Moscow at the final press conference before Saturday’s cruiserweight world title clash. WBA/IBF champion Denis Lebedev (29-2, 22 KO), who will defend his belts versus fourteen years younger Murat Gassiev (23-0, 17 KO) in a highly anticipated bout, downplayed the whole time for the new generation narrative.

Denis Lebedev: “Maybe I’m 37… but only on my passport. I feel like a 27-year-old. This is a 50/50 fight. Age will not decide our bout on Saturday.”

Murat Gassiev: “His experience will not give him a title, and my youth will not be a problem. I worked for this chance for 5 years. The ring will give us the answer.”

More interviews and phostos…

New foe for Wallin, fight moved to Bulgaria

Swedish heavyweight Otto Wallin (16-0, 11 KOs) must meet a new opponent in a new country after Eugene Hill was forced to withdraw from their scheduled contest on December 9 at the Rosvalla Arena in Nyköping, Sweden. Hill was unable to travel to Sweden due to unpaid child support, and although a replacement had been found, strict regulations imposed by the Swedish Martial Arts Delegation, meant there was not enough time for a new opponent to be approved.

Instead, Wallin will face Raphael Zumbano Love (39-13-1, 32 KOs) a week earlier on December 3 in Sofia, Bulgaria. He will be fighting in front 15,000 fans at the Arena Armeec on the undercard of the WBA Intercontinental Heavyweight title clash between European Champion Kubrat Pulev and former World Champion Samuel Peter.

“Of course, I’m disappointed to not be able to fight at home, but unfortunately with the political situation in Sweden, that was not possible,” said Wallin.