13.12.05 - By Per Ake Persson: Polish Hammer Knockout Promotions have cancelled their planned December 17 show. "All our main fighters are either injured or need a rest" says promoter Andrew Wasilewski. "We´ll be back late January or early February." Hammer Knockout also promoted their first show in the USA (Nov 26 in Chicago)..
"It was quite an experience" says Andrew. "Everything was different from Poland or even Europe. The commission was very strict and not overly friendly and I felt at times like a complete novice. But we all learned a lot and will be back in 2006 with three shows.
German cruiser Marco Huck had his fight against Michael Samms rescheduled from Leipzig Dec 10 to the big Valuev vs Ruiz show Dec 17 in Berlin.
Giorgio Marinelli and Stephane Benito clash for the IBF Int´l 140 lb title December 26 in Rome.
Highly ranked Danish supermiddle Rudy Markussen will fight January 14 on the Kessler vs Lucas show in Copenhagen and then also on the Gatti vs Damgaard bill in Atlantic City January 28.
EU champ Krzysztof Wlodarczyk´s mandatory defence against Dutchman Don Diego Poeder went to purse bids yesterday in Rome but there were no bidders. The EBU have set a new date, December 29, for another round of purs offers.
Italian welter Micheleo Orlando takes on Serbian Zoran Didanovic December 16 in Travagliato.
Alain Bonnel and Lahcene Zemmouri clash for the vacant EU 112 lb title January 10 in Henin Beumont (France).
Christmas reading: Dutch fans might want to try a book from ex-WBO champ Regilio Tuur. In Scandianavia, and especially Denmark, Jorn Mader´s book on Danish great Tom Bogs is of interest.
LA-based Swedish lightweight Shadi Hamsho moved to 6-0 this past weekend and is lined up to fight again January 6.