European Boxing News: Kessler-Haussler, Virchis-Gomez, Abraham-Marquez, More

By Per Ake Persson: WBA supermiddle champ Mikkel Kesslerīs defence against German challenger Danilo Haussler appears now to be on for October 25 somewhere in Germany. Danish media have speculated in Kiel or Flensburg, where Kessler resided for a brief spell, as possible sites but according to Sauerland Eventīs CEO it wonīt be in neither of these towns close to the Danish border. Nothing is set yet but Kesslerīs former stable- and gymmate Mads Larsen could be fighting on the undercard.

Itīs official: Vladimir Virchis and Juan Carlos Gomez clash in a WBC heavyweight eliminator September 27 at the Color Line Arena in Hamburg as co-headliner along with Firat Arslanīs defence of the WBA cruiser title against Guillermo Jones. WIBF jr fly champ Julia Sahin defends the title in the third headliner.

IBF middlweight champ Arthur Abraham will defend the title October 4 against Raul Marquez at a site to be announced in Germany.

Finnish Steel Ring Promotions begin the season September 12 in Reisjarvi with unbeaten jr welter Jaakko Myllyla on top taking on Frenchman Mourad Sabry El Malik.

Attila Levin continues his comeback September 5 in Karlstad, Sweden, when he takes on Nikolai Valuev lookalike Evgeny Orlov. Orlov, 8-2-1, made his prodebut already back in 98 but then turned to martial arts before returning to boxing last year when he became one of Ruslan Chagaevīs sparringpartners during training for the first fight against Valuev. Orlov impressed and have since racked up seven straight wins over rather soft opponents. Heīs not as tall as Valuev and a lot heavier around the midsection but strong to take the Swede the distance.

Russian journeyman Daniel Peret takes on Polish heavy prospect Mariusz Wach tomorrow night on a BoxingEurope promotion in Swiebodzice. Itīs Peretīs eleventh fight this far in 2008 and he have another lined up September 27 in St Petersburg. Norwegian jr welter Geir Inge Jorgensen is also on the bill that is headlined by Piotr Wilczewski, who fights Sergey Kharchenko in a non-title ten-rounder.

Hungarian jr middle Attila "Viper" Kovacs keeps busy with a six-rounder August 19 in Sturovo, Slovakia, on a show put on by L P Promotion, headed by still active heavyweight Laszlo Paszterko.

Article posted on 07.08.2008

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