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Abril To Defend Title Against Tatli on 9/20 in Helsinki

By Per Ake Persson

WBA lightweight champion Richard Abril (18-3-1) will defend the title on September 20 at the Hartwall Arena in Helsinki (Finland) against Edis Tatli (23-0), the current WBA I/C title holder and official challenger for the EBU title. There had been some talk that Abril would face Anthony Crolla on a September date in the UK, but that won't happen.

Tatli is first Finn to challenge for a world title since 1952 when Olli Maeki, promoter Pekka Maeki's father, took on the ill-fated Davey Moore. Maeki, plagued by weight problems was stopped in two.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by CubanGuyNYC on 07-12-2014

[QUOTE=Box-Office;14750244]I think he should base himself out of Germany. Those guys fill up 50 k soccer arenas to watch Klitchskos defend, well then I'm sure [B]Abril would be like their Gatti.[/B][/QUOTE] lmao They definitely enjoy a different brand of boxing…

Comment by BattleAxePurist on 07-12-2014

Tatli will take Abril to Finnish Boxing Academy of Pugilism Artistic Combat.

Comment by Box-Office on 07-12-2014

[QUOTE=CubanGuyNYC;14749640]I like the idea. It might be because he feels he can't find an audience for his style in the US. [B]Boxing fans in other parts of the world seem to enjoy pure boxing more than certain parts of the…

Comment by Box-Office on 07-12-2014

Weren't they in talks to defend with Crolla as recent as last week? I definitely didn't see this one coming. Tatli is a very basic fighter and Abril will just have a field day. Mr. Abril by a wide UD…

Comment by King_ on 07-12-2014

[QUOTE=CubanGuyNYC;14749640]I like the idea. It might be because he feels he can't find an audience for his style in the US. Boxing fans in other parts of the world seem to enjoy pure boxing more than certain parts of the…

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