The fight for the vacant EBU light heavyweight title between Igor Mikhalkin (24-2) and Mathieu Bauderlique (20-1) is set for August 14 with the site to be announced, reports the EBU. EC Boxing of Germany won purse bids for the right to stage the fight with an offer for 51,000 Euro to be split 50/50.
Irish super featherweight Eric Donovan (13-1) pulled out earlier this week with an injury and his fight against Mario Alfano (15-2-1) on May 14 with the vacant EU 130 lb title on the line is thus off.
However, the promoter, Loreni Boxe, was able to secure Nicola Henchiri (9-4-2) as a substitute and he's been accepted by the EBU as a co-challenger. Henchiri comes in off a close points loss to reigning EBU ruler Francesco Patera.
Heavyweight Emir Ahmatovic (9-0), trained by Scott Welch, fights Spaniard Gabriel Enguema (10-10) with the vacant GBU title on the line on May 21 in Belgrade, Serbia. This is the chief support to Nick Hannig's defense of the WBC International light heavyweight title against Latvian Ralfs Vilcans.
Heavyweights Viktor Faust (6-0) and Christian Hammer (25-7) are featured on the undercard to the Manuel Charr - Christopher Lovejoy fight on Saturday (May 15) in Cologne. Faust is in against Jacek Piatek (11-0) in a ten rounder while Hammer takes on Patryk Kowoll (7-24) over eight.
The rematch between Zelfa Barrett (25-1) and former world champ Kiko Martinez (41-10-2), is according to espabox.com, now on and set for late July and again in the UK. Barrett outscored Martinez on wide scores but many felt he deserved better and even a draw. The fight is again made at super featherweight. Martinez was world champ at super bantamweight.
Finnish welter Oskari Metz (12-0) is in the final preparations for his fight against Mozes Vasarhelyi (1-3) on May 22 in Belgrade. Now managed by England-based Pole Martin Mikolajczak and Pekka Maeki the 29-year old has trained as well as possible despite gyms shutting down and sparring not allowed due to Covid-19.
"But I feel pretty sharp," says Metz despite a year out of the ring. In his last fight he outboxed much more experienced Pole Michal Syrowatka (22-4) for an upset win on the road. However, then the pandemic closed down just about everything in boxing in Finland and the momentum was lost.
Metz started boxing late, in 2016, and made his pro debut later that year without any amateur fights. However, he did kick boxing for a few years while living in the Netherlands. Back in Finland he found his way to Pekka Maeki's gym in Helsinki and Pekka also coached him early on but the head coach is now Mikhail Karpinskiy.
Co-manager Martin Mikolajczak is confident that Metz can make it to the top in Europe but Oskari himself takes one step at the time. Metz is ranked # 6 in the EU ratings and is # 17 with the EBU.