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The European welterweight champion Lukas Konecny (47-3, 22 KOs) now has his hands on the WBO world championships belt. On 30 September 2011 he will challenge the reigning world champion Serhiy Dzinziruk (37-1, 23 KOs) at the “DBI Fight Night” taking place at the Rondo Arena (Hala Rondo) in Brno (Czech Republic). This will be the first professional boxing world championship on Czech soil and a victory would make the Czech-born Konecny the first Professional boxing champion in the history of his homeland. Also the venue has a special significance for Lukas Konecny. He was born in Brno on 19 July 1978.
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“I have been working for so long for this opportunity and I am happy to finally fight for the crown. I will promise my fans: We will be world champions,” Lukas Konecny said referring to the event on September 30. The champion Serhiy Dzinziruk is no stranger for the boxer from the Magdeburg SES team. On 26th April 2008 the two opponents in Dresden had already met insde the ring. Three years ago the Ukrainian Dzinziruk was named the winner only after a controversial points verdict of the battle. The 33-year-old Lukas Konecny will now do everything the correct this result of Dresden in Brno. For this world championship fight the European champion Konecny expects higher chances for a victory not only of the successes and the accumulated experience in the past three years but also because this time the fight will be a home game in the Czech Republic. “This time I’ll let Dzinziruk no chance in the ring,” Konecny added.
“I always knew that Lukas would fight again for the world championship title. He has officially earned the right to challenge the champion. Together with our partner DBI, the local organizer, and the co-promoters Banner Promotion Inc. and Gary Shaw Productions, the Czech sports fans in Brno can witness and live boxing history,” SES manager Ulf Steinforth said about the upcoming title fight of his fighter.
24-year-old Haxhi Krasniqi fights for Euro crown
Light Heavyweight Championship
Haxhi Krasniqi vs. Abdalkahim Derghal
In another major battle of the “DBI Not Fight” the vacant WBO version of the European Championship at light heavyweight is on the line. The 24-year old SES fighter Haxhi Krasniqi (35-2, 11 KOs) will have his the first big title fight of his career. With just 24 years the Magdeburg based boxer has already fought in 37 professional fights. “Haxhi Krasniqi has turned pro six years ago and he has made a giant leap in its development since he started training with SES with Dirk Dzemski. Therefore this Euro title chance comes at the right time,” SES manager Ulf Steinforth said about the challenge of the fighter. Hs challenger for the European Championship duel is the Frenchman Abdelkahim Dergahal (14-11, 8 KOs). “I’m very proud that I can fight for European championship and I do not want to disappoint the expectations of my coach and manager and boxing fans. This is my big chance,” said Haxhi Krasniqi.
The boxing schedule of “DBI Fight Night” will include at least five other international professional bouts. It will also present other Czech boxers in the ring. The details of the fights will be announced shortly.
The World Championship battle between challenger Lukas Konecny and defending champion Serhiy Dzinziruk from the Rondo Arena in Brno will be televised live from 10:30 pm on the Czech TV station Nova. The German TV station SPORT1 will broadcast live from 9:00pm.