20.07.05 - By Per-Åke Persson: Italian lightheavy veteran Silvio Branco is out as co-challenger along with Stipe Drews for the EBU 175 lb title. Branco have been named official challenger for the WBA crown held by Fabrice Tiozzo and will concentrate on that. New challenger for the EBU title will be Pietro Aurino..
Danish heavy Steffen Nielsen, ranked # 8 in the EU ratings, is now along with German Cengiz Koc co-challenger for the vacant EU title with September 6 as final date for agreement or purse bids. Koc is already set to fight the winner of Vidoz vs Sprott.
Universum´s big show September 28 at the huge Color Line Arena in Hamburg will be a heavyweights only event.
SES reports that Jaquie Frazier have expressed an interest in taking on WIBF I/C supermiddle champ Natascha Ragosina.
Italian welter Sven Paris will reportedly sign with OPI 2000 after talks with German promoters didn´t lead anywhere.