February 24, 2000
WBC Cruiserweight Championship:
Juan Carlos Gomez vs. Joseph Siluvangi
WBO Middleweight Championship:
Armand Krajnc vs. Jonathan Corn
Lübeck, March 11, 2000
Lübeck - February 24, 2000. In a transcontinental double header Cuban Juan Carlos Gomez and Swede Armand Krajnc will defend their world titles on March 11 at Hansehalle Lübeck. The two champions and their two challengers are associated with six different countries on three different continents.
The Hamburg based Cuban Gomez, 29-0 (24 KOs), will make the seventh defense of his title that he won in February of 1998 against Argentina's Marcelo Dominguez. The undefeated 26-year-old southpaw will face Frenchman Joseph Siluvangi. The 30-year-old Siluvangi, 23-1-1 (9 KOs), who was born in Kinshasa, Zaire was originally scheduled to challenge Dariusz Michalczewski for the German's WBO light heavyweight title in December. However, Michalzewski had to call off because of a sickness. As "The Tiger" is now busy fighting arch rival Graciano Rocchigiani in April Universum Box-Promotion offered Siluvangi a title shot at Gomez instead.
At light heavyweight Siluvangi was ranked #8 in the independent world boxing rankings. At cruiserweight the African born Frenchman is #5 of the WBC. In his single career loss Siluvangi dropped a decision to European champion Crawford Ashley.
"It's my dream to defeat Gomez and then make an all French unification fight against Fabrice Tiozzo in Paris", Siluvangi said.
Sweden´s Armand Krajnc, 21-0 (14 KOs), who like Gomez lives and trains in his adopted home of Hamburg will make the first defense of his middleweight laurels. In a highly exciting fight Krajnc has captured the WBO title in November when he upset British power puncher Jason Matthews.
Krajnc' first defense will be against American Jonathan Corn, 29-2-1 (13 KOs). The 26-year-old Corn, a native of Shawano, Wisconsin, will fight for a world title for the first time. In his two losses he dropped decisions over 12 rounds. Corn is ranked #10 by the World Boxing Organization.