Imre Szello Risks His WBO Regional Title Against Toth in Hungary

Undefeated Imre Szello (16-0, 9 KOs) is planning to defend his WBO Inter-Continental cruiserweight title for the first time against reigning Hungarian champion Tamas Toth (9-4-4, 5 KOs) in a grudge match serving as the main event of an already sold-out boxing card on Saturday night in Szekesfehervar, Hungary.

WBO #10 rated Szello is favored to get the win and continue his route to an eventual world title opportunity at 200 pounds.

In another interesting matchup hard-hitting Jozsef Darmos (4-1-1, 4 KOs) is meeting battle-tested veteran Gyula Bozai (15-9-4, 11 KOs) in a ten round fight for the interim Hungarian title, also at cruiserweight. Action is written all over it in this one as both participants are known for their action-packed styles and willingness to engage.

In the third title bout of the evening Hungarian welterweight champ Balazs Torteli (11-1, 4 KOs) is making the first defense of his title he won back in November in the same venue at Lakeside Hotel Conference Hall in his hometown of Szekesfehervar. His opponent will be unheralded fringe contender Antal Racz (5-2, 4 KOs).

Young up-and-comers Renato Egedi, Ferenc Berki Jr and Zoltan Kispal are also be in action in separated bouts.

On Friday’s weigh-in ceremony all of the combatants made weight properly and look forward to a great night of action.

The card is being televised by Hungarian National Sports Broadcaster, M4. The event is promoted by leading Hungarian manager/promoter Felix Racz’s Felix Promotion.

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Kovacs defeats Cipolletta

Reigning WBO European super feather beltholder Zoltan Kovacs (19-5-1, 6 KO) defended successfully his title for the first time with a ten round unanimous decision win on Saturday in Papa against Italian champion Nicola Cipolletta (13-5-2, 3 KO).

Ranked #11 and holder of the WBO I/C cruiserweight title, Imre Szello (16-0, 9 KO) faced a tough test in experienced American, former NABF champ, Garrett Wilson (17-12-1, 9 KO). The Hungarian won on points 78-74 twice and 79-73.

Hungarian welterweight champion Balazs Torteli (11-1, 4 KO) had an easy work Saturday facing late substitute Serbian Mladen Zivkov (7-22, 2 KO) in a non-title matchup. Torteli floored his opponent twice in the first with body shots and ended the matters in the second after another pair of knockdowns. The sold-out event was promoted by Felix Promotion and broadcasted Live by the Hungarian National TV (M4 Sport).

Kovacs Retains WBO Euro Belt, Imre Szello Beats Garrett Wilson

Reigning WBO Europeean beltholder Zoltan Kovacs (19-5-1, 6 KO) successfully defended his title for the first time with a decision win on Saturday in Papa, Hungary. His opponent was Italian challenger Nicola Cipolletta (13-5-2, 3 KO). The sold-out event was promoted by leading Hungarian boxing promoter/manager Felix Racz.

Kovacs had a fast start and hurt Cipolletta to the body in the first round. The Hungarian champion took the center of the ring and controlled the action with good jabs and straight rights alongside with effective hooks to the body. An unintentional clash of heads left both fighters bleeding in round seven. Kovacs was cut on his forehead and Cipolletta on his left eyebrow.

The stream of blood bothered the Hungarian titleholder who turned to be more careful after the incident. That gave some room for Nicola to be more aggressive and he threw hooks and straight rights at Kovacs.

The champ was hurt from a clean left hook in round ten and they traded bombs in the final seconds of the bout. All three judges scored the fast-paced encounter 97-93 for the defending beltholder who is expected to get one step closer to his ultimate goal of becoming a challenger to the WBO world title at 130-pounds.

Fellow world ranked Imre Szello (16-0, 9 KO) faced his toughest test to date in experienced American Garrett Wilson (17-12-1, 9 KO). The undefeated Hungarian cruiserweight threw quick one-twos and moved in and out to frustrate the cagey veteran. In round six Wilson landed a huge left hook to the body that hurt Szello. Garrett gave his all to trouble his more mobile opponent in the last two rounds but it was too little too late.

Szello won by well earned decision after eight frame. The WBO Inter-Continental beltholder is currently ranked #11 by the World Boxing Organization at 200-pounds.

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Kovacs to face off against Cipoletta this Saturday

Felix Promotion’s will organize their first event of the year Saturday evening in Papa, Hungary. The main event of the evening will be Zoltán Kovacs (18-5-1) who will defend his WBO European super featherweight champion against Italian Champion Nicola Cipoletta (13-4-2).

The co-feature will star unbeaten cruiserweight WBO #11, Imre Szello (15-0-0) who will face off against dangerous former NABF Champion Garrett Wilson (17-11-1) in a 10 rounder.

Also on the card will be unbeaten middleweight prospect Norbert Harcsa (7-0-0) and Hungarian welterweight Champion Balázs Torteli (10-1-0).
The event is sold out since last Tuesday and will be televised Live by M4 Sport (Hungarian National TV).

Euro News: Imre Szello, Edis Tatli, Haapoja-Bruzzese, More – By Per Ake Persson

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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Light heavyweights headline in Budapest

Felix Promotion’s next show will be on Saturday in Budapest, Hungary. The main event will be a WBO Europe light heavyweight title clash between defending champion Richard Baranyi (17-1-0, 12 KOs) from Hungary and Switzerland’s Alis Sijaric (12-1-0, 11 KOs). Both boxers are big hitters, so the spectators (the venue is already SOLD OUT since Tuesday) are expecting fireworks.