Mbenge vs Formella

Tulani Mbenge Sebastian Formella

Mbenge Formella

Neugraben, Germany

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The IBO Welterweight Title

BoxNation cameras return to Germany for a night of IBO title action on Saturday 6th July.

South African star Tulani Mbenge (15-0, 12 KOs) leaves his homeland for the first time and makes his second IBO World Welterweight Title defence against Sebastian Formella (20-0, 10 KOs) in Neugraben.

On the same card Igor Mikhalkin (22-2, 10 KOs) meets Timur Nikarkhoev (21-2, 14 KOs) for the interim IBO World Light-Heavyweight Title.

Mbenge impressed when he won the title last June after stopping former interim WBA Champion Diego Chaves in seven rounds.

In his sole defence, back in December, former IBF Lightweight king Miguel Vazquez was expected to provide stiff opposition, but retired after nine rounds.

Both Chaves and Vazquez had big reputations so travelling to Formella’s backyard holds few fears for the champion who in December was voted South Africa’s Boxer of the Year.

Formella, 32, has been boxing professionally for five years and last year captured the WBO European crown.

He last boxed in December easily outpointing experienced Namibian Betuel Ushona over 12 rounds.

Formella is ranked at number four in the ratings for their Welterweight title held by Terence Crawford. Mbenge is ranked 10 by the WBC and 15 by the IBF.


Igor Mikhalkin Timur Nikarkhoev

Mikhalkin Nikarkhoev

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The interim IBO Light-Heavyweight Title

Southpaw Mikhalkin knows he cannot afford another loss as he attempts to rebuild his career having celebrated his 34th birthday last month.

In March last year he faced Sergey Kovalev at Madison Square Garden, but was beaten inside seven rounds.

The Hamburg-based Russian, who is ranked at 14 by the WBO, hasn’t boxed since September when he defeated Bernard Donfack inside two rounds.

He is a former European Champion and other good names on his record include Thomas Oosthuizen and recent World Title challenger Doudou Ngumbu, who he has beaten three times.

Fellow Russian Nikarkhoev is based in Belgium and warmed up for this assignment last month by outpointing one-time prospect Geard Ajetovic.

The current IBO Champion awaiting the winner is Swede Sven Forling who is recovering from injury.

Mikhalkin has other options and is also mandatory contender for the EBU crown held by Dominic Boesel.