By Alexey Uralets (ringside) and Alexey Sukachev
It was earlier reported that highly ranked middleweight contenders Mahir Oral and Dmitry Pirog would collide on June 26 in Germany. It turned out that there was a bigger fight in stock for the German-based Turkish fighter as he had been reportedly offered a puglistic rendezvous with fellow contender Sebastian Sylvester later this year. However, the team of WBO #3 and WBC #16 Pirog prefers not to step down in the level of competition. Instead of Oral, Pirog (13-0, 11 KOs) will fight hard-hitting former two-time world title challenger in middleweight and junior middleweight divisions Kofi Jantuah (32-3-1, 21 KOs) of Ghana for the vacant WBC international 160lb title. Jantuah (WBC #14) has a number of wins over highly regarded opposition, including then-champions Santiago Samaniego and Daniel Santos and perennial contender Marco Antonio Rubio, and will be a huge step up in class for Pirog. Pirog-Oral fight will be a part of the huge June 26 Arena Box-Promotion card, which will be held at Hermann-Neuberger-Halle in Voelklingen, Germany.
Meanwhile, another Titov fighter will also attempt to make a quantum leap in his career pretty soon. PABA lightweight titlist Dmitry Ganiev (9-0-1, 3 KOs) will have an ambitious first defense of his belt in a backyard of Spanish-based Columbian Ignacio Mendoza (25-4-2, 16 KOs). Ganiev-Mendoza showdown will headline a local show in Baracaldo, co-promoted by German Titov and Arturo Moral of Stock Eventos SL. Uzbek middleweight veteran Kuvanych Toygonbayev (29-5, 18 KOs) faces Eugenio Monteiro (16-12, 8 KOs) over eight, while light heavyweight Roman Simakov (6-0-1, 4 KOs) is set for six rounds against Emmanuel Feuze (7-1-1, 2 KOs). Highly regarded Irish-based Cuban imports Alexey Acosta (5-0, 5 KOs) and Luis Garcia (5-0, 4 KOs) will be tested by tough foes in Nicaraguan Bismark Alfaro (11-5, 5 KOs) and Spanish Gabriel Campillo (17-2, 6 KOs) respectively. Both fights are scheduled for eight rounds.
German Titov also staged a local show at Casino Vodoley, his Ural citadel, in Ekaterinburg, Russia. In the main event of the evening Uzbek super featherweight Gayratjon Abdulkhakimov (10-0, 6 KOs) used his left hooks and frenetic body-punching to outpoint former kickboxing wolrd champion Evgueny Khil (5-3-1) over six in two-way action. A minor title fight could be next for 25-year old Abdulkhakimov. Featherweight Georgi Kevlishvili (10-0, 3 KOs) scored a six-round unanimous decision over veteran Marcel Kasimov (15-19-1, 11 KOs), while crowd-pleaser Max Limonov (9-0, 6 KOs) outpointed no-hoper Vladimir Chuklin (1-17-1) also unanimously over six.
Artur Marabyan (12-1, 4 KOs) UD Sherzod Mamajanov (6-8, 2 KOs)
Rustam Nabeev (3-0) UD 4 Ravil Mukhamadiarov (7-29, 6 KOs)
Alexander Ivakhnov (1-0) UD 4 Alexander Subbotov (0-1)