March 14, 2000
Hamburg, March 14
"Ko-Ko" to fight McKinney-conqueror on the Klitschko-Wolfgramm undercard
Hamburg - Undefeated Hungarian featherweight sensation Istvan "Ko-Ko" Kovacs will defend his WBC international featherweight title on the undercard of Saturday's boxing event at Alsterdorfer Sporthalle in Hamburg.
The main event features European heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko taking on his Olympic rival Paea Wolfgramm from Tonga.
Istvan Kovacs, 15-0 (6 KOs), is ranked highly in all world boxing bodies: WBC #7, WBA #6 and WBO #2.
The WBO #1 ranked fighter is Steve Robinson. The Welshman who at the same time is the European featherweight champion, however, was knocked out last Saturday by Mexican Juan Carlos Ramirez. This upset result will bring some movement into the top-ranks of the World Boxing Organization. It's highly possible that "Ko-Ko" will soon be the #1 contender and thus the mandatory challenger of world champion "Prince" Naseem Hamed who just defended his title impressively last weekend against African Vuyani Bungu.
Kovacs is also the official challenger for Steve Robinson's European featherweight title. When the Welshman lost for the first time in eleven fights to Mexican Ramirez he gave up only his WBO intercontinental belt and thus he remains European champion.
On Saturday in Hamburg "Ko-Ko" will face Jorge Antonio Paredes, 17-6-4 (4 KOs), from Argentina. The 28-year-old South American scored the biggest win of his career when he outpointed former WBO and IBF jr. featherweight world champion Kennedy McKinney in his last fight in November.
Paredes is the reigning Argentine and WBO Latin American champion. He also fought twice for the South American title with the first fight being a no-decision and the second one resulting in a draw. Except for his matches against his countryman Eduardo Alvarez, against who he won twice and lost once, Paredes hasn't lost a fight in four years.
The 12 round contest on Saturday will be "Ko-Ko's" first defence of the WBC international title that he captured in May of 1999 against African Nabaloum Dramane in Budapest.