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Surprise: Boytsov beats Kurtagic in Belgium


By Malte Müller-Michaelis

Unbeaten heavyweight contender Denis Boytsov (32-0, 25 KOs) surprisingly returned to the ring on Friday night in Gent (Belgium) to beat Samir Kurtagic (11-6, 8 KOs) by unanimous decision over eight rounds. Scores were 80-73, 79-74, 78-74. Boytsov was scheduled to make his comeback this Sunday in Schwerin (Germany) against Marcelo Luiz Nascimento from Brazil but decided last minute to change date, place and opponent. The main reason for the change is the ongoing controversy between Boytsov and promoter Waldemar Kluch who still claims to have an exclusive contract with the Russian fighter. Kluch bought Universum Box-Promotion two years ago and threatened to sue Boytsov and everybody involved in his fights for breach of contract. According to Kluch, Boytsov’s exclusive promotional deal is not affected by Universum’s bankruptcy which was filed last November. To avoid legal problems Boytsov and his new advisors obviously announced the fight in Schwerin as diversionary tactic and did the bout in Belgium instead.

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