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World title action across Europe

Posted on December 14 2009                                               Bookmark and Share


December 18 marks an important day for the World Boxing Federation as two highly important world titles will be contested in Europe, albeit in different countries, on this same day with so far undefeated co-challengers looking to justify their status of favourites.

Firstly, current WBF International champion Tamas ‘Kid’ Kovacs steps up to face Kenya’s former Commonwealth title challenger Samson Onyango, 19-4 (12 KO’s), for the vacant WBF world lightheavyweight crown in his hometown of Galanta, Slovakia, near the Hungarian border. The 32-year-old Kovacs defended his International belt as recently as last October and sports an unblemished record of 14-0 (10 KO’s). If successful, Kovacs would write history as Slovakia’s first-ever world champion in professional boxing.

Over in Russia, the female world heavyweight title will find an owner when Natascha Ragosina clashes with Guyanese girl Pamela London, 6-3-1 (1 KO), over 10 rounds in Ekaterinburg. Curiously, it will mark the first ring appearance of female superstar Ragosina in her home country, after fighting all her career in Germany – with stunning success.

Ragosina has perfect statistics with her record standing at 21-0 (12 KO’s) and since her debut five years ago completely cleaned up the supermiddleweight division. Featuring in 13 world title bouts so far at her old weight, 33-year-old Natascha won an unprecedented eight title belts. The only remaining challenge at supermiddle would have been a match with Laila Ali, but since that is not happening, Ragosina has done the next best thing: Step up not one but two division to win the ultimate price.

“I’m delighted that action in Europe is picking up,” said WBF European Coordinator Olaf Schroeder, “it shows that people appreciate the ways of the World Boxing Federation and are not deluded by cheap talk.”

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