By Teddy Stenmark: Swedish Boxing promoter, Anders Holmberg is a happy man today as he received particularly good news Thursday morning from the martial arts delegation in Örebro, Sweden (the authorities in Sweden controlling professional boxing & MMA), who previously only has approved professional fights in Sweden over 12 minute duration (4x3 minutes).
Holmberg saw an opening when the authorities wrote in the legislation that exceptions could be made for certain events. He then applied for two fights in July (over six 3 minute rounds), Allan Vester (Denmark) vs. Cliff Soukka (Sweden) at junior middleweight, and a heavyweight fight between Andreas Gustafsson and Dane Claus Bertino over the same distance for his September-show in Karlstad on the 24th.
The fights were unexpectedly approved and that is a major breakthrough for Swedish professional boxing who hasn’t staged a fight over the 12 minute limit since 1969. Holmberg with his promotional company Pugnus Promotions will now, with limited time naturally, (just a couple of weeks) try to put together the card for the September show.
Holmberg had in mind to cancel the show if not given positive news from the authorities, but now he has to get moving and he will gladly do so.
On the card in Karlstad also former Palle-fighter, lightweight Frida Wallberg who is tentatively booked for a fight against Nicole Boss from Switzerland, in addition to that the fans will also get a chance to see former US National Golden Gloves champ and Swedish Olympian, Naim Terbunja and his national teammate at heavyweight Modo Sallah in supporting amateur fights.
September 2, 2010