Universum begin 2021 with a show at their own gym in Hamburg on February 20. Topping the 11-fight bill is heavyweight Zhan Kossobutskiy (14-0) who takes on Czech Pavel Sour (11-3). Don¨t let the records fool you, Sour is in tough in this one and has been stopped by Filip Hrgovic, Hughie Fury and Jermaine Franklin.
Light heavyweight James Kraft (18-0-1) takes on Walter Gabriel Sequeira (23-7) in the co-feature.
Promoter Erol Ceylan and his European Commitment Boxing have announced that they will reduce activity in 2021. EC Boxing have 20-25 boxers more or less under contract but most will be free agents effective immediately. In a press release EC mentioned that heavyweight prospect Viktor Faust will remain in the stable while WBA 'regular' heavyweight champion Manuel Charr isn't mentioned.
EC also won purse bids to stage the fight for the vacant EBU light heavyweight title between Igor Mikhalkin and Callum Johnson but if that fight will happen is an open question.
Decent heavyweights such as Christian Hammer, Ali Eren Demirezen and Erkan Teper are also in the stable - or perhaps one should say was.
Finnish super welterweight Tomi Silveinonnen (9-2) travels to South Africa and takes on Brandon Thysse (13-2-1) in Johannesburg on February 13. Silvennoinen trains at the Nordic Nightmare Gym in Porvoo and is trained by the Nightmare's father Kalle Helenius.
As for the Nordic Nightmare himself, Robert Helenius, he lives in Mariehamn and trains at his own gym.
The postponed fight for the vacant WBC Silver title at lightweight between Francesco Patera (23-3) and Devis Boschiero (49-6-2) will now go ahead sometime in March, reports the WBC. The fight was first set for December 19 but Patera had to pull out due to a positive Covid-19 test. Boschiero then tuned up with a win over Samuel Gonzales.
Exact date and site will be announced with OPI since 82 promoting.