Johansson's Statue, Badou Jack, Wilczewski's Mandatory
By Per Ake Persson
A statue of the former heavyweight champion of the world, Ingemar Johansson, will be unveiled on September 17th at the Ullevi Sports Arena in Gothenburg, Sweden, where Ingo knocked out among others Henry Cooper and Eddie Machen. The statue shows the champ throwing his powerful right and weighs about 400 kg.
Las Vegas-based Swedish super middleweight Badou Jack, 7-0 and promoted by DiBella Entertainement, has his next fight set for October 21 with site and opponent to be announced. Jack is trained by Eddie Mustafa Muhammad who is sure Badou is a future world champ.
SES have female world champs Susi Kentikian and Christina Hammer headlining their show in Frankfurt / Oder October 21. Opponents for the ladies will be announced.
40+ Finnish middleweight veteran Kai Kauramaki headlines, along with light heavyweight Sami Selesma, a show in Pori, Finland on November 21. Kauramaki has made it a career of winning at home and losing on the road, and being a good enough opponent but not a real threat to the local hero.
EBU super middleweight champ Piotr Wilczewski defends the title against James DeGale in Liverpool October 15. It´s a voluntary defence by the champ and mandatory challenger for the winner of Wilczewski-DeGale is Italian veteran Cristian Sanavia, WBC champ for a few months back in 2004.
Flyweight veterans Rafael Lozano, 41, and Giuseppe Lagana, 40, clash for the vacant EU title October 7 in Cagliari, Italy. The show is promoted by Rosanna Conti Cavini. Lozano participated in three Olympic games, 92-96-00, before turning pro in 2001.