By Per Ake Persson
Norwegian paper VG writes that the female Scandinavian super fight between WBC, WBA, WBO, IBO and IBF welterweight champion Cecilia Braekhus and challenger Klara Svensson is almost on for January 28 in Oslo (Norway). According to VG the fight will be promoted by First Lady Promotions.
Klara Svensson (17-1, 5KOs), the Swedish Princess, revealed last night on instagram that she has signed her part of a contract and it appears that Nisse Sauerland has signed it for Sauerland Promotions as well -while the signature for First Lady Promotions is still missing.
Braekhus vs Svensson is a mandatory defense by Braekhus (29-0, 8KOs) of the WBC title. It´s very rare - if not a first in female boxing - with mandatory defenses.
How big of a star is Cecilia Braekhus in Norway? Well, her fight in Oslo on October 1 against Ann Sophie Mathis drew around 10,000 spectators to the Spectrum in Oslo - with one professional fight as the undercard. Ticket sales alone was reportedly up to about 1.5 million USD with live TV on top of that.
EBU jr lightweight champ Guillaume Frenois (42-1) was going to fight for the IBF International title on December 15 in St Quentin but those plans are now scrapped. Instead Frenois plans to defend the EBU title on February 18 in with St Quentin as site. Opponent is to be announced.
Frenois won the EBU title with a hard-fought decision over Samir Ziani and was back in training ten days later. His only loss came to Devis Boschiero back in 2013.
Polish heavyweight Mariusz Wach now have German-Turk Agit Kabayel as co-challenger for the vacant EBU title. The EBU have set December 21 as deadline for purse bids or agreements.
The title was left vacant by Kubrat Pulev, who fight Samuel Peter on Saturday (Dec 3) for the vacant WBA I/C title.
Swedish super lightweight Anthony Yigit is normally based in London where he trains with CJ Hussein as coach. "Can You Dig It" Yigit is now on training camp in Aix-en-Provence (France). Yigit reports he works out three times daily with roadwork at 6 AM.
Yigit takes on Lenny Daws for the vacant EBU super lightweight title December 17 in Carshalton (UK) and is the first Swede in a EBU title fight since George Scott fought Gianluca Branco in 2001. The last Swede to win the title was heavyweight Anders Eklund and that was back in 1987.
As for the last Swedish licensed boxer to win the EBU title (back then it was the European title but due some "inflation" it is now the EBU title) we have to go all the way back to 1966 when Bo Hogberg stopped Bruno Visintin in Copenhagen - he lost the title six weeks later against Yolande Leveque.
When light heavyweight Sven Fornling (10-1) enters the ring on December 9 in Nykoping for the showdown for the domestic title against Naim Terbunja (10-1) it will be with reigning IBF International heavyweight champion Adrian Granat as chief cornerman.
Fornling and Granat go back a long time and were gymmates already as amateurs in Malmoe and both are promoted by EC Boxing in Hamburg.
As for the Swedish light heavyweight title, well, the last time it was at stake was in 1932.