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50-year-old German heavyweight Andreas Sidon (41-11, 34 KOs) avenged a 2009 loss to Sheldon Hinton (11-9-1, 4 KOs) by knocking out Hinton in the third round last Saturday night at the Hessenhalle in Giessen, Germany. Sidon defended his WBU world heavyweight championship belt. There is talk of a rubber match.

On the same card, world rated heavyweight Mark de Mori (21-1-2, 19 KOs) won when journeyman Jonathan Pasi (22-27-2, 8 KOs) called it quits after round four citing an injury.

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Legendary trainer Fritz Sdunek is now training unbeaten jr middleweight Jack Culcay (14-0, 10 KOs). The 65-year Sdunek also trains WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko. Culcay will defend his WBA Intercontinental title against Guido Nicolas Pitto (17-1, 7 KO’s) on April 27at the Sporthalle Hamburg.

Former WBO light heavyweight Champion Jürgen Brähmer (39-2, 30 KO’s) defends his Euro belt against Tony Averlant (18-7-2, 4 KOs) in the main event. Also light heavyweight Dustin Dirks (27-0, 20 KOs) faces Oleksandr Cherviak (10-2-1, 3 KOs).

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Middleweight Marcos Nader (16-0-1, 2 KOs) faces Roberto Santos (18-6-3, 10 KOs) in a rematch Saturday for the Spaniard’s EU crown. Back in November of last year, their first clash ended in a draw. The fight takes place at the Multiversum in Schwechat, Austria.

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In the 33 year history of the 115lb super flyweight division, Britain is yet to produce a world champion. However, Paul Butler could be the man to break the mold. A two-time national junior champion and 2010 ABA flyweight king, the 24-year-old has raced to 10 straight wins in the paid ranks and looked devastating when blowing away John Donnelly inside a round to win the British title last November. He’ll be seeking to add the Commonwealth belt when he challenges Nigerian Yaqub Kareem on the April 20 Wembley Arena card headlined by WBO light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly vs. mandatory challenger Robin Krasniqi.

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This past Thursday, the state of the art McGirt Training Facility had its grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony. The main trainer will be former world champion James “Buddy” McGirt, who will train not only professionals but some of the best amateurs in the country. The McGirt Training Facility is an extension of the Elite Heat Boxing Gym that is located at 75 Franklin Avenue in Nutley, New Jersey. (Photo: Tom Casino)

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Following his debacle in the Prizefighter Heavyweight tournament in February, “Die Deutsche Eiche” Timo Hoffmann (40-8-2, 23 KOs) returns on May 11 to face Alexander Petkovic (46-4-4, 25 KOs) at the Ufgauhalle in Karlsruhe, Germany. The bout will be for the GBU heavyweight title.

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Looks like the next installment of the Prizefighter tournament will be in the cruiserweight division on May 18th at York Hall in London. One name mentioned as being in the lineup is 7-7 Hari Miles.




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