05.01.06 - By Per Ake Persson: EBU 135 lb champ Juan Carlos Melero Diaz defends against French-based Romanian Mihaita Mutu February 3 in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Ex-WBC jr middle titleholder Javier Castillejo is featured on the undercard as well as Oscar Sanchez vs Jesus Garcia Simon in a Spanish 130 lb titlefight. Former IBF welter ruler Michele Piccirillo and Lukas Konecny clash for the vacant EBU 154 lb title in Bergamo February 24..
Ex-WBC 168 lb champ Eric Lucas have now arrived in Denmark for final preparations for his January 14 challenge against WBA ruler Mikkel Kessler. Lucas is done with sparring while Kessler close out his sparring on Saturday. Both men are full of praise for each other but are both equally confident of victory.
Czech OK-KO Promotions plans to put on 8-10 shows during 2006 beginning January 27 in Prague with cruiser Lubos Suda on top. OK-KO will outside of Suda also use Dane Lasse Johansen as "one of their own" after his three wins there last year.
Italian jr middles Sven Paris and Tobia Loriga clash in an eliminator for the vacant national title February 3 with site to be announced. The winner will then go on and fight Emanuele Grilli.
Spanish superbantam prospect Kiko Martinez is featured on the undercard to Petkovic vs Amrane January 24 in Hamburg. French jr welter Willy Blain square off against Hungarian Laszlo Komjathi.
Norwegian heavy Leif Dolonen Larsen takes on Hungarian Karoly Kovacs January 13 in Torrevieja. Jr welter Geir Inge Jorgensen is off the bill.