Balzsay vs. Sartison on April 21st
By Jason Kim: 32-year-old World Boxing Association (WBA) World super middleweight champion Karoly Balzsay (24-2, 17 KO’s) will be making his first defense of his title on April 21st against 32-year-old former WBA super middleweight champion Dimitri Sartison (29-1, 18 KO’s) at the Sport and Congress Center, Schwerin, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany.
Sartison held the WBA title from November 2009 to July 2011, giving it up due to an injury. He’s had a couple of tune-up fights against little known opposition in 2011 and 2012. Balzsay will be a considerable step up from the guys Sartion has been facing lately. In Sartison’s last fight, he stopped Carlos Caicedo (4-3-1) in the 5th round earlier this month on February 11th. It was pretty poor opponent but it shows that Sartison’s management didn’t want to push him too fast by putting him in with someone that could beat him.
Balszay held the WBO title from January 2009 to August 2009, defending it successfully once against Maselino Masoe before losing it to Robert Stieglitz by an 11th round TKO defeat. Balzsay lost his next fight to Eduard Gutknecht by a 12 round split decision in December 2009. But since then, Balszay has won his last three fights against mediocre opposition for the most part with the exception of #4 WBA ranked contender Stanyslav Kashtanov, who Balzsay defeated by a 12 round split decision to capture the WBA title last August. Since then, Balszay hasn’t fought anyone.
Also on the card will be former WBO light heavyweight champion Juergen Braehmer vs. TBA, Marcel Meyerdiercks vs. TBA and Juan Carlos Gomez vs. TBA.
This is a fight that could go either way. Both Balzsay and Sartison are limited German based super middleweights. They’re fighting for the WBA title, but the real champion is WBA Super World champ Andre Ward, not Balzsay.