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Ermis vs. Sa For WBF World Middleweight Title

Posted on January 31 2012                                              Bookmark and Share
By: Clive Baum           


Things doesn’t always go as planned, don’t judge a book by its cover, and it’s not about how you start but how you finish. The world is full of sayings and clichés, and several of them can be attached to the up-coming World Boxing Federation Middleweight World title fight on February 11 in Hamburg, Germany.  

Cagri Ermis (12-10-2, 4 KOs) was originally scheduled to challenge now former WBF World Champion Karama Nyilawila last December. First the show was postponed when Ermis suffered an injury, and later Nyilawila, overdue a defense, decided not to honor his contract and instead take a non-title fight in Tanzania. The title was declared vacant, and Ermis will now take on Portugal’s Vitor Sa (26-6, 5 KOs) for the championship.

Currently managed by former European Champion Oktay Urkal, it’s fair to say that 28-year-old Ermis had an up-and-down beginning to his pro career, going 3-7-2 in his first twelve outings.

But fighting very stern opposition “on the road”, he learned his craft and always went the distance while putting up good fights against class acts such as Vilmos Balog (13-0), Ante Bilic (19-2) and Predrag Radosevic (17-0).

Things started to change for the better in 2009. After losing to Radosevic in Montenegro, Ermis scored three consecutive victories before dropping another decision, this time to Danish-Lebanese contender Ahmed Kaddour in Denmark. He quickly returned to winning ways by beating countrymen Piotr Gasparov and Baker Barakat, the latter for a minor regional title.

In March 2010 Ermis had his biggest fight so far when he travelled to France for a clash with future WBA World Champion Hassan N´Dam N´Jikam, 22-0 at the time. Ermis lost, but again put up a spirited performance and gained invaluable experience that will no doubt come in handy against Vitor Sa.

Ermis has won his last four bouts, one of them against then 11-0 Rafael Bejeran. Bejeran is now the WBO European Middleweight Champion, and has not lost since, so it is obvious that Ermis is much better than his modest record suggests.

Like Ermis, Vitor Sa has mixed with some of the best middleweights Europe has to offer, and, besides three losses in learning-fights early in his career, only they have been able to beat the now 38-year-old Portuguese. Each time it was in his opponent’s back-yard, so Sa is no stranger to going abroad for big fights:

His last three setbacks were in title fights to former world champion Kreshnik Qato in Albania, former world title-challenger Gennady Martirosyan in Russia, and the top-class Denis Saioni in France. Coming off two victories, Sa will argue that he has faced better opponents than Ermis, and the German will be full of confidence that his career will continue in the upward spiral he has found himself in the last few years.

The Cagri Ermis vs. Vitor Sa World Boxing Federation World Middleweight title fight will be promoted by Erol Ceylan and his EC Boxpromotion at the Braamkamp 1 arena in Hamburg, and will go out live to millions of viewers across Europe on Eurosport.

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