Weigh-in for triple title bill from Germany
The weigh-in for tomorrow's big show at the Color Line Arena in Hamburg was staged Friday afternoon at the very crowded Movenpick restuarant in the Hanse-Viertel shopping center. It was not the best place for this kind of event as few could see much. Still, WBA lightheavy champ Fabrize Tiozzo, 174.25, looked as tough and ready as ever. "He's in the shape of his life," stated promoter Michel Acaries. "Better than ever before!"
The same was said of Dariusz "Tiger" Michalczewski, who appeared to be enjoying being back in the limelight. He came in at 175 and appeared to be in top shape.
As for entrance music, Survivor is on hand to perform "Eye of the Tiger" live when "Tiger" Michalczewski enters the ring while Tiozzo comes into a tune by German hardrocker Rammstein.
WBO 175 lb ruler Zsolt Erdei came in at 172.75 lbs while his challenger, tough Argentinian Hugo Garay scaled 175.
Mexican Julio Zarate was announced as WBA champ at bantam and did indeed hold the interim title when Dane Johnny Bredahl retired. He scaled 118 sharp and headed straight for the restaurant for liquid and vegetables after stepping down from the scale. Challenger Wladimir Sidorenko said hi to his friends at ringside before coming in at 117 lbs and then left with his stablemate Andreas Kotelnik and trainer Michael Timm.
Meanwhile Universum's German rival Sauerland Event announced that the Stadthalle in Zwickau now is sold out for the March 12 Beyer v Green WBC 168 lb showdown.
There will be three other titlefights in the chief supports. At heavyweight big Timo Hoffmann takes on Australian Bob Mirovic for the vacant IBF I/C title, Sebastian Sylvester defends his IBF I/C 160 belt against Frenchman Christophe Tendil while EU lightheavy ruler Elvis Michalenko square off against German Kai Kurzawa.