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Anthony Yigit inks with Sauerland

Team Sauerland is delighted to announce the signing of Swedish amateur star Anthony Yigit. The welterweight will be making his professional debut at Arena Nord in Frederikshavn, Denmark on April 13 as part of Team Sauerland’s Nordic Fight Night. ”I am thrilled to have signed with Team Sauerland,’’ said Yigit. ‘’I cannot wait to make my professional debut on April 13.”

A successful amateur, Yigit traveled to London for the 2012 Olympics defeating Francisco Vargas Ramirez in the first round before losing by a single point to eventual Silver medallist Denys Berinchyk in what many boxing experts described as the best fight of the competition. ”For many athletes, just to qualify for the Olympics is a lifelong dream,” said Yigit. ”When I qualified I knew that I had to show everyone that I was there to compete. I was disappointed to have lost such a close fight but the response for the fight was fantastic and it felt great to have left my mark in this way.”

Now turning professional with Team Sauerland, Yigit explains his reasons for choosing to sign with the German promoters. ”Team Sauerland is well known for taking care of their boxers and I felt that I needed to sign with a promoter that could give me what I need to develop and to be in the best possible shape when I enter the ring. I met Nisse Sauerland and we seemed to have the same idea of what a boxer needs to develop so I am looking forward to work with him.”

Promoter Nisse Sauerland shares the young Swede’s enthusiasm. ”Anthony is an extremely talented young boxer and will be a great addition to our Nordic Fight Night series,” said Sauerland. ”As an amateur he has proven himself at both domestic and international level and I am sure he will have no problems making the transition to professional boxing. There are exciting times ahead for Swedish boxing. Erik Skoglund just clinched his 15th win in as many pro fights. There are big things coming up for him. Erik has made the most of the opportunities and platform we have provided, and I´m sure Anthony can follow his path. Together they can lift Swedish boxing to new heights.”

Tickets for Nordic Fight Night at Arena Nord are available at In the main fights of the evening, Rudy Markussen (38-3, 25 KOs) will be facing Luke Blackledge (12-0-1, 4 KOs), while WBA, WBC and WBO Female Welterweight Champion Cecilia Braekhus (21-0, 5 KOs) will take on American Mia St. John (47-12-2, 18 KOs).


What has been a frustrating few months for Kent’s Leon Senior ended today with the news that he has finally got a shot at the vacant Southern Area light-heavyweight title on Olivia Goodwin’s ‘Collision Course’ show at York Hall on 9th March.

Senior had originally been matched with Margate’s Jay Morris for the vacant title only for Morris to withdraw from the bout. The Area Council then matched Senior with Andreas Evangelou for the vacant title. The fight went to purse bids which were won by the Goodwin team only for Evangelou to withdraw from the contest.

Mickey Helliet fighters Dan Woodgate and Joe Smyth both turned down the opportunity and it was left for Danny Couzens to step forward. After some deliberation the Area Council confirmed today they will sanction the bout.

“I would like to thank my manager Michael Amoo-Bediako and my promoters the Goodwin team for their persistence in getting me this title shot,” said Senior. “I am determined to win this coveted belt.”

The Goodwin team has also won purse bids to stage John McDermott v Ian Lewison for the Southern Area heavyweight title on 5th April at Grays, Essex. However, it is not confirmed if McDermott will take on the improving Lewison or vacate the title.

Bondorovas Ready for (Another) War With Thomas

Chicago MidDonatas Bondorovasdleweight Donatas “Donda” Bondorovas (16-3-1, 5 KOs) says he has had a perfect training camp in preparation for his rematch with Indiana’s “King” David Thomas (10-3-2, 8 KOs).

He’s going to need it.

The pair will meet for the second time in the main event of promoter Bobby Hitz’s “Fight Night at the Horseshoe” event, this Friday, February 15, at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana.

In their first sensational encounter, Bondorovas survived a cut, multiple injuries and got off the floor from a hard knockdown before storming back to win via a come-from-behind (and some would say early) stoppage in the second round.

Born in Kaunas City, Lithuania, Bondorovas came to the United States three years ago and settled in Chicago, where he is trained by well-known Windy City boxing figure Sam Colonna at the Sam Colonna Boxing Gym.

You had a tough fight with Thomas last time. What’s going to be different this time?

I had an unsuccessful first round because I quickly suffered a shoulder injury and a hand injury, and then got cut over my nose… and then I got knocked down! Wow. It was like everything was against me. But I am a warrior and way too competitive. I can’t quit. So I took all my fighting spirit and went into the second round like a raging bull and finished the guy with the other hand. That was drama!

When Bobby Hitz told me he wanted to fight on February 15, I was informed that Thomas wanted a rematch. I was surprised, because I won that fight by TKO. But later, I came to find out they want it because they think the fight was stopped too early.

The truth is that the job of a ring referee is to take responsibility of athletes’ health. This is a sport, not gladiator combat! My opponent was out on his feet. I saw his eyes were rolled back and maybe another blow could have been tragic. So, I think the referee acted adequately. You can risk your own life, but not somebody else’s!

When I heard this, I said ‘ok, they want a rematch? Alright let’s do it again and nothing will be different this time, except I hope I will not be injured.’

Tell me about your amateur career. How many fights did you have? Did you win many titles? What were they?

As an amateur, my record was about 190-30. I was a long-time member of the Lithuanian National Amateur Boxing Team and a five-time national amateur boxing champion. I was also the European Union Amateur Boxing Championships bronze medal winner, the World Military Boxing Championships bronze medal winner and the two-time Military Olympics bronze medal winner. I also won several international amateurs boxing tournaments.

Are you a full-time boxer or do you work a job? What do you do if you do?

I do some personal training and a sometimes drive a limo, because to live only from boxing at this level it is impossible. I don’t have any sponsors yet, so I have to do something else for a living and it is really hard.

Describe your style of fighting.

I have power and determination. I think in the ring and have excellent timing because of my many years of experience. Actually I think my style is universal. It depends what kind of style my opponent has and then I am able to choose the best strategy to fight him.

Are you married? Have children?

I am still single and not ready yet for a family, because it is not play. Family is a holy affair. It is a very responsible thing and you need to be prepared financially and morally, spiritually and take it very seriously. You have to feel it from inside when it is time!


Several Chicagoland favorites are scheduled to appear in supporting bouts including Chicago’s red-hot undefeated Dimar “Strongman” Ortuz (7-0, 5 KOs), who will go six rounds in the cruiserweight division against Memphis southpaw Grover Young (7-8-1, 4 KOs).

Also returning for a six-rounder is wildly popular Chicago super middleweight prospect Mike “Hollywood” Jimenez (8-0, 5 KOs), who is fresh off his very impressive stoppage of former world title challenger Antwun Echols last November at the Horseshoe. Jimenez will fight local veteran Michael Walker (19-17-3, 12 KOs).

In other matches, Hammond, Indiana’s own heavyweight powerhouse David Martin III (6-0-1, 5 KOs) is coming back for a six-rounder against Chicago tough guy Felix Abner (3-2, 2 KOs); and 21-year-old Rockford, Illinois, lightweight Anthony Linenfelser (3-3, 3 KOs) will bring his brand of excitement to bear against explosive Chicago native Russell “Rocky” Fiore (6-2-1, 6 KOs) in a four-rounder.

Popular locals also featured in four-round fights will be junior welterweight Genaro Mendez (5-1-1, 3 KOs); pro super flyweight and former National Jr. Olympic Champion Johnny “WiteBoi” Determan (5-0, 4 KOs) from Nebraska, as well as the other heavily decorated Chicago-based amateur he is on a collision course with: 21-year-old super flyweight prospect Adan Ortiz (5-0, 4 KOs); welterweight “Irish” Jimmy Murphy (1-0, 1 KO) and the second fight of welterweight Nick Ramirez (0-0-1).

All opponents not specified will be announced shortly.

The high-class atmosphere and luxurious surroundings the Horseshoe has to offer make their boxing shows a Las Vegas-style night of boxing that Chicago-area fans don’t have to get on a plane to enjoy.
The Horseshoe Casino has an intimate, comfortable venue with luxurious seats, a spectacular gaming area, free parking, exquisite food and all the amenities — and is just 20 minutes from Downtown Chicago.

Tickets are priced at $90 Ringside & $40 Orchestra and available at all Ticketmaster outlets and

On fight night, doors open 6:30 pm and the action starts at 7:30.

All bouts are subject to change.

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