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Braekhus vs. St. John on April 13th; Matthysse vs. Dallas Jr

Team Sauerland is delighted to announce that WBA, WBC & WBO Female Welterweight Champion Cecilia Braekhus (21-0, 5 KOs) has signed a contract extension with Europe´s leading boxing promoter. “We look forward to continuing our very successful relationship with the best female boxer in the world,” Nisse Sauerland said. “Cecilia – the first lady ever to fight for Team Sauerland – has lived up to our expectations. We knew she was special when we signed her, and she has always delivered. Her talent, determination and skills have lifted her all the way from an unknown undercard fighter to a three-time world champion with a rock-star-like popularity in Norway. Together with her coaches Ulli Wegner and Georg Bramowski, the sky is the limit for Cecilia. There are a lot of big fights to be made!”


Braekhus will return to the ring in Frederikshavn on April 13, taking on Mia St. John (47-12-2, 18 KOs). The First Lady only has the best of memories of Arena Nord, which was packed with Norwegian fans in September 2012 when she clinched a dramatic points victory over French power puncher Anne-Sophie Mathis in her biggest fight to date. “I am thrilled to extend my contract with Team Sauerland and to continue our cooperation with Viasat,” Braekhus said. “I will forever be grateful for Team Sauerland´s confidence and support. In the ring, it´s just me and my opponent, but outside the ring, it´s a team effort. We have accomplished quite a lot already but there are even greater things ahead.”

Braekhus is happy to return to Frederikshavn. “I am glad that April 13 has been confirmed,” she stated. “There were so many Norwegian fans ringside last time. Their support gave me the extra lift I needed to beat Mathis. Now I will need their support against St. John. I´ve seen her on tape, she´s a tough girl and very experienced, but I will definitely continue my winning streak in 2013!”

Said St. John: “I am very excited to have this opportunity to fight one of the world’s best fighters. I know exactly what I am up against, but the great thing about boxing is that you never know what will happen. I have one shot and I’m expecting an upset in boxing on April 13th!”

Tickets for the event at Arena Nord are available at arenanord.dk. The fight between Rudy Markussen and Luke Blackledge has also been moved to April 13.

Medzhidov to lead Azerbaijan versus Russia

Lausanne, Switzerland, 25 January 2013 – A quality quintet of boxers will be lining-up for Azerbaijan Baku Fires when Russia come to town this Saturday 26 January (19:00 local time) to do battle at the Olympic Sports Center ‘Serhedchi’. This Group A match, postponed from week three, will see three Georgians and the team’s two star attractions, World Series of Boxing (WSB) Individual Champion Gairbek Germakhanov and AIBA World Champion Magomedrasul Medzhidov, all take to the canvas for the hosts.

Magomedrasul Mezhidov of Azerbaijan Baku Fires

In the opening contest of the night, accomplished Bantamweight (50-54kg) Germakhanov will be pitted against Russian 20-year-old Mukhammad Shekhov. The experienced orthodox Azeri, last season’s top ranked boxer at this weight, goes into the contest as the overwhelming favourite with his 9-1 record in the competition. The skills and technique of the fleet-footed 25-year-old should be too much for Shekhov in this one.

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23-year-old Hurshid Tojibaev, who made the switch to Azerbaijan from Mexico this summer, will then be making his first appearance for his new team when he faces untested Russian Viktor Batalovat at Lightweight (57-61kg). The compact orthodox Georgian was impressive last season and will be looking to get his career with his new employers off to a winning start against an opponent yet to taste life in WSB.

In the Middleweight (68-73kg) bout, another of Azerbaijan’s Georgians, tough man Jaba Khositashvili, will be taking to the ring to lock horns with Russian WSB debutant, 23-year-old Gamzat Gazaliev. The orthodox Khositashvili boasts a 5-1 record in the competition and will be hell-bent on extending his winning streak in the third contest of the night.

After a commanding performance in his first outing for the Russian team, Aleksander Khotyantsev will once again be showcasing his skills when the Light Heavyweight (80-85kg) battles the hosts’ third Georgian, Iago Kiziria. The Fires’ 21-year-old has a reputation as a heavy-hitter, so sparks should fly in this one with Khotyantsev also known for liking to end his contests early.

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Azeri superpower Medzhidov will then make his second WSB appearance this season when he is pitted against battle-hardened Russian Vitaly Kudukhov in the last fight of the evening. This one promises to be explosive right from the onset with the two boxers being real crowd pleasers. London 2012 Olympic Games bronze medallist Medzhidov will have to be on his guard against the powerful 23-year-old Kudukhov, who likes to draw his opponents in for a good scrap and has a tendency towards the spectacular.

The Russian told WSB, “I feel in great shape and fighting a World Champion is a fantastic opportunity for me to test myself against the best there is. I have trained extremely hard and pushed myself to my limits to be ready to face Medzhidov. I fought him four years ago and beat him so I know him well. To win again I must apply constant pressure”.

Azerbaijan Baku Fires are flying high in their group, topping the table with five wins from five, and with home advantage, they are favourites to claim victory. Russia on the other hand always put on a show and with their excellent coaching set-up, will provide stubborn resistance.

WBC News: Matthysse vs. Dallas Jr

WORLD BOXING COUNCIL NEWS

January 25, 2013 – Mexico City.

From the office of WBC President Dr. José Sulaimán:

WBC STATISTICS

WBC Interim Super Lightweight World Championship

Las Vegas, Nevada – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

January 26, 2013

This will be the 1,808th fight sanctioned by the WBC in its 50-year history.

GOLDEN BOY PROMOTIONS PRESENTS:

LUCAS MATTHYSSE (ARGENTINA)

WBC Interim super lightweight champion

Age: 30 (9-27-82)

Residence: Junin, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Birthplace: Trelew, Chubut, Argentina

Record: 32-2, 1 ND, 30 KOs

Height: 5’9”

Stance: Righthanded

Total rounds: 125

Manager: Mario Arano

Trainer: Luis Barrera

MIKE DALLAS JR. (U.S.)

Challenger

Age: 26 (12-19-86)

Residence: Bakersfield, California

Birthplace: Bakersfield, California

Record: 19-2-1, 8 KOs

Height: 5’9.5”

Stance: Righthanded

Total rounds: 98

Managers: Jackie Kallen, Prenice Byrd

Trainer: Virgil Hunter

WBC SUPER LIGHTWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPIONS

1. Roberto Cruz (Phil) 1963

2. Eddie Perkins (US) 1963 – 1965

3. Carlos Hernandez (Ven) 1965 – 1966

4. Sandro Lopopolo (Ita) 1966 – 1967

5. Paul Fuji (US) 1967 – 1968

6. Pedro Adigue (Phil) 1968 – 1970

7. Bruno Arcari (Italy) 1970 – 1974

8. Pedro Fernández (Spain) 1974 – 1975

9. Saensak Muangsurin (Thail) 1975 – 1976

10. Miguel Velazquez (Spain) 1976

11. Saensak Muangsurin (Thail) * 1976 – 1978

12. Sang-Hyun Kim (Korea) 1978 – 1980

13. Saoul Mamby (US) 1980 – 1982

14. Leroy Haley (US) 1982 – 1983

15. Bruce Curry (US) 1983 – 1984

16. Bill Costello (US) 1984 – 1985

17. Lonnie Smith (US) 1985 – 1986

18. Rene Arredondo (Mexico) 1986

19. Tsuyoshi Hamada (Japan) 1986 – 1987

20. Rene Arredondo (México) * 1987

21. Roger Mayweather (US) 1987 – 1989

22. Julio Cesar Chavez (Mex) 1989 – 1994

23. Frankie Randall (US) 1994

24. Julio Cesar Chavez (Mex) * 1994 – 1996

25. Oscar De La Hoya (US-Mex) 1996 – 1997

26. Konstantin Tszyu (Australia) 1998 – 2003

27. Arturo Gatti (Canada) 2004 – 2005

28. Floyd Mayweather (US) 2005

29. Junior Witter (GB) 2006 – 2008

30. Timothy Bradley Jr. (US) 2008 – 2009

31. Devon Alexander (US) 2009 – 2011

32. Timothy Bradley Jr. (US) * 2011

33. Erik Morales (Mexico) 2011 – 2012

34. Danny Garcia 2012 –

35. Lucas Matthysse (Arg) Interim 2012 –

* Regained

GENERAL INFORMATION ON THE SUPER LIGHTWEIGHT DIVISION IN WBC HISTORY.

31 world champions have been recognized by the WBC, four of whom have regained the title: Saensak Muangsurin (Thailand), Rene Arredondo (Mexico), Julio Cesar Chavez (Mexico), Timothy Bradley Jr. (US).

112 super lightweight world title bouts have been held in WBC history.

This will be the 58th super lightweight world title fight in the United States in WBC history.

WBC Statistics by Luis Medina.

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