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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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.