Rising German star Leon Bauer (14-0-1, 9 KOs) is the latest boxer confirmed for an action-packed fight night on December 8 at the KC Dražen Petrovi? in Zagreb.
Croatian boxing sensation Filip Hrgovi? tops the bill, defending his WBC International Heavyweight title against Ecuador’s Ytalo Perea, while female star Ivana Habazin provides chief support with a rematch against Eva Bajic.
Bauer has been touted as one of Germany’s top boxing talents. He made his debut in 2015 at just 16 years of age, and now, undefeated in fifteen professional contests, is the current IBF Youth Super Middleweight World Champion.
Bauer, who is currently teaching himself to speak Croatian, will be boxing outside of Germany for the second time in his career having previously fought at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, and will take on Portugal’s Jorge Silva (16-6, 7 KOs) over eight rounds.
“I speak a little bit of Croatian, maybe 30 to 40 percent of the language, but I’m still learning,” said Bauer. “It was my decision to start learning the language a year ago for some mind work. I don’t want to just sit at home when I’m not training, I want to build myself up and continue to learn new things.
“I’ve got a lot of friends who come from The Balkans, and they help me a lot. I’ve also been holidaying in Croatia every year for the last three years, and I enjoy being there a lot. It’s a great place – the food, the people, the view, the sea!
“I’m really looking forward to fighting in Zagreb. I’ll test my boxing ability in the ring and language skills out of the ring, and I hope to win over some new fans!”
The WBC International Heavyweight Championship contest between Filip Hrgovi? and Ytalo Perea will top an action-packed fight card at the KC Dražen Petrovi? on December 8 with a full undercard set to be announced.
Tickets start from 150 KN and are available online www.eventim.hr. All the action will be broadcast live and exclusive on RTL in Croatia.
Miami, Fla: After close to a decade Telemundo’s popular boxing series, Boxeo Telemundo Ford returns to South Florida. At one time the Boxeo Telemundo series was being broadcasted LIVE from South Florida at least six times a year. All Star Boxing’s President Tuto Zabala Jr. teamed up with Heavyweight Factory President, Kris Lawrence to return the popular series to the most iconic boxing venue in South Florida, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.
Headlining this historic return ranked #2 WBO Bantamweight Latin Champion, Ricardo “Hindu” Espinoza, 21-2-18 KO’s of Tijuana, Mexico defends his title in a ten round battle against Colombia’s latest undefeated prospect, the heavy handed Yeison Vargas, 17-0-12 KO’s. Vargas is looking to spoil Espinoza’s Hard Rock boxing party
Espinoza is coming off an impressive second round stoppage of then #3 WBO ranked bantamweight Daniel “El Alacran” Lozano during Boxeo Telemundo summer series.
“I’m prepared to defend my title at all cost, I earned this title. I want to show all my fans that I’m worthy of a title opportunity after this fight” said Ricardo "Hindu" Espinoza, WBO Latin Champion.
“I know that Hindu Espinoza thinks he’s just going to come here to the Hard Rock and run right through me. I got bad news for him. The tables will turn on him come Friday night” said Yeison Vargas, undefeated prospect.
Espinoza vs Vargas will air LIVE on the Telemundo network this Friday at 11:35pm. Check your local listings.
9 more exciting bouts scheduled. Doors open at 6pm, first fight 7pm. Tickets at ticketmaster.com, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Hollywood, Fla.
On Saturday, December 1, at the Galaktika Culture Centre in Sochi, Russia, Umar Salamov will defend his Eurasian Boxing Parliament and WBO International Light Heavyweight Championships when he faces once-beaten Emmanuel “Horse Power” Anim in an explosive 10-round showdown.
Salamov (22-1, 17 KOs), from Alkhan-Kala, Russia, is currently ranked WBC #10, WBA #13, IBF #7 and WBO #10 in the world. Anim (13-1-1, 11 KOs), from Accra, Ghana, is a former Ghanaian Super Middleweight and Light Heavyweight Champion. The fight will also be televised live in Russia on Match TV.
“I take every fight seriously,” said Salamov. “My preparations have been excellent for this match. I scored a KO in all my wins this year and I’ll do it again on December 1.”
Salamov caught the boxing public’s eye in North America last June with a brutal one-punch knockout over respectable prospect Brian Howard. With top-10 rankings by every major sanctioning body, it’s a matter of time for the 24-year-old slugger.
“The light heavyweight division is one of the most talent-packed in boxing,” said Salamov’s promoter, Dmitriy Salita. “Umar is one of the best in the world and with an impressive victory on December 1, he will be one step closer to reaching his goal of becoming a world champion.”
Its been two years since Maurice Weber entered a professional boxing ring. Ever since, the 37-years old light middleweight contender has been hampered by a lingering hand injury he suffered when he fought Jack Culcay in May 2015 for the WBA world title. In that fight, Weber came close to fulfilling his dream of becoming champion of the world, dropping the his opponent once en route to a close decision loss - despite the injury happening early in the fight.
“I just had to fight through it“, Weber said. “I proved that I operate on world-level in this fight and I want to get another shot at the championship once my hand is fully healed. I want to continue to box but if my doctors tell that I can’t I have to adapt to that and focus on a new life path.“
That, of course, is a matter for the future. Weber will have to undergo another hand surgery, tentatively scheduled for December or early January at the latest. Afterwards, Weber is looking at four to six months of rehab. “This will not stop me. I’ll get the operation done and I’ll put all the work in to be back inside the ring next summer“, he emphasized.
The work will be done inside the Sturm Box-Gym in Cologne, Germany, the state-of-the art training facilities his friend and former five-time world champion Felix Sturm built when he begun to promote himself. “I have everything I need here. While I can’t do any boxing specific training now, I’m always keeping myself in shape. And after my surgery, I will do all my rehab at the gym. There’s no better place to get back to business“, Weber said.
Weber, who has a professional record of 22 wins with only two defeats and one bout even in 13 years as a professional, is confident that his career will resume next year: “I cannot wait to return to the ring and to prove myself to the boxing world again. I want to become champion of the world and I know I have it in me to make this dream a reality.“