Maki Boxing, headed by promoter Pekka Maki, won purse bids in Rome for the right to stage Juho Haapoja vs Leonardo Damian Bruzzese for the vacant EU cruiserweight title. Maki bid 40,123 Euro, Paimander Sports Consulting (also from Finland and headed by Petri Paimander) offered 34,345 Euro while Italian OPI since 82 came in third with an offer for 31 317 Euro. Maki Boxing will stage the fight in March or April. A voluntary defence by EBU lightweight champion Edis Tatli is also in the works and word has leaked out that Maki is in talks with heavyweight Robert Helenius as well – if all pieces comes together will be known in a few weeks.
Hungarian Felix-Promotion stage its first show of the new year February 18 In Papa with WBO European super featherweight champion Zoltan Kovacs (18-5-1) defending the title against Italian Nicola Cipolletta (13-4-1). Cruiserweight Imre Szello (15-0) appears in the co-feature against Latvian Ricards Bolotniks (10-3-1) who comes in fresh of a knockout win over Spanish champ Cesar Cordoba. If all goes well for Szello he will defend the WBO I/C title in April. Middleweight Norbert Harcsa (7-0) and super welterweight Balasz Torteli (10-1) have spots on the undercard on this event that is already sold out.
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