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Chagaev, Tajbert Presser

Don King: Meehan will knock out Chagaev


May 22 is the moment of truth for former WBA heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev (25-1-1, 17 KOs), who will meet Kali Meehan (35-3, 29 KOs) in a WBA heavyweight eliminator at the StadtHalle in Rostock, Germany. Chagaev, returning after an eleven month layoff with new trainer Magomed Schaburov, will go directly into the high-voltage clash with Meehan with the mandatory challenge against WBA champion David Haye going to the winner.

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In addition, the “Universum Champions Night” card will featrure the first world title defense of WBC super featherweight world champion Vitali Tajbert. Both Chagaev and Tajbert participated in a photo shoot aboard the “Stephan Jantzen” icebreaker ship in Rostock Harbor.

Kali Meehan’s promoter Don King sent over the following video message promising that Meehan will knock out Chagaev.


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