By Marco Bratusch
European jr lightweight champion Guillame Frénoise (43-1, 10 KO) is due to put his title at stake on next June 24th at La Salamandre in Port St. Maxence, near Paris, France, against experienced Ruddy Encarnacion (37-23-4, 18 KOs). The Spanish challenger replaces Frénoise’s mandatory challenger Juli Giner who suffered a hand injury during his training routine early last week. Curiously, the veteran Encarnacion sustained two fights against Giner exactly, getting a draw and a victory on points from his part in 2014.
The feature bout tops an Asloum Events card televised by SFR Sport which includes a fight for the vacant WBC Silver lightweight belt between Yvan Mendy (37-4-1, 18 KOs) and young Argentinian Javier Clavero (21-2, 5 KOs), Karim Achour (23-4-3, 4 KOs)’s challenge for the French middleweight title held by Kamel Abdesselam (16-10-1, 5 KOs), and 2016 Olympic bronze medal light heavyweight Mathieu Bauderlique (12-0, 6 KOs) vs. Italian naturalized Dragan Lepei (10-1-2, 6 KOs) over 8 rounds.
Undefeated Turkish brawler Avni Yildirim (16-0, 10 KOs) has been designated as the new mandatory challenger for European champion Hadillah Mohoumadi (22-4-1, 16 KOs). However, the French titlist will have to take on tough countryman Christophe Rebrassé before as voluntary defense of his belt. The EBU Board will call for the negotiation period shortly after such contest, which appears to be a close and interesting one.
European Union (EU) jr middleweight champion Zakaria Attou (25-6-2, 7 KOs) is already scheduled to fight in a voluntary defense of his title at the end of the summer, likely in late September or early October in Calais, France, according to his promoter Europrom. His opponent might be Joffrey Jacob (15-0-1, 2 KOs), of the same stable. In the meanwhile, Attou’s official challenger Lenny Bottai (26-3, 10 KOs) will fight on next Friday in Livorno, Italy, against Jean Michel Hamilcaro for the vacant IBF Mediterranean belt (Benny Decross to referee the clash). The landscape of the super welterweight class might change slightly in the following months, or even weeks, as European champion Cedric Vitu – who is now IBF mandatory challenger as well – will make a decision soon whether to defend his European belt or vacate it, considering that IBF titlist Jarrett Hurd will take on Austin ‘No Doubt’ Trout as voluntary defense on June 29th at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.
29-year-old Jean Pierre Bauwens (42-3-2, 24 KOs), from Ghent, Belgium, is the new official challenger for European Union (EU) titlist Marvin Petit (21-1-1, 10 KOs), who gained the vacant belt via unanimous decision two weeks ago with a solid performance in front of former undefeated Spaniard Jerobe Santana in Paris, France. Bauwens, who has never been stopped in his career and provided a hard fight to Manuel Lancia two years ago in Italy might be a credible pretender for Petit’s crown.
Gangly Italian Jr welterweight Andrea Scarpa (21-3, 10 KOs) and Belgian Steve Jamoye (22-3-1, 4 KOs) have been nominated co-challengers for the vacant European Union (EU) 140lb title. Their handlers to work on the negotiation window until July 4th to reach a deal. However, both boxers already have scheduled fights. Scarpa is expected to compete on next Saturday at Casinò Saint Vincent in a six-rounder, in an OPI Since 82 card. Jamoye is supposed to face Scottish Jason Easton for an IBO regional belt on the undercard of the Josh Taylor vs. Ohara Davies prospect crossroad on July 8th in Glasgow, Scotland.