By Marco Bratusch
Following the decision of former European featherweight champion Dennis Ceylan to vacate his title, the European Boxing Union has approved a clash between Sergio Blanco (23-3-1, 6 KOs) and Marc Vidal (9-1-4, 4 KOs) to determine the new 126lb continental title holder.
Vidal was already the mandatory challenger for Ceylan, as his promoter Ricardo Sanchez Atocha won the respective bid last May earning the right to stage the bout against Ceylan.
So, yesterday, the EBU approved Blanco, who is currently rated in the European Union rankings, as co-challenger in order to save the Rimer Box promoted event, which will be staged on Friday, July 21st in Barcellona, Spain.
Curiously, the main event will feature two Catalunian fighters to square off for the European belt, a circumstance which has never happened before according to Spanish boxing historians. The last time two Spanish – although not Catalunian – boxers faced another for the divisional European title it happened in 1980, when long-time champion Roberto Castanon defeated southpaw Cecilio Lastra to retain his belt for the eleventh time.
Former titlist Cedric Vitu has officially vacated the European jr middleweight belt, as expected, in order to concentrate exclusively on his IBF world title shot. Vitu won the continental belt in July 2015 stopping Orlando Fiordigiglio at the end of a great fight and went on defending his belt thrice against Robert Santos, Ruban Varon and Isaac Real. In his last outing against Marcello Matano, the European belt was not at stake though, being that fight approved only as IBF eliminator for spot #1. The EBU will soon appoint the other co-challenger to be pitted against Italian Orlando Fordigiglio for the vacant 154lb title.
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