ALEKSEEV STRIPPED OF EUROPEAN CRUISERWEIGHT TITLE; MASTERNAK-HAPPOJA TO FILL VACANCY
Press Release: Mateusz Masternak (28-0, 21 KOs) will now get the chance prove himself on the world stage when he fights for the vacant European cruiserweight title on December 15th in Nuremberg, Germany. However, it will not be Alexander Alekseev standing in the way of the 25-year-old Pole because the EBU has stripped Alekseev of his championship due to vague medical records. Therefore, the man from Wroclaw, Poland will step into the ring with Juho Haapoja (18-2-1, 11 KOs) from Finland to fight it out for the vacant title. "We are happy to announce that we have added another title fight to our event in Nuremberg," said promoter Nisse Sauerland. "Unfortunately, Mateusz Masternak won't get the chance to take the belt of Alexander Alekseev as he does not hold it anymore. However, we found a good replacement in Juho Haapoja."
Masternak, trained by Andrzej Gmitruk, cannot wait to make the best out of this title opportunity. "At the moment, I feel as if my career is on the fast lane. Before the last fight on September 15th my wife Daria gave birth to a baby boy. Then I was able to beat David Quinonero by TKO in Germany. Now I get the chance to win this well-respected title. Winning a title before the end of the year would be the icing on the cake." Regarding to former European champion Alekseev, Masternak did not stuck for an answer. "I was originally disappointed that Alekseev was not available. He seems to be a little confused as on the one hand, he is not fit to fight me but on the other hand, he is calling out the current world champions. Maybe next year he will take up the challenge and enter the ring with me." Asked about his ring-rival on December 15th, Masternak said that he and Haapoja will make up for an exciting fight. "Our styles match up really well. He comes straightforward and can take a punch. I'm also not one to take a step back.
The main event on the December 15th show will see the first defense of WBO 168-pound titlist Arthur Abraham (35-3, 27
KOs) who takes on Mehdi Bouadla (26-4, 11 KOs) from France. In Finland, the fight can be watched on MTV-3. Tickets can be purchased at www.eventim.de.