By Teddy Stenmark: A date has now finally been set for Danish super middleweight champion Mikkel Kessler mandatory defense against Germany’s Danilo Haussler, and it will be on the 25th of October in Düsseldorf, Germany and not in Denmark, or close to the Danish border as been speculated in some media. Kessler was very happy with finally getting a timetable for the fight and says on his on his own website that he has studied Haussler on tape and knows that he is a tough fighter and he won’t by any means underestimate him. The training routine will be tough as always.
German promoted Finnish heavyweight Robert Helenius (2-0, 1 KO) has been added to Pugnus Promotions card in Karlstad, Sweden on September 5th, the former amateur star will be facing Denmark’s Ingvardt Jörgensen on the card. Ray Mercer, Attila Levin and Joey Abell will also be on the program so lots of action for those who enjoy the heavyweights. In Karlstad there is also one guy in particular that everyone ought to keep an extra look out for on the undercard and that is 23 year old welterweight, Daniel “ Golden Smile” Hartvig (4-0, 2 KO:s). The kid who had a good amateur career behind him, Scandinavian junior champion, runner up at the senior nationals behind 2008 Olympian Naim Tebunja among other achievements, has the grit and heart of a true warrior. It’s not by coincident he has been dubbed “the new Bo Högberg” (Högberg of course one of Sweden’s toughest boxers ever, captured the European junior middleweight title in the sixties). I have followed Hartvig as a boxer since he was 15 years old and I can honestly say I have never seen him in a dull fight. He is a skilled pressure boxer with very good hooks and overall boxing ability. In Karlstad he is tentatively booked to take on American, Julias Edmonds 2-1.
That Edwards sure has his work cut out for him. Hartvig is all action and the yank better be prepared for it!
I contacted Swedish Olympian Kennedy Katende (light heavyweight) through mail to hear what his immediate plans are after this somewhat disappointing result in the Beijing Games, and he stated, “Well, I’m going to heal up my injuries properly now and then aim towards the next European championships, if I am successful there, I might just continue on to the next games in London 2012, it all depends on if our coach Majid Jelili will stay on the team. I won’t turn professional unless a really lucrative contract is presented to me. Interestingly enough Katendes opponent Artur Beterbiev of Russia was eliminated from the Olympic tournament by China’s Zhang Xiaoping on points.
Former European welterweight champion, Christian Bladt (34-10-1, 10 KO) is still very much active and fact is he is a little bit on a roll at this late stage of his career at age 33. Three fights have been fought during 2008 and he has won them all, including a bout for the WBO intercontinental title against German, Norman Schuster (TKO6). He is now tentatively booked on a card in Hungary (Gyor) on the 12th of September against an opponent TBA.