By Per Ake Persson
MK Events won today´s purse bids in Rome for EBU super lightweight champion Anthony Yigit´s mandatory defence against Franck Petitjean. MK bid 50,000 Euro while Sauerland Event offered 35,305.
MK have set the fight for Paris, on May 5.
The purse split is 60-40 so Yigit´s part is 30,000 Euro.
Yigit was in line to fight Ivan Baranchyk this past weekend in Deadwood, SD, but pulled out a little over a week ago with illness. As it was, Petr Petrov took the fight against Baranchyk on late notice and got stopped.
IN OTHER NEWS: Boston Boxing Promotions has announced a heavyweight fight featuring undefeated "Brutal" Brendan Barrett (6-0-2, 5 KO's) from New Jersey taking on Boston's Tracey "The Titan" Johnson (4-6-5), in a six-round bout on Saturday, April 28 at the Castleton Banquet and Conference Center in Windham, New Hampshire.
Barrett, a popular rising heavyweight from New Jersey, will be making his Boston Boxing Promotions debut on this card. Johnson will be returning for his second fight in Windham as he fought to a draw against Maine's Cristiano Pedro in an entertaining slugfest that opened the night for the first ever pro boxing event in Windham this past January.
Prior to turning to pro boxing full time, Barrett was the Ring of Combat Heavyweight Champion in Mixed Martial Arts. While originally from New Jersey, he splits time training in Cape Cod. Barrett is hoping to turn a win on April 28 into a big fight later this summer. In recent years, he was prominently featured alongside Oprah Winfrey in an article in "O Magazine" discussing his love of drinking tea.
Johnson, the brother of former junior middleweight world champion Demetrius Andrade, has proven time and time again his willingness to fight the best of the best prospects in boxing. While he gives up height and weight to Barrett in this fight, he feels he is the more skilled of the two fighters and it will show on fight night.