by Per Ake Persson
September 12, 2008
(SEPT 12) OPI 2000 won today´s purse bids
in Rome for the right to promote Paolo Vidoz vs Matt Skelton for the
vacant EBU heavyweight title. OPI 2000 bid 107 000 Euro. Site and date
is to be announced.
Former heavy champ Riddick Bowe didn´t show up in Budapest but his
planned opponent, promoter, manager, agent and boxer Zoltan Petranyi
will still run the show tonight in Gyor with himself as headliner
against Mihaly Nemeth in a fight for the vacant national title.
Swedish female jr middle Maria Lindberg have been licensed by the German
EBU member, the BDB. Lindberg suffered a bad head injury as an amateur
but later recovered. She was denied a license to fight as an amateur in
Sweden, which led to attempts to turn pro and Maria did get two fights
in the US before the Swedish Federation was able to get her suspended
with the ABC and EBU. She has passed all medical tests required by the
BDB. The Swedish Federation have made a protest to the EBU (that is not
likely to help). Lindberg´s story told to a local paper here is quite
scary though: first she was in a coma, then suffered loss of memory and
even eyesight. It took six months of sick leave before she was allright
enough to go back to work.
Unbeaten German heavy Dieter Roth face Latvian Edgar Kalnars tomorrow
night in Lvov, Ukraine, on the undercard to Kotelnik vs Kimura. Working
the corner for Kimura is Issei Nakaya, who have travelled in Europe for
months now watching boxing wherever he´s had the chance. From what I
know he has been ringside everywhere possible from Slovakia to Sweden
with more to come.
Former IBF champ Clinton Woods and French veteran Rachid Kanfouah are
co-challengers for the vacant EBU lightheavyweight title.
Source: This material is provided by Boxing Press, and Per is the
BP European Feature Writer.