By Teddy Stenmark: Anders Holmberg the head of Pugnus Boxing Promotion in Sweden has revealed to a local newspaper that he has plans to stage three shows on Swedish soil if everything goes according to plan. Two shows in Karlstad and one in Gothenburg, that one preferably on the 27th of June to celebrate the 50th anniversary former World heavyweight champion Ingemar “Ingo” Johansson’s first fight with Floyd Patterson back in 1959.
Everything is still in the process of negotiations and nothing is certain but Holmberg is also hoping to catch the interest of TV for coverage of his shows and if only this and a few other details works out, the shows should be on.
One of the fighters Pugnus hopes to bring over to the professional ranks this year is former junior welterweight and 2004 Swedish Olympian, Patrick Bogere. A huge talent who has spent a couple of years behind bars for mixing in the wrong company and getting himself into trouble, but now has been released put his old, troubled life behind him.
Fast rising Swedish Mixed Martial Arts star, Alexander Gustafsson (heavyweight in boxing) tends to mix his professional MMA career with some good amateur boxing every now and then (because he loves the sport) and he isn’t bad at all, in fact just recently Gustafsson took on reigning Swedish amateur champion and Bundes League fighter, David Loy and beat him on points, Very impressive. In MMA , Alexander is known to be a vicious striker. He is headlining a professional MMA-event (The Zone –Dynamite) on the 25th of April in Gothenburg. I will be attending this event and fill you readers in on it , with a report , here in my column.
Norwegian welterweight, Cecilia Braekhus rose to the top of the world when she outpointed Danish tough girl, Vinni Skovgaard over 10 rounds for the WBA/WBC titles at that weight, which would make her a smoking hot option for American superstar Holly Holm further down the road. Braekhus proved to be too elusive and skilled for Skoovgaard who did put up a tough challenge for her though. Sauerland Event (Braekhus promoter) is now looking into matching her against decent opposition to maneuver her for that big payday in the US (against the likes of Holm), there has been talk in Norwegian press about a German girl next time around or maybe her Swedish rival, Anna Ingman.
24-year old Swedish junior welterweight prospect, Karlo Tabagua moved to 7-0, 6 KO by stopping, German, Suleyman Dag in Karlsruhe, Germany on the 15th of March.
There was a minor proboxing card in the Finnish town of Kemi on the 14th of March. Domestic heavyweight, Juho Haapoja TKO:ed Russian Stanislav Lukyanchikov in the fourth round and picked up a good win. Spanish lightweight , Emiliano Casal who has been to Scandinavia a few times to box, wasn’t quite as fortunate, lost a six rounder to the hands of Alexander Saltykov ( from Russia). The third probout that evening saw the professional debut of Joonas Koivuranta of Finland - he received a Russian to tangle with and did well, stopped him in the third (TKO).
Congratulations to Mogens Palle who celebrated his 75th birthday on the 14th of March. A little bit of comfort perhaps now when he is involved in that bitter conflict with Mikkel Kessler. The duo is now destined to meet in court to settle their dispute.
I was delighted to hear from the United States that 2008 Olympian, Naim Terbunja advanced to the quarterfinals in the New York Golden gloves recently. He won on points over a fellow by the name of Elvis Seongbae. While fighting there, Naim got special attention from the crowd asr a former Olympian. I am crossing my fingers for him in the next round. It would be a nice trophy to bring back to Sweden.
March 17, 2009