Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Berman Wants Klassen To Get Salgado IBF Title Shot

Johannesburg – Following Malcolm Klassen's impressive victory over Cassius Baloyi at the weekend, Golden Gloves promoter Rodney Berman has announced he will make every attempt to secure the maverick fighter the chance to annex a third IBF junior-lightweight title.

While the 30 year-old Klassen holds the title of the less-acclaimed WBF association, his erratic behaviour outside of the ring, allied to contractual disputes with promoters and differences with trainers – has resulted in him fighting only twice in the last three years.

“In the right mood, Klassen is capable of beating almost anyone,” Berman said.

“He proved against Baloyi that he still retains all the boxing skill that earned him two IBF championship belts in the past.”

Berman said he had made contact this week with the IBF organisation in a bid to map out a course that would enable Klassen to challenge current IBF champion Juan Carlos Salgado for his title.

However, the obstacle that stood in the way of Klaasen regaining the title was that his lengthy period of inactivity had resulted in his ranking plummeting out of the top bracket.

The diminutive, and deceptively hard-hitting Klaasen would, therefore, need to work his way through top current IBF title challengers like the Dominican Republic's Algenis Mendes, the United States' Diego Magdaleno and Rances Barthelemy, and Argentina's Fernando Saucedo before earning a title shot.

Meanwhile, Berman also announced that the invitation to the imposing Klitschko heavyweight champions, Wladimir and Vitali, to be present for the final of next month's “Last Man Standing” cruiserweight series of contests was “regrettably turned down”.

“We thought it appropriate that the Klitschkos should be present because they both fought Corrie Sanders and have expressed deep feelings for the tragically murdered former WBO champion,” Berman said.

“We are dedicating next month's tournament at Emperors Palace in memory of Sanders, but unfortunately the Klitschkos have replied that they are tied down with previous engagements.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Post a Comment - View More User Comments (0)
Top Headlines Luis Ortiz: Miller Will Have To Back Up The Crap He's Talking Adonis Stevenson: Unfair Haters Call All of My Opponents 'Bums' Danny Garcia: Not Worried About Critics Who Won't Say it to My Face Eubank Jr: In a Rematch I Would Annihilate Saunders in Four! Pacquiao: In The Eyes of The People - I Beat Floyd Mayweather Andrew Selby Faces Diale For WBC Regional on Eubank-Quinlan Wilkins, Karkardi To Appeal BBBofC Bans Over Nick Blackwell Manny Pacquiao: I Would Fight Conor McGregor - Only in Boxing De La Hoya Worried: Chavez Jr. Could Derail Canelo-Golovkin Plan Danny Garcia on Father's Racial Jabs: I've Heard Trump Say Worse! The Return of Zab Judah Ricardo Mayorga Holds Press Conference, Reveals April 1 Return DeGale: Mayweather Came To My Room, I Doubt I'll Work With Him! Cuadras Sides With Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. To Take Down Canelo Canelo-Chavez: Big Promotional Tour on Tap, Big Undercard Plans Photos: David Lemieux, Curtis Stevens - Face To Face in Montreal Chris Eubank Jr: I Can Beat Gennady Golovkin, He's Not The Truth! Photos: Adam Lopez vs. Danny Roman - Official Weigh-in Leo Santa Cruz: I’ll Fight Different Than in First Frampton Bout Froch: I'm Very Confident Callum Smith Beats Anthony Dirrell Juan Jose Velasco Faces Fernando Marin in WBA Regional Clash Oscar Valdez Yearns For Gary Russell Unification Bout Dejan Zlaticanin: I Will Catch Mikey Garcia and Knock Him Out Brooklyn Boxing With a Big 2016, Bigger 2017 is Expected Garcia Feels His Resume Stronger Than Thurman's, Has Proven More Kid Galahad vs. Joseph Agbeko on Eubank-Quinlan PPV Card Dodson Offered Buglioni Title Shot; Would Land On Haye-Bellew Golden Boy Promotions, ESPN Announce Multi-Year TV Deal Callum Smith: If Dirrell is Next in Line For WBC Belt - Let's Do It! Richard Commey, Fredrick Lawson Back in Action on March 11 Michael Conlan on His Relationship With Conor McGregor Trainer: Charlo Should Fight Top 15 Middleweight, Become a Contender Hearn on Brook-Spence: Khan Worth 3 Times More, 3 Times Easier Thurman: Angel Garcia Wants the Limelight; Should Let Son Speak DeGale: Groves Should Drop WBA Shot, Fight Me For The IBF! Liam Smith vs. Liam Williams Showdown in Play For April 8 Callum Smith's Trainer is Not Buying Badou Jack's Weight Issues Haye, Bellew Could Lose Licenses if Further Violence, Says Hearn Dina Thorslund Wants Mikkel Kessler as a Number Boy Lara's Trainer: Canelo is Facing Chavez Jr. at 165, No GGG at 160?
Advertisement
Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement