November 24, 1999
Lübeck, November 24, 1999. Undefeated Swede Armand Krajnc will replace his stable mate Bert Schenk next Saturday on a card that will now feature three world title fights. Schenk, who had to pull out because of an injury, was stripped of his WBO middleweight title this week, after being again unable to fulfill his mandatory duties against his British number one challenger Jason Matthews.
Today the World Boxing Organization accepted Armand Krajnc, 21-0 (16 KO´s), who is also managed by Universum Box-Promotion, to step in on short notice and fight Matthews. The Brit is the owner of the WBO's interim title since he beat his countryman Ryan Rhodes earlier this year, when Bert Schenk was also unable to fight because of a different injury.
Armand Krajnc was born 26 years ago in Landskrona, Sweden. Since October of 1996 he is a professional for Universum Box-Promotion and now lives and trains in Hamburg. Krajnc, a slim 6-foot boxer-puncher, captured the International German middleweight title last year by outscoring Vedran Akrap and defended it once against Christian Jon Velea with a third round knockout in April.
Armand's fight against Jason Matthews will be his first world title shot and by far the biggest test so far in his career.