By Alexey Sukachev
After a short technical break, German Titov, 2008 Russian promoter of the year, is once again aiming at the future sound collisions for his fighters, which include many world rated contenders.
This Sunday night Titov starts new European series of regular competitions at “Centro de desportos e congressos” in Matosinos, Portugal, with the help of Arturo Moral from Stock Eventos SL and local promoter Cesar Moreira. Headlining the show is Portuguese junior welterweight Nuno Cruz (8-7-1, 2 KOs) who squares up to Spanish-based Columbian Euclides Espitia (20-18-1, 12 KOs). In undercard, WBO #13 junior middleweight Sherzod Husanov (12-0, 7 KOs) tunes up against Czech professional loser Patrick Hruska (12-37, 4 KOs) in eight-rounder. WBO #4 ranked featherweight Andrey Isaev (19-1, 6 KOs) of Belarus will test his skills versus Czech-based Armenian Araik Sachbazian (12-5, 5 KOs) also over eight. Rising super middleweight Alexander Krasilov (5-0-1, 2 KOs) takes on Latvian Ruslans Pojonishevs (4-2-1, 3 KOs) over six rounds.
In a month, on May 29, Titov and Moral will move to the East to arrange a local tournament at Pabellon Lasesarre in Baracaldo, Spain. In a main event, PABA lightweight titleholder Dmitry Ganiev (9-0-1, 3 KOs) will defend his belt against an opponent to be named later. Light middleweight Kuvanych Toygonbayev (29-5, 18 KOs) and light heavyweight Roman Simakov (6-0-1, 4 KOs) will be showcased in separate fights over eight and six rounds respectively.
In between a number of young guns, including middleweight Max Limonov (8-0, 6 KOs), heavyweight Artur Marabyan (11-1, 4 KOs), featherweight Georgy Kivilishvili (9-0, 3 KOs) and super featherweight Gayratjon Abdulhakimov (9-0, 6 KOs) will take part in the regular competitions at Casino Vodoley in Ekaterinburg, Russia. The date is May 21.
On June 6, Titov will be back in Russia once again with one of his brightest gems Grigory Drozd (31-1, 23 KOs). “Grigory is fully ready to step up in opposition and to fight the cream of the cruiserweight division. We are planning a really tough match-up for him, which will be enough to propel Grigory right into the title mix. The upcoming bout will either be an official eliminator or a regular defense of Drozd’s set of regional titles against a highly ranked opponent. I’ll try to set it up in Moscow”, commented German. Shaping up the card is Sherzod Husanov in a twelve-round defense of his WBO Asia Pacific and WBC Asian Boxing Council 154lb belts, Croatian welterweight Ante Bilic (20-2, 9 KOs) and rising light heavyweight prospect Vasily Lepikhin (6-0, 4 KOs). Former several times muay thai world champion Drozd is ranked #1 by the WBO, #2 by the WBA, #5 by the IBF and #6 by the WBC.
Possibly the hugest show in coming months for German Titov is set for June 26 in Germany, where the three Russian fighters will form a huge tripleheader of the event, promoted by the Arena Box-Promotion. In what seems to be the toughest challenge of his rising career, middleweight power hitter Dmitry Pirog (13-0, 11 KOs) takes on highly ranked German-based Turk Mahir Oral (25-1-2, 10 KOs) in a twelve-rounder. “The status of the fight is still unclear. But I assume that one or several minor titles will be at stake”, said Titov. Pirog is rated #4 by the WBO and #14 by the WBC, while Oral is even more regarded with his WBC #3, WBA #8, WBO #12 and IBF #14 ranks. After a year of inactivity, junior welterweight Sergey Sorokin (28-1-1, 19 KOs) doesn’t seek for easy tasks as he battles the grizzled Thai veteran and former WBA super featherweight champion Yodsonan Sor Nanthachai (58-3-1, 47 KOs) for the WBO intercontinental 140lb belt. While Sorokin has been dropped off the ranks, Nanthachai is still rated the WBA #12 junior welterweight in the world. Finally, WBA #13 heavyweight Denis Bakhtov (28-5, 18 KOs) will have his hands full with the undefeated German kayo artist Steffen Kretschmann (13-0, 12 KOs) in the second defense of his PABA belt. Also, unbeaten cruiserweights Valery Volozhenin (12-0-1, 6 KOs) and Ivica Bacurin (5-0-1, 1 KO) will collide in a non-title eight-rounder.
Where are WBO #3 super featherweight Alisher Rakhimov (18-0, 11 KOs) and rising junior welterweight prospect Ruslan Provodnikov (11-0, 6 KOs)? “Alisher is still residing in LA, working hard in the Wild Card Gym and preparing for lucrative fights in the nearest future”, commented Titov. “As for Ruslan, he needs to get his college diploma first. The defense of his graduation project will be in May. And we are planning his next fight in August in America”.