By Per Ake Persson
There were purse bids this past afternoon (Aug 5) for Medhi Amar´s mandatory defense of the EBU light heavyweight title against former WBO super middleweight king Robert Stieglitz (49-5-1). SES, who promotes Stieglitz, won with an offer for 85,620 Euro with French MK Events bidding 45,0000.
SES plan to stage the fight on November 5 or 12 in either Magdeburg or Dessau.
Amar (33-4-2) was in line to fight then EBU champ Igor Mikhalkin when the Russian was suspended for doping. Amar then got the chance to fight for the vacant title as MK Event had the date and site secured. In on short notice came Serhyi Demchenko and Amar won a close decision and became a champion everybody wants to fight. For Stieglitz this might be his last chance to get back into the big fights.
IN OTHER NEWS: WBO, WBA and IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion and Ring Magazine's #2 Pound-for-Pound fighter Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev (30-0-1, 26 KOs) has returned to the US following his unanimous decision victory over Isaac "Golden Boy" Chilemba in his home country of Russia on July 11 in Ekaterinburg.
Before heading to Oakland, California this Saturday for a ringside seat to watch two-time world champion and #4 Pound-for-Pound fighter Andre "S.O.G." Ward's (29-0, 15 KOs) battle with Alexander Brand at the Oracle Arena, Kovalev spent some time in Miami, Florida with ESPN Deportes and in New York, New York with SI Now.