European Boxing News: Galli’s Passing, Nielsen’s Debut, Schwarz Withdraws

European Boxing News

Renowned Italian boxer Tommaso Galli has passed away at 83. Galli, a three-time EBU champion across various weight classes, began his triumphs in 1965 by securing the bantamweight title against Mimoun Ben Ali. Despite a rematch loss, he notably defeated Walter McGowan during his reign. In 1969, he clinched the EBU featherweight title after a decisive victory over Manuel Calvo and successfully defended it in a rematch before facing the legendary Jose Legra. His final EBU victory came in 1971 when he claimed the super featherweight title with a points win over Lotha.

In a noteworthy debut, Danish amateur standout Nikki Moeller Nielsen will transition to the professional circuit on May 25 at Copenhagen’s Royal Arena, competing in the super middleweight division. Joining him on the card are siblings Ali and Hamza Hussein, boasting impressive records in their respective weight classes, alongside undefeated heavyweight Mathias Hansen.

Headlining the event, Dina Thorslund is set to defend her WBC and WBO titles against Seren Cetin.

However, German heavyweight Tom Schwarz (29-1) has withdrawn from his upcoming bout against Argentinian Marcos Antonio Aumada (25-13) scheduled for May 4 in Leverkusen, with no specified reason provided. Promoter Bekim Hoxhaj of No Limit Boxing has swiftly arranged for Hassan El Chade (5-0) to step in as Schwarz’s replacement. In a co-feature, Elif Nur Turhan (7-0) will face Iara Altamirano (9-1-1) for the WBA Gold title at super featherweight.

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In other news, Finnish cruiserweight Samuli Karkkainen (18-2) is slated to return to the ring on June 1 in Jarvenpaa following his controversial loss to Kevin Melhus in November. Karkkainen, who has been training as a sparring partner for Arsen Goulamirian, awaits the announcement of his opponent. The co-feature of the event will witness heavyweights Mika Mielonen (8-1) and Gunnar Kolbeinn Kristinsson (14-0) battling for the vacant Baltic Boxing Union title.

Lastly, Husein Cinkara secured an IBF eliminator victory at cruiserweight by stopping Armend Xhoxhaj on April 27 in Nuremberg.

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