Euro News: Felix Promotion, Skoglund, Krasniqi vs. Kashtanov, Micki Nielsen

Felix-Promotion in Hungary have signed a new TV deal that calls for six shows in Hungary this year and two abroad.

Next show is scheduled for Oradea in Romania on April 13 with junior middleweight Ferenc Berki Jr, 11-0, topping the bill.

In the chief support middleweight Balazs Bacskai, 5-0, and welterweight Flavius Bieia, 12-1, are featured and super feather Zoltan Kovacs, 20-5-1, comes back after a injury related layoff.

The injury suffered by Erik Skoglund in December of last year has led to a change in the safety rules for professional boxing in Sweden.

Among the changes is that a license issued by the Swedish commission is only valid in one weight division – should the fighter decide to drop down a new license is required – this to have a check on how the weight loss program is constructed.

There must also be two weeks (as compared with one week as it was) between fights and there shall be a week´s rest after what is called a sparring “sojourn”.

Super middleweights Robin Krasniqi (47-5) and Stas Kashtanov (36-2) clash for the vacant EBU title June 2, informs the EBU. The fight is not officially announced by Krasniqi´s promoter SES but according to EBU the site will be Bad Tolz, a small town just south of Munich where Krasniqi resides.

Danish cruiserweight Micki Nielsen has pulled out as challenger for the vacant EU title. There were purse bids scheduled on Monday (March 12). For co-challenger Fabio Turchi it means another wait for a new challenger to be appointed.

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BOX. Lucian Bute şi Mihai Leu vin la gala de la Oradea

Aprilie este luna boxului în Bihor. În această perioadă două gale profesioniste vor ţine capul de afiş în lumea pugilismului.

Primul gong va bate pe 13 aprilie, la Oradea Trade Center, unde patru foşti campioni mondiali sunt invitaţi la gala organizată de promotorul maghiar de origine orădeană, Felix Racz. Este vorba despre Lucian Bute, Erdely Zsolt, Istvan Kovacs şi Mihai Leu, ultimul în calitate de arbitru al întrecerii.

„Faptul că la Oradea este prima gală de box profesionist cred că se datorează în primul rând lui (Felix Racz – n.n.). Poate am avut şi eu, aşa, un mic aport că am mai vorbit de bine. Noi sperăm că această gală de box să fie un succes pentru că vor fi şi nume importante din România”, a declarat Mihai Leu, fost campion mondial.

Cele opt lupte ale galei se anunţă tensionate, mai ales că unele sunt organizate pentru titluri europene în versiunea WBO.

„Dintre sportivii români sperăm să-i avem pe Nistor şi Flavius Bia şi încă doi boxeri amatori. Nu ştiu încă dacă boxerii români vor boxa pentru centură”, a precizat Felix Racz, promotor de box.

Cea de-a doua gală de box profesionist în Bihor va avea loc o zi mai târziu, pe 14 aprilie, la Sînmartin. Deţinătorul centurii UEB, sportivul bihorean Alexandru Jur, va lupta pentru un nou titlu în versiunea WBC.

Reporter: Nicolae Mihalcea
Operator: Gabor Szilagyi

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Imre Szello Stopped Hall Jr in Nine, Bacskai Still Unbeaten

Imre Szello successfully defended his WBO Inter-Continental cruiserweight title for the second time with a ninth-round TKO win against Robert Hall Jr last Friday in Salgotarjan, Hungary. Szello (19-0, 12 KO’s) took the center of the ring in round one and controlled the bout with his calculated aggression. The American Hall Jr (11-1, 8 KO’s) tried his best to figure out his opponent but came up short in all areas.

Szello used his precise jab to set up his distance and landed his well-placed straight rights that staggered Hall several times during the bout. In round nine the 34 years old Hungarian contender rocked his foe with a short right to the jaw. Hall tried to leave the spot on unsteady legs but Szello landed a pair of left hooks that dropped the American hard under the ropes. Referee Bence Kovacs quickly waved off the bout after Hall laid moveless during the count.

With the win, Szello is expected to hold his No. 6 position by the WBO at 200 pounds and hopes to secure a world title fight in the near future.

Mate Kis did not waste a minute during his bout with Richard Baranyi to showcase his aggressive style to his loud fans. The light heavyweight pugilists with vastly different styles fought for the vacant Hungarian title in a scheduled ten round match.

Kis (10-0-2, 7 KO’s) battered his more experienced opponent from round one with hard bombs to the body. Baranyi (19-3, 13 KO’s) tried his best to create a distance for his straight punches but fell short against his hyperactive counterpart. Kis ended matters in round eight with a left hook to the ribs.

Reigning 160-pound Hungarian champion Balazs Bacskai schooled Tanzanian Joseph Sinkala (13-11-1, 7 KO’s) in six one-sided rounds. The 29-year-old Bacskai (3-0, 1 KO) showed skills, patience and presence in his return to the middleweight division and proved he is ready to take a step ahead in competition…

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Imre Szello Faces Fellow Unbeaten Robert Hall Jr. in Hungary

Undefeated Imre Szello headlines a nine-bout card this coming Friday in Salgotarjan, Hungary. The 34-year-old fighter will meet Robert Hall Jr in the second defense of his WBO Inter-Continental cruiserweight title.

Szello (18-0, 11 KO’s) is currently ranked No. 6 by the WBO at 200 pounds and planning to get new experiences against his American foe en route to a world title fight. This will be the fourth appearance of the Hungarian contender this year. Szello last fought in September when he dispatched journeyman Petar Mrvalj in two rounds.

The American Hall Jr (11-0, 8 KO’s) turned pro in 2013 and stepped up in competition last December when he decisioned unbeaten Dimar Ortuz in ten rounds to win the WBC United States cruiserweight title.

”I am so happy for this opportunity that I got from my manager, Felix Racz. Robert Hall Jr is a quality opponent. There are few available fight tapes about him but we used them to analyze his style. We are doing great work in the gym, measuring all details because we are aware of the significance of this title defense. I am looking forward to producing my best performance against my toughest opponent to date,” said Szello to

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Szello Back on Nov. 10, Granat Return Pushed Back To Dec. 22

Hungarian cruiserweight Imre Szello (18-0) takes on American Robert Hall, Jr, (11-0) in the headliner of Felix-Promotion´s show in Salgotarjan on November 10, writes Szello is ranked # 7 by the WBO and # 9 by the IBF and holds the WBO I/C title.

EC Boxing have cancelled the show in Hamburg, slated on November 1 that would have featured heavyweights Agron Smakici, Adrian Granat and Ali Eren Demirezen along with cruisers Nikola Milalic and Hüseyn Cinkara.
EC will now instead stage a bigger event on December 22, also in Hamburg ,with the above mentioned Smakici and Granat along with Alexander Dimitrenko and Fatih Keles in the headliners.
Swedish light heavyweight prospect Robin Safar, 4-0, is nursing a sore hand and won´t fight this Saturday in Katrineholm. Safar will headline the next Rising Stars show at EnArena in Stockholm on December 15 and if all goes according to plan it will be over 6×3 against Georgian Levan Lukhutashvili, also 4-0.

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Szello Still Unbeaten, Egedi Won WBO Youth in Varpalota

Leading Hungarian boxing promoter Felix Racz’s Felix Promotion opened its autumn season with an eight-bout card in Varpalota, Hungary.

The Friday event was originally planned to be headlined by WBO European titlist Zoltan Kovacs but that bout had canceled after Tanzanian Francis Miyeyusho failed to leave his country due to visa issues.

That left undefeated cruiserweight Imre Szello having to fight in the main event against substitution opponent Petar Mrvalj. Szello (18-0, 11 KOs) fought patiently from the first bell and controlled the bout over his Bosnian foe. The calculated and accurate Hungarian pugilist dropped Mrvalj once in round one and twice in round two.

Though Mrvalj (7-8, 3 KOs) beat the count after the last knockdown, referee Bence Kovacs rightfully stopped the one-sided affair. Szello, who is currently ranked No. 10 by the WBO, is scheduled to defend his WBO Inter-Continental belt against a name opponent in November.

On the lone title bout of the event, 22-year-old Renato Egedi became the first ever WBO Youth belt holder at super middleweight after he stopped Ukrainian Davyd Gorohovets in five frames. It was a grueling matchup between a willing and hyperactive Hungarian up-and-comer and a tough and rough Ukrainian prospect. Egedi (10-1-2, 5 KOs) used his straight punches and athleticism to keep Gorohovets (8-2, 7 KOs) at bay while throwing nice left hooks to the body at close range.

The Ukrainian tried to slow his foe down with his own punches to the mid-section, though a number of them landed below the beltline. Referee Joerg Milke failed to sanction these fouls that left Egedi himself to retaliate on spots. Gorohovets went down several times complaining about low blows until Egedi realized he has to target the body to take his now unwilling opponent out of the fight and that was exactly what he did, dropping Gorohovets twice in round five and secured the most important victory of his young career. Egedi is expected to enter the top 15 in the WBO ranks at 168 pounds.

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Szello, Kovacs, Bacskai Back in Action on Friday in Hungary

Leading Hungarian boxing promoter Felix Racz are putting together a decent fight card on this coming Friday, in Varpalota, Hungary. During the ten fights that are scheduled to take place at the Gal Gyula Sports Center, the majority of the prospects and potential contenders of the most prominent promotion in the country will be in action.

In the lone title bout of the evening, Renato Egedi (9-1-2, 4 KOs) steps up in competition as he is fighting for the vacant WBO Youth title in a super middleweight matchup against Ukrainian Davyd Gorohovets (8-1, 7 KOs). 22-year-old Egedi is an ambitious prospect. He has quick hands and light footwork and has also found his power recently, winning four of his last five on the inside.

Reigning WBO European champion Zoltan Kovacs (20-5-1, 6 KOs) is meeting Francis Miyeyusho from Tanzania. Kovacs is ranked as high as No. 5 by the WBO at super featherweight. The young talent is the highest rated Hungarian in any of the sanctioning bodies’ lists of top contenders. Miyeyusho (41-17-6, 24 KOs) is a substitute opponent that prevented this match to be a title bout, though the participants have to prepare to go ten rounds.

Hungarian champs Balazs Torteli (13-1, 5 KOs) and Jozsef Darmos (6-1-1, 6 KOs) are both having non-title affairs during the evening. Prospects Balazs Marton and Zoltan Surman Jr will see action in tune-up bouts.

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Imre Szello Stops Toth To Retain WBO Regional Belt in Hungary

Imre Szello (17-0, 10 KOs) successfully defended his WBO Inter-Continental belt for the first time by a fifth round technical knockout over countryman Tamas Toth (9-5-4, 5 KOs) on Saturday evening in Szekesfehervar, Hungary.

Szello took the control early on with his mobility and well-placed jabs and one-twos. Toth tried to close the gap but was too inactive to bother his undefeated foe.

In round two Toth got cut on the bridge of his nose by a punch and blood immediately started to cover his face. He kept coming but was unable to do anything with Szello’s rhythm and accuracy.

With the win Szello also got the Hungarian title at cruiserweight, although he is expected to further concentrate on his run on the WBO ranks where he currently stands at #10.

In the co-featured bout of the evening Jozsef Darmos (5-1-1, 5 KOs) unexpectedly stopped gutsy veteran Gyula Bozai (15-10-4, 11 KOs) in round seven.

Darmos is now the interim Hungarian titlist at cruiserweight.

Welterweight Balazs Torteli (12-1, 5 KOs) defended his version of the Hungarian title with a first round annihilation of Antal Racz (5-3, 4 KOs). The 24-year-old belt holder dropped his foe with a hard left uppercut to the midsection. Racz never fully recovered from the punch thus referee Bence Kovacs called a halt to the bout.

21-year-old prospect Ferenc Berki Jr decisioned Ferenc Szabo in six frames, Zoltan Kispal won by TKO over Imre Simon caused by injury and Renato Egedi shot out game Andrzej Sark over six in preliminary bouts.
The sold-out event was promoted by Felix Racz’s Felix Promotion and the main bouts were televised by National Sports Broadcaster, M4.

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