Belgian super featherweight Faroukh Kourbanov (19-3) won the vacant EBU title on Saturday in Herstal with a majority decision over Italian co-challenger Nicola Henchiri (10-6-2). It was scored 116-112, 115-113 and 114-114.
The title was left vacant by Samir Ziani and short and Henchiri, who in recent fights won and lost the EU title, was accepted to save the date.
Unfortunately, the coronavirus pandemic also played a part and there was no crowd allowed.
German super middleweight Emre Cukur (18-1) is out of the fight for the vacant EBU super middleweight title on December 18 against Jack Cullen (20-2-1) due to a broken hand.
Cukur won the WBA Continental title November 20 with a close win over Matteo Hache and was already then booked to fight Cullen. Two tough fights inside a month was standard back in the day but highly unusual in today's boxing.
Former IBO and WBA Interim light heavyweight champ Robin Krasniqi continues to dispute the decision loss to Dominic Boesel on October 9 in Magdeburg, Germany.
In a press release Team Krasniqi has had five "active and in Germany living judges" score the fight on a wide screen and not surprisingly all scored the fight in favor of Krasniqi on scores of 116-112 twice, 115-113 twice and 115-114 for the now ex-champ.
In real life it was scored 116-112 and 115-114 for Boesel and 115-114 Krasniqi.
If there will be a change of the decision is an open question but it looks like Team Krasniqi has a weak case unless there's a formal mistake in the scoring.
Female super welterweights Priscilla Peterle (4-0) from France and Swede Marianne Ahlborg (5-0) clash for the vacant EBU title on February 12 in Grande Synthe, France, with EuroProm staging the fight.
The winner, especially if it's Ahlborg, stands a good chance to get a shot at WBC queen Patricia Berghult.