WBC super featherweight champion Vitali Tajbert (19-1, 6 KOs) will make his first title defense against Mexican veteran Hector Velazquez (51-14-2, 35 KOs) on May 22 in Rostock, Germany. The 35-year-old Velazquez, who is coming off a world title challenge against the late Edwin Valero in December, is also known for his 2005 clash with boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao. “This will be a very exciting fight,” said Universum VP Dietmar Poszwa. “An absolute treat for any boxing fan. Vitali is clearly inexperienced, but a very talented world champion. Exactly the opposite of Hector Velazquez, an old fox who has almost 70 fights. An incredibly experienced guy who has been in with the best, like Pacquiao and Valero. His ring experience, Mexican fighting spirit and an impressive right hand make him very, very dangerous. A difficult task for Vitali, because the first title defense is always something special. He can learn a lot in this fight. I expect a tough match, but naturally assume that Vitali will remain world champion.”
The card will also feature a WBA heavyweight eliminator between former world champion Ruslan Chagaev and Kali Meehan, a crossroads clash between light heavyweight contenders Aleksy Kuziemski and Igor Michalkin, plus the next fight of 2009 amateur world champion Jack Culcay.