By Malte Müller-Michaelis
Photos: Klaus Frevert / boxfotograf.de
New promoter Vyacheslaw “Slawa” Tschibisow presented his freshly founded company “ITS Promotion” at a press conference in Hamburg, Germany, today. “We see ourselves as classical promoters”, said Tschibisow. “Our plan is not to build up a big stable but to present good boxing shows for real boxing fans and at the same time give fighters a chance to present themselves who don’t get the exposure they deserve at the moment.”
The first ITS show is scheduled for March 9th at the 2,500 seat “CU Arena” and will be headlined by former European heavyweight champion Alexander Dimitrenko who is a promotional free-agent after splitting up with bankrupt Universum Box-Promotion.
“I am happy about this opportunity”, said Dimitrenko. “I didn’t have to sign a longtime exclusive contract with ITS. They just asked me if I want to headline their first show. I think my name and reputation is helping them. And they give me the chance to do the one thing every fighter wants to do: fight! So I see this as a a win-win situation. Of course, I am also happy to step into the ring in my hometown Hamburg.”
Also on the card will be former WBA super middleweight champion Dimitri Sartison who is still under contract with former Universum General Manager Waldemar Kluch. “We will work with other managers and promoters if it makes sense”, states Tschibisow. “Sartison is an excellent fighter and fits into our concept. For our first show we are planning six to eight fights in total with at least two or three title fights. We want to present excellent boxing.”
Tschibisow also introduced one of his partners from Russia: ITS will cooperate with Kirill Pchelnikov, promoter of world class fighters such as former WBO middleweight champion Dimitri Pirog and unbeaten heavyweight contender Vyacheslav Glazkov. “Our plan is to give Russian fighters the chance to show their skills in Germany and also to send German fighters to compete in Russia”, adds Tschibisow. “Boxing is an international affair and we are open to cooperations with partners all over the world.”
Group picture (from the left): Kirill Pchelnikov, Irene Kostenko, Slawa Tschibisow and Russian Consul Sergey Ganzha