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Zbik, Sartison defend July 31

WBC interim middleweight champion Sebsatian Zbik will now headline the July 31 “Univerum Champions Night” at the o2 World in Hamburg, Germany. Zbik was originally slated to face Khoren Gevor on July 17th Schwerin, but will now face an “acid test” opponent to be named in the coming days. Gevor (31-4, 16 KOs) will instead move up to 168lbs to challenge WBA super middleweight champion Dimitri Sartison (26-1, 17 KOs) on the same card.

There had been tension between Zbik and Universum after Zbik’s July 17th fight fell through, however those issues have been resolved and both are looking to the future.

Sebastian Zbik: “We had a frank conversation and defined our common future. The future plans that Universum has for me, convinced me.”

The WBC has finally signaled that champion Sergio Martinez will have to face Zbik this fall, and both will take an interim fight.

Universum VP Dietmar Poszwa: “We still have a lot ahead for Sebastian. This is a good chance for a great fight in Hamburg, and then the clash with Martinez.”

Meanwhile, Sartison against Gevor looks to be an explosive fight.

Dimitri Sartison: “This is a hard fight for both of us. I’m looking forward to this. Khoren is a strong challenger.”

Khoren Gevor: “I’m excited about Dimitri facing me. I’ll fight till they drop – as people expect from me.”

Tickets go on sale Saturday.

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