French light heavyweight Mathieu Bauderlique (20-1) is the new co-challenger for the vacant EBU title, with Russian Igor Mikhalkin in the other corner.

Bauderlique steps in for Callum Johnson, who signed with Queensberry Promotions and pulled out of a planned fight against Mikhalkin.

The EBU has set March 22 as the deadline for purse offers. 

Bauderlique won a bronze medal in the 2016 Olympics in Rio. As a pro he had his career derailed after losing to unheralded Italian Dragan Lepei in 2017. He's won eight straight since then but the question mark around his chin still lingers. However, Mikhalkin is known to be an excellent boxer but lacking in the punch department.

Universum Box Promotion promotes their next event on April 24 with the site to be announced. BILD has revealed that Aram Haratyunyan (9-0) will return to action after 16 months and face Nicaraguan Oliver Flores with the vacant WBA International lightweight title at stake. Haratyunyan has previously campaigned as a super lightweight.


50-year old former cruiser champ Firat Arslan (48-9-3) knocked out 43-year old Venezuelan Gusmyr Perdomo (26-10) in the third round of a fight that headlined a show at the Firat Arslan Sports School in Goeppingen, Germany, March 6.

 Arslan, a pro since 1997, looked as strong as ever but then again strength was always his strong side. No crowd was allowed.


Queensberry Poland got their second show off the ground in Gniew, Poland on Friday (March 5) night - but minutes before Polsat, who was scheduled to televise the show, decided not to broadcast anything from the event. As to why this happened is still not clear, as there is a five year contract between the network and Queensberry, writes

In the headliner Polish-English light heavy Pawel August (13-0) stopped Maksim Miszczenko (7-2)


Ukrainan heavyweight Vladyslav Sirenko (16-0) outscored Pole Kamil Sokolowski (10-21-2) over eight rounds in Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday night.