By Per Ake Persson
A showdown between heavyweights Otto Wallin, 20-0, and Robert Helenius, 26-2, could be on its way to happen in the early fall.
Helenius, also known as the Nordic Nightmare, has been appointed as the official challenger to the EU title held by Wallin and a fight between them make sense but perhaps more for Helenius, who needs an important win to get back into bigger fights after a somewhat flat showing in his wide points loss against Dillian Whyte.
Helenius is however currently nursing a broken right hand but is expected to be back in August or September.
Wallin beat Adrian Granat in April to win the EU title in his first major fight and looked good but is still relatively untested.
Helenius won the EBU title back in 2011 but injured his right hand and that was the beginning of a long layoff and a contractual dispute.
A rematch between former WBO super middleweight king Arthur Abraham and Dane Patrick Nielsen could be on its way.
Promoter Nisse Sauerland is telling Danish paper Ekstrabladet that a deal is close and that the fight could happen in Copenhagen in September.
Abraham won the first fight April 28 on points but many felt Nielsen had nicked it.
Former WBA cruiserweight champ 47-year old Firat Arslan, 41-8-2, defends the WBO I/C title against Isaac Paa Kwesi Ankrah, 14-7, in the headliner of EC Boxing´s show in Trabzon, Turkey, May 19.
Super lightweight Fatih Keles defends the WBO Euro title against Russian Maxim Churbanov, 8-3-1.
Heavyweight Ali Eren Demirezen, 8-0, square off against big Georgian Tornike Puritchamiashvili on the undercard.
Real estate tycoon king and cruiserweight Mario Daser, 13-0, returns after a year out and face Argentinean Claudio Morroni Porto.
Veteran promoter and Erie, Pennsylvania native MICHAEL ACRI will be inducted into the Pennsylvania Boxing Hall of Fame's Class of 2018. The banquet and induction ceremony will take place This Sunday! May 20, at Romano's Catering in Philadelphia. Established in 1958, PABHOF is the oldest boxing hall of fame in the country.
Acri, a longtime fixture in professional boxing, is best known for his work with living legend Roberto Duran, the late Hector "Macho" Camacho, and "The Pittsburgh Kid" Paul Spadafora.
"It's nice to be inducted into the Pennsylvania Boxing Hall of Fame which honors the state's rich boxing heritage" said Acri. The third Erie native to be inducted into the PABHOF, Acri will be joining the late Johnny Bizzarro, who challenged for the junior lightweight and lightweight world titles in the '60s, and veteran matchmaker Don Elbaum.