By Per Ake Persson

Former WBA super welterweight champ Jack Culcay, 25-3 and now IBF # 2 at middleweight and IBF # 4 Sergey Derevyanchenko was nominated already in early December for a final eliminator where the winner will challenge the IBF champ, Daniel Jacobs.

There´s been no agreement and tomorrow - January 15 there will be purse bids at the IBF headquarters in New Jersey.

AGON Sports, who promotes Culcay, writes in a press release that they are determined to get the fight to Germany.

Swedish heavyweight Pezhman Seifkhani, 9-0, will again try for the vacant RBO heavyweight title this time March 16 in Orebro. Opponent is Brazilian Leandro Rufino, 6-0-1. Last time Seifkhani went for this title the opponent was Nuhu Azumua from Ghana but the fight fell through as Azuma was unable to get a visa. 

Also on this show is Croatian light heavy prospect Marko Calic, 8-0, who takes on Clebson Tubarao, 3-0-1, also from Brazil. Since it is in Sweden all fights over 12 minutes duration need special permission from the Martial Arts Delegation.

Norwegian light heavy Alexander Hagen, 12-2-1, takes on Pole Michal Ludwiczak, 16-9, at the Botnia Hall in Mustasaari, Finland February 16. The fight is scheduled for six rounds and Hagen will again prepare at the Johnny Tocco Gym in Las Vegas.

Hagen says his goal his to be world ranked in one or two years.  As for Ludwiczak it looks like another day in the office. He´s already fought on three continents and in nine different countries.

The show in Mustasaari is promoted by Boxing Team Eklund headed by Mathias Eklund, who also headlines the show. Eklund take on former EBU super feather champ Siarhei Guliakevich, 43-11, over eight rounds in a fight made at middleweight.


Hard punching 32-year old German light heavy Nick Hannig, 6-0, take on Canadian Ryan Ford, 15-3, February 9 at the Verti Music Hall in Berlin.with the vacant WBC Int´l title at stake. The show is promoted by Petko´s Box Promotion headed by ex-pro Alexander Petkovic. Hannig is late in the pros after a long amateur career and is an exciting puncher.


Spanish super welter Jorge Fortea, 18-1-1, squares off against Brit Nav Mansouri, 19-1-2, February 16 in Marbella, Spain, with the vacant IBF Intercontinental  title at stake. Mansouri is 4-0 on Spanish soil while Fortea is 5-0 since losing to highly capable Kelvin Dotel in 2015. On the undercard cruiserweight Joe Sherriff, 12-1, take on Alvaro Terrero, 3-8-2.


German welter Abass Barou, 4-0, is moved from prospect to headliner already in his fifth fight and takes on Mexican Carlos Molina, 29-10-2, with the WBC International title at stake. Barou-Molina goes ahead February 16 at the CGM Arena in Koblenz, Germany, with Team Sauerland promoting.