icon Updated at 03:10 AM EDT, Wed Apr 18, 2012

Baysangurov Faces Soro on May 12 in Brovary, Ukraine

By Alexey Sukachev and Dmitry Mikhachuk

Contrary to previously heard rumors, WBO light middleweight champion Zaurbek Baysangurov (26-1, 20 KOs), who is making his long awaited comeback to the ring on May 12 in Brovary, Ukraine, will not face Spaniard Ruben Varon in the first defense of his title.

Instead the 27-year old Kiev-based Russian takes on undefeated Frenchman Michel Soro (18-0, 11 KOs), who is rated #6 by the WBO. Soro, 22, is relatively unknown but this physical specimen has several wins over capable European journeymen, including Roman Dzhuman of Ukraine. K2 promotes the show.