21.08.06 - Joe Calzaghe returns to the ring on October 14th against Sakio Bika (Cameroon) at Manchester's MEN Arena. Bika has lost one of his 23 pro fights. Biko put up a good fight against WBC champion Markus Beyer in May: the fight was declared a technical draw after four rounds when Beyer suffered a bad cut.
By Per Ake Persson: IBF middleweight champ Arthur Abraham is sidelined with an infection and is not able to go through with his defence against Edison Miranda on Saturday (Aug 26) in Oldenburg. Sauerland Event have cancelled the entire card but hope to be able to reschedule it in September..
French jr welter Willy Blain scaled 139 lbs / 63,1 kg for tomorrow´s WBO I/C titlefight against Panamanian Juan Mosquera, 140 lbs / 63,5 kg at the Universum gym in Hamburg. Alex Mazikin weighed in at 236 lbs / 107 kg for his showdown with Taras Bidenko 224,75 lbs / 102 kg for the Int´l German title. Seven of the nine fights can be seen on boxing.de with the mainbouts televised by EuroSport. Spotlight Boxing promotes.
Danish promoter Bettina Palle on yesterday´s reports that Reda Zam Zam will defend the title against Italian Tobia Loriga. "We tried to get Loriga for Reda´s last defence as well but at the moment I can´t say if he´s coming or not. Neither Thomas Hansvoll vs Johny Jensen is according to the promoter on but adds that it is indeed planned that Jensen fights on the bill.
So who will EBU middle champ Amin Asikainen defend against October 6 in Helsinki? The official announcement will come August 28 but it could be German Alexander Sipos. This is not confirmed anywhere - and no-one "leaked". I got the name by pure accident after a language misunderstanding.