Czech boxer Martina Schmoranzová is guaranteed at least a bronze medal in the European Championships. After her quarter-final win in the category up to 64 kg, the Czech is guaranteed at least a third place. Her next fight takes places on Tuesday against Russia’s Alexandra Ordinova with the winner booking a place in the final. Schmoranzová has already equalled her best performance in the European Championships in 2006 and 2011 when she was also placed third.
Czech boxing champion Lukáš Konečný has retired following his defeat by Peter Quillin of the US, in the WBO middleweight title fight. The 35-year-old Czech boxer, who in 2012 held the interim title of WBO light middleweight champion, told the news website lidovky.cz on Sunday that Quillin was better but he thought the fight was a decent end to his professional career. He now only plans to appear at exhibitions but said he would like to be involved in professional boxing in the future as well.
In the Sports News this Monday: Maslák sets new Czech record in the 200m; Kreuziger is fourth in Tour de France after stage 15; league winners Plzeň lose to cup holders Jablonec in soccer’s Super Cup; boxer Konečný defends WBO European title; Hlaváčková and Hradecká score their first doubles success since Olympics; and rower Synek tops podium in Lucerne.
In Sports News: boxer Lukáš Konečný returns to Prague bloodied but unbowed following loss in title fight; Lev hockey forward Voráček suffers knee injury putting him out of action for a month; in hockey, Zlín slip into second spot in the standings; and short-tempered Řepka, who plays for football club České Budějovice, sees red.
A Brno regional court will hear on Wednesday the case of three-time national boxing champion and member of the Olympic team Ľudovít Plachetka, who is accused of raping his girlfriend’s 20-year-old sister. The boxer, who had already served a prison sentence for manslaughter, may face up to 12 years in prison. The verdict is expected on Friday.
Czech boxer Lukáš Konečný, who was due to face light-middleweight champion Sergei Dzinziruk for the world title on September 30th, has expressed the hope the World Boxing Organisation will vacate the belt after Dzinziruk pulled out of the match at the last minute. The Germany-based Ukrainian fighter cited injury as the reason for calling off the bout. According to some sources if Dzinziruk is stripped of the title, Konečný - the European title holder – could now fight interim champion Zaurbek Baysangurov, a match that could take place by the end of the year.
Czech boxer Lukáš Konečný will face reigning WBO Jr. Middleweight champion Sergiy Dzinziruk of Ukraine in the WBO title fight to be held in the Czech Republic in September. The date of September 30 was revealed by the World Boxing Organisation’s president, Francisco Valcarcel, but the location of the match has not yet been disclosed. Candidate cities reportedly included the capital Prague, Ústí nad Labem, and Karlovy Vary, but the Czech news agency, ČTK, says it has information the three cities are no longer in the running. Konečný has welcomed the decision regarding the date but will have to shed 12 kilos ahead of the match, both through training and a special diet. The Czech fighter has won 47 out of 50 professional matches.
The former US boxer Mike Tyson is after all going to come to Prague. A visit by Tyson planned for October was cancelled at the very last moment after a Swiss promoter failed to sell enough high-priced tickets for events attended by the former world heavyweight champion. Now promoters Ladislav Kutil and Pavol Mucha say they will bring the 44-year-old to the Czech capital for two days in March.
The foremost Czech contemporary boxer Lukáš Konečný is set to defend his European title in front of home fans in Prague next month, it was announced on Wednesday. The 32-year-old will face the Armenian fighter Hamlet Petrosyan on December 3 in a voluntary defence, with a compulsory bout against England’s Ryan Rhodes to take place next year. Konečný became the first Czech professional boxer to win a European title when he took the light middleweight crown from the British boxer Matthew Hall in September.