Firat Arslan vs. Alex Mogylewski on Saturday, December 1st in Düsseldorf, Germany

November 30th 2012. Just a few weeks ago, Firat Arslan fought the fight of his life against World Boxing Organization (WBO) cruiserweight champion Marco Huck. Only the judges prevented Arslan from becoming a two-time world champion when he lost a disputed decision against Huck on November 3rd. But, instead of resting and mourning after the controversial defeat, Firat Arslan will be back in the ring on Saturday, December 1st 2012 at the “ran Boxen: Die Super Fight Night – powered by Felix Sturm” boxing event in Dusseldorf, Germany.

He took the fight only on a two-day notice. “He agreed to fight immediately after Ruslan Chagaev pulled out of his fight”, promoter Felix Sturm said. “I have an enormous amount of respect for Firat Arslan. He is a true warrior.” The 42-years old former champion is happy to showcase his skill, despite the short break: “It’s a great opportunity to be back in the ring just weeks after the Huck bout. I’m excited and the Huck bout. I’m excited and ready for Saturday.” Arslan will face Alex Mogylewski, 27, from Aachen, Germany.

The main event of “ran Boxen: Die Super Fight Night – powered by Felix Sturm” will feature Susi Kentikian’s conquest to become world champion again. The “Killer Queen” will try to win the vacant WBA title at Flyweight against American Carina Moreno – live on SAT.1. The “Killer Queen” held three championship belts until last May, when she lost a disputed decision.

“This is all or nothing for me”, the 25-years old Kentikian, who is fighting out of the Sturm Box-Promotion stable since October 2012, said. “I will prove how strong I am and will do everything to win my titles back, one by one. I’m as motivated as they come and I guarantee a clear outcome.”

The event will be broadcasted live by SAT.1, starting at 11PM/CET, and on ran.de, starting at 8PM/CET.

Algeria suffer home defeat versus Azerbaijan (2-3)

Lausanne, Switzerland, 30 November 2012 – In their first ever World Series of Boxing (WSB) home match, the Algeria Desert Hawks experinced a close defeat at the hands of a tough trio of boxers from Azerbaijan Baku Fires. The visitors saw Orzubek Shayimov, Jaba Kositashvili and Vladimir Cheles all prevail at the Salle Hocine-Chaalane to send their team top of Group A.

The action got underway in the Bantamweight (50-54kg) bout with Algeria’s Samir Brahimi versus Azerbaijan tough Uzbek Shayimov. It was a fascinating battle between two accomplished fighters with the home boxer getting the crowd up on their feet and cheering loudly as he took the first two rounds in style. Shayimov came back strong and turned the fight on its head as his incessant pressure in the final three rounds saw him triumph to give the visitors the lead in the tie.

Algeria then got back on level terms through the guile of 2008 Beijing Olympian Abdelkader Chadi in the next contest. The 25-year-old orthodox Algerian dominated the exchanges in the opening two rounds by keeping Isa Isayev at bay with the clever use of the jab. The Azerbaijan Lightweight (57-61kg) came back to claim the third but after moving inside to good effect in the fourth, Chadi had enough about him to take the victory.

It began at frenetic pace in the Middleweight (68-73kg) bout with Azerbaijan’s Kositashvili looking to stamp his authority on proceedings early on. The power of the 20-year-old rising star from Georgia had the home team’s Sofiane Tabi struggling and he took the first round. The two went toe-to-toe for the following two rounds and it was the poise and precision of Kositashvili which made the difference as he conquered his inexperience rival to give the lead back to Azerbaijan.

The battle of the southpaws in the Light Heavyweight (80-85kg) showdown had Algeria’s Nabil Kassel pitted against the tall Moldovan Cheles. The 23-year-old Azerbaijan fighter’s unrelenting style had Kassel in trouble with the Algerian having to take a standing eight count in the second. Several more punishing combinations had Cheles well on top after three rounds. The Algerian, recruited from the pro ranks, could not contain his powerful rival and Cheles went on to win the battle to guarantee the Azeri Franchise an unassailable lead in the match, 1-3.

Star boxer Chouaib Bouloudinats restored pride for the home team after the experienced Algerian overcame the challenge of up and coming Azeri Askhab Abdulkhalikov in the last bout of the evening at Heavyweight (91+kg). The 25-year-old All-Africa Games Champion looked hungry from the onset, mixing it up well, working the body well, to reduce his team’s deficit in the fixture. Ultimately it was Azerbaijan which left the Algerian capital with the points.

Algeria Desert Hawks now travel to fortress Foro Polanco to meet unbeaten Mexico Guerreros on Friday 7 December whilst Azerbaijan’s visit to face Russia has been postponed until 25 January.


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