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Rising unbeaten heavyweight Agit Kabayel (19-0, 13KOs) of Bochum, Germany makes his first ring appearance of 2020, as he takes on countryman Egvenios Lazaridis. Their 10-round bout tops a six-fight card, with select fights to stream live on ESPN+, beginning at 3:00pm ET (9:00pm local time) live from Seebühne Elbauenpark in Magdeburg, Germany.
Kabayel (19-0, 13KOs) tipped the scales at 236.75 pounds for what will end a 16-month ring hiatus. Lazaridis (16-2, 10KOs)—a 6’6” Greek heavyweight now based out of Frankfurt—checked in at 255 pounds.
The show will take place in front of a limited number of spectators in attendance, in accordance with social distancing measures.
Adding to a series of firsts, Saturday’s headliner will also mark Kabayel’s first fight as a Top Rank boxer although the event is locally promoted by Ulf Stenforth’s SES Sports Events GmbH. Kabayel inked a promotional pact with Top Rank last September, shortly after vacating his European heavyweight title in abandoning talks for a title defense versus England’s Joe Joyce.
The 27-year old contender remains best known for his 12-round majority decision win over veteran gatekeeper Dereck Chisora in November 2017. Just two bouts have followed, including a 12-round unanimous decision victory over Andriy Rudenko last March in Magdeburg.
Lazaridis carries into the event a four-fight winning streak, though largely coming against non-descript competition. The 32-year old has been more active than Kabayel, fighting three times in 2019 including an eight-round win over Kostiantyn Dovbyshchenko last November in the Treptow section of Berlin, Germany.
Agit Kabayel, 236.75 vs. Evgenios Lazaridis, 255–10 rds, heavyweight
Peter Kadiru, 239 vs. Eugen Buchmüller, 213—8 rds, heavyweight
Nina Meinke, 127.9 vs. Edina Kiss, 129—8 rds, featherweight
Collins Ojal, 230.4 vs. Georgij Fibich, 248—6 rds, heavyweight
Edison Zani, 152.3 vs. Maurice Morio, 152.1—4 rds, junior middleweight
Artur Henrik, 167.5 vs. Miguel Aguilar, 165.5—4 rds, middleweight
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox