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Eastern Europe update

By Alexey Sukachev

There will be no “Macho Time” in Kjellerup, Denmark – at least yet. Former world title challenger Allan Vester (28-6-1, 5 KOs) was forced to withdraw from his Mar. 26 bout versus legendary champion by a variety of versions in several weight classes Hector Camacho Sr. (79-5-3, 38 KOs) due to a back injury, he had suffered in sparring session with Isam Khalil.

The entire show will, however, go on under Anders Vester Sportspromotion at Midt arena. The main event will see multiple times world titlist at 118lb Anita Christensen (24-1, 8 KOs) coming back for the first time since losing her belts in 2008 versus American import Kaliesha “Wild-wild” West (11-1-1, 2 KOs). Also, a vacant WPBF belt will be at stake. Welterweight veteran Christian Bladt (34-10-2, 10 KOs) is penciled for eight against Scottish Gary Young (18-1, 8 KOs).


Narva, the frontier Estonian town near the Russian border, is preparing for yet another boxing promotion on this coming Saturday. St. Petersburg’s Jab Promotions led by Vitaly Supichenko and Alexander Yagupov and named Russia’s best promotional company of 2010 will arrange a tiny promotion at local Energy sport hall in association with its Finnish partners from Caramelito Promotions and with the help of Estonian Boxing Federation, ruled by Alexander Karavayev.

Headlining the evening will be Russian EBU-EE heavyweight titlist Maxim Maslov (10-0-1, 7 KOs) in a twelve-rounder against Ukrainian banger Yaroslav Zavorotny (13-4, 11 KOs). Local middleweight hope Sergey Melis (14-1, 4 KOs) will appear in a six-rounder versus Latvian Jevenijs Skukins (3-3, 3 KOs), while Jab prospect Ali Ganibaev (6-2, 4 KOs) collides with kayo artist Sergejs Malcevs (5-0, 5 KOs) also over six. BBU international super middleweight champion Anton Sjomkin (3-1, 3 KOs) will be featured in a non-title four-rounder against Maxim Nikanorov (2-4-1, 1 KO). Show starts at 6 PM LT.


Former Finnish and BBU heavyweight titleholder Juho Haapoja is back in action this Saturday night at Juuka, Finland. Haapoja is scheduled for six against Latvian Pavels Dolgovs (5-3-1, 3 KOs) under Steel Ring Promotions.


Looks like Israeli top female boxer Hagar Shmoulefeld-Finer (20-7-3, 5 KOs) will fight next on April 29 at Nokia Hall in Tel Aviv. The WIBF bantamweight champion is set for ten against American veteran Stephanie Dobbs (26-26-4, 14 KOs). Undefeated cruiserweight Ran Nakash (22-0, 16 KOs), who is known for his fights at the Blue Horizon in Philadelphia, will take his part in undercard action.


Bantamweight Zhanat Zhakiyanov (10-1, 5 KOs) will have a chance to enter the WBO rankings if successful against Thai import Yodkeng Kietmangme (11-2, 8 KOs) on Saturday night in Kazakhstan. The vacant WBO I/C belt will be at stake. Local welterweight prospects Vladislav Savchenko (11-0, 7 KOs) and Aset Aysin (6-0, 3 KOs) will see action in separate bouts. Ulan Boxing promotes.


Another series of “Wojak Boxing Night” will be held in Strzelce Opolskie by Polish-leading BullIt Knockout Promotions this Saturday night. The main event will see WBC #8, WBA #13 and IBF #15 cruiserweight Pawel Kolodziej (24-0, 13 KOs) defending his IBC title for the second time against British import Mark Krence (24-6, 6 KOs). WBC Youth heavyweight titlist Andrzej Wawrzyk (17-0, 11 KOs) clashes against recently beaten German Hans-Joerg Blasko (9-4, 6 KOs) in a non-title match-up. Also scheduled to appear is IBF #1 welterweight contender Rafal Jackiewicz (35-8-1, 18 KOs), who will appear in a tune-up fight.

The entire show will be televised by PolSat, starting from 8:30 PM LT.


Serbian IBF youth welterweight titlist Stefan Stevanovic (9-0, 2 KOs) will risk his title on April 3 at the Sport Hall Pinki in Beograd, Serbia. Stefanovic will take on Sweden-based Abkhazian Karlo Tabaghua (13-1, 10 KOs). Stefan’s elder brother Nikola (19-1, 7 KOs) will be featured in a tune-up eight-rounder. Ljubisa Ignatovic promotes.


In two days, Sergey Kostenko of ARTYOM fight club promotes a local event in Pyatigorsk Russia. There will be seven bouts, including a collision between Karen Tevosyan (13-1-3, 8 KOs) and Albert Valeev (7-2, 3 KOs) over eight rounds at 140lb.


Ural Boxing Promotions (president is Evgueny Vainstein) will stretch their presence in Russia by staging a tournament in Krasnoyarsk on April 24. Two Kozaev brothers – super middleweight kayo artist Hetag (9-0, 8 KOs) and welterweight stylist Aslanbek (10-0, 4 KOs) will be featured in minor title match-ups while middleweight Anton Novikov (15-0, 6 KOs) is set for a tune-up eight-rounder. The exact roster of the event will be known later.

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