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21 APRIL 2018


European heavyweight championship - Sinan Samil Sam vs. Paolo Vidoz

4 July 2008
Solis finally ready to "tame the Buffalo" Frans Botha on July 4th in Ankara

On July 4th Sinan Samil Sam wants to recapture "his" European heayvweight championship title. Six years ago the "Bull from Bosporus" could win the belt by beating Poland’s Przemyslaw Saleta by tko in the 7th. Two years later Sinan felt that the belt was stolen from him in a very controversial decision loss against Luan Krasniqi.

Now Sinan is back at the top of the European ranking but the title fight in front of his home crowd at Büyük Anadolu Hotel in Ankara will be no walk it the park. Originally Sinan was scheduled to face Matt Skelton but the former British and Commenwealth Champion had to pull out due to a virus infection. As Univerum’s Sascha Dimitrenko didn’t want to fight Sinan "Titanium Jaw" Paolo Vidoz from Italy gets his chance to win the title.

"It is a fight for one of the most important titles in the world", states ARENA-CEO Ahmet Öner. "So you can’t chose your opponent. It will be a very close fight. Both fighters are very experienced and they also both know that this is their last chance to get back to the top of the word."

The long expected clash between heavyweight sensation Odlanier Solis and former IBF champion Francois Botha promises to be another highlight of the show. The bout was originally planned for May 30th and has been postponed twice already.

"Now it’s time to ’tame the Buffalo’", states Solis. "I’ve been waiting quite a while to get my hands on Botha. He has still a very good name in professional boxing. His only problem will be that I don’t give anything on names. ’The White Buffalo’ won’t stop me on my way to the top."

Former WBO heavyweight champion Herbie Hide will be back in action as well. "The Dancing Destroyer" will defend his WBC international cruiserweight championship against "Albanian Tyson" Nuri Seferi.

As special attraction World amateur champion Erislandy Lara will give his pro-debut in Ankara. The 25-year-old Cuban defected one year ago but was arrested an sent back to Havanna. Now that he finally arrived in Germany he wants to make his way to the top as fast as possible.

There will be eight fights on the card in total including rising middleweight star Mahir "Lion" Oral, unbeaten heavyweight prospect Yakup Saglam and Olympic silver medallist Atagün Yalcinkaya. German sports network DSF will broadcast the show LIVE in Germany.

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