Lukas Konecny will get a second shot at Sergiy Dzizniruk in September.
A fight between WBO junior middleweight titlist Sergiy Dzinziruk and Lukas Konecny is going ahead for September 30 in the Czech Republic, giving Konecny home field advantage against a top fighter he's already tested.
Dzinziruk (37-1, 23 KO) is now promoted in the United States by Gary Shaw, but the real money for him is still in Europe. He got a chance in March against middleweight champion Sergio Martinez, but was outclassed and outfought by a superior boxer on the night.
Konecny (47-3, 22 KO) is a strong pressure fighter who gave Dzinziruk a hell of a battle back in 2008, which wound up a majority decision win for Dzinziruk in Germany. That was Konecny's last loss, and since then he has beaten a series of Euro-level fighters, and last year picked up the European belt at 154 with a win over Matthew Hall in the United Kingdom on one of Frank Warren's big shows.
As Dzinziruk hasn't defended his belt since May 2010 (and before that, November 2008 due to promotional issues with Universum), the WBO has also ordered Zaurbek Baysangurov (25-1, 19 KO) and Mike Miranda (34-3, 31 KO) to fight for an interim title, which is happening next weekend on July 30. The winners of the two fights will have to meet, and obviously the WBO is setting up Baysangurov to win since Miranda has an incredibly soft record in Brazil and doesn't actually deserve to be near title contention. It's more or less a four-man mini tournament where the two top seeds have to fight each other first, but it's fair enough as compared to a lot of things that happen in boxing, even with Miranda included.