By Per Ake Persson
Finnish veteran Juho Haapoja (26-7-2) will again take on Hungarian puncher Tamas Lodi (18-7-2). The rematch tops a Loud´n Live promotion in Seinajoki September 17. Lodi won their first fight on a third round knockout.
Haapoja, who began his career as a heavyweight, then dropped down to cruiser and even light heavy but is now back at cruiser, will train in London under CJ Hussein. Juho have a long and tough career behind with and this may be his farewell fight.
Also on the bill in Seinajoki is another rematch and this between middleweights Ilias Achergui (6-2-1) from Belgium and Henri Kekalainen (8-3-0). Achergui won the first fight on a close, controversial decision.
British welter prospect Kian Thomas (5-0) is also on the bill.
Heavyweight Aleksander Dimitrenko (38-2) is mandatory challenger for the EU title currently held by Agit Kabayel (15-0). Dimitrenko was last mentioned as opponent for Shannon Briggs but denied having ever been contacted for the fight.
Dimitrenko held the EBU title 2010-12 and then lost to Kubrat Pulev in what also was a IBF eliminator. He´s won six straight since then but over rather soft opponents.
Petko´s Box Promotion stage a 12-fight show at the Ballhaus Forum in Munich on Friday (July 15). Super lightweight Howik Bebraham (3-0) defends the International German title against Robert Tatlik (18-0) in the headliner. The Kraft brothers, James and Toni, are both featured on the undercard. Toni takes on Hungarian Attila Palko (22-23) while James is in against Mihai Macovei (7-24) with both fights made at lightheavy.
Cruiserweight Enad Licina (30-4) is also on the bill and face Ata Dogan (14-30-1).
Update: Tlatlik is out after suffering an injury while attempting to lose weight. Hungarian Gyorgy Miszei, Jr, (22-17) is now the opponent for Bebraham.
There is still no agreement for EBU light heavyweight champ Medhi Amar´s mandatory defence against former WBO super middleweight king Robert Stieglitz. The EBU are now calling for purse bids and have set August 5 at noon as deadline.