The personal coach for reigning Finnish national and Baltic (BBU) heavyweight champion Juho Haapoja, Petro “El Caramelito” Koskimies is promoting his second pro boxing show on August 8th in Ulvila, Finland. Promoted under the “Caramelito Promotions” banner, this will be the first outdoor boxing event in Finland in 14 years. The card will take place in a local Finnish baseball stadium and be headlined by former amateur star Janne “Finnish Butterbean” Katajisto.
The show will contain seven fights and those fights are in order of weight divisions:
Featherweight (57,2kg): The fight between Russian Andrey Bogdanov, 28, and Estonian Sergey Tasimov is scheduled for 6 rounds. Quick-handed Bogdanov is currently #2 in featherweight division in Russia. His current record is 8 (2 KO) – 1 – 1. The Estonian boxer is much more experienced and having fought with many top class boxers who have later fought and won either European or World titles. The best known opponent for Tasimov has been Ukrainian Wladimir Sidorenko to whom Tasimov has lost on points back in 2003.
Light Welterweight (63,5kg): Pekka Eskelinen (FIN), 31 year-old Helsinki-based boxer is looking for his first pro victory on his second fight after a surprising loss in his debut back in February. Eskelinen will square off with Rustam Shidginov (RUS), 22, who won his latest fight during this month on points against an unbeaten Ukrainian fighter. The fight is scheduled for four rounds.
Welterweight (66,7kg): In a 6 round-bout Moscow-based Alexander Filichkin (RUS), 24, will face an opponent who is still at the moment TBA. Filichkin has pro career length of seven victorious bouts. His latest two wins have come by knockouts.
Welterweight (66,7kg): The newest member in Caramelito Promotions –stable is called as Roope Puumalainen (FIN), 22. Puumalainen has been two-times in a row runner-up for Finnish national amateur championships and in addition he has won some various national tournaments. In his fight, which is scheduled for four rounds, Puumalainen will make an unofficial Finnish national record by facing the most experienced opponent which any Finnish pro boxer has boxed against in debut. Puumalainen´s opponent, Leonti “Showman” Voronchuk, 35, has this far fought against eight Finnish pro boxers. About those eight well-skilled boxers “Showman” won Juha Temonen and Jyrki Vierelä but only former EBU champion Amin Asikainen has succeeded to get victory over Estonian before the final bell. Latest time Voronchuk fought (7/26), he lost on points to former Olympic gold medalist Mahomed Abdulaev (Sydney 2000) at Abdulaev´s back yard at Uzbekistan.
Welterweight (66,7kg): Patrick Bogere (SWE/UGA), 27, represents Caramelito Promotions´ new co-operation stable (McClory-stable) from Sweden. In his pro debut he won his fight on points. Bogere is having great merits back in his amateur career by being four-time Swedish national champion. Back in 2004 Bogere was the only boxer from Nordic countries to take part in Summer Olympics at Athens. In all Bogere has fought 120 amateur fights, from which 95 has ended victoriously for him. Bogere´s opponent will be Vyborg-based Alexander Lykov (RUS), 30, who has earlier fought five times in Finland. The fight between Bogere and Lykov is scheduled for four rounds.
Super Middleweight (76,2kg): The another boxer managed by Jason McClory, Badou Jack (SWE/GAM), 25, is hunting for his second straight win as a pro. Jack, who is having a huge list of amateur merits is a six-time Swedish champion and participant of 2008 Beijing Summers Olympic games. He was nominated as the best amateur boxer in Sweden in 2007. At Ulvila Badou Jack will go toe-to-toe with 34 years old Oleg Pavlov (RUS) who is having his fourth pro fight. Also this fight is scheduled for four rounds.
Heavyweight (+90,7kg): The main event of the show will contain a local hero and Caramelito Promotions –stable´s heavyweight debutant Janne “Finnish Butterbean” Katajisto, 31. Katajisto who is also known as former two-time Finnish national amateur Super Heavyweight champion. As an amateur he beat both Robert Helenius and Juho Haapoja who are currently top heavyweights in Finnish pro rankings. Also Katajisto has gathered a great experience from various international tournaments. The opponent for Katajisto will be Igor Evseev (RUS) who is also making his pro debut.
The show will naturally include some beautiful females in the ring as the show hostess will be Anne-Mari Berg, well-known Finnish celebrity-model and beauty queen. The ring card girls will be local beauty competitors.