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Ribchev Defends Middleweight Title Against Silva Diaz

 
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August 18, 2011 / BY UBO PRESS OFFICER

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Universal Boxing Organization™ International Middleweight Champion Alexey Ribchev of Bulgaria will make the first defense of his title on September 10 at Dunav Hall in hometown Rousse, when he takes on experienced challenger Ruben Silva Diaz from Uruguay.

 

 

Ribchev (10-3-1, 3 KOs) won the UBO title at the same venue this past February when he unanimously outscored Latvian Jurijs Boreiko over then heated rounds. This will be the first time that a professional boxer from outside continental Europe fights in Rousse, and the fight is creating a lot of excitement in the area.
 


Silva Diaz (37-21-4, 20 KOs) is a former Uruguayan and WBA Fedelatin Champion, and twice fought for world titles. In 2004 he drew with Chad Bennet in Australia for the WBF Welterweight title, and in 2007 he lost on points to Hamza Issa in Cameroon for that same crown.
 


The 34-year-old Uruguayan has shared a ring with former or future world champions such as Lovemore Ndou (IBF), Shannan Taylor (WBF), Attila Kovacs (IBO), and Sebastian Zbik (WBC). In his last bout he lost a ten round decision to former WBC World Light Middleweight Champion Carlos Manuel Baldomir in Argentina.


Although Ribchev’s level of experiences doesn’t compare to that of Silva Diaz, he is not exactly a rookie himself. Ribchev won the Bulgarian national title in 2010, and went eight hard rounds with former amateur World Champion Jack Culcay later that year.

UBO International Middleweight Champion Alexey Ribchev!

 
 

Last December Ribchev went to Switzerland to beat Blas Miguel Martinez, 13-2 at the time, before capturing the UBO title two months later. This past May he was controversially held to a draw against Ilir Mustafa in Italy, a fight that everybody except the three judges had Ribchev winning handily. Last time out Ribchev beat countryman Mitko Hristov on points in a non title fight.
 

The Alexey Ribchev vs. Ruben Silva Diaz UBO International Middleweight title fight will be promoted by Alexeev Boxing Promotions, and broadcasted on TV locally. Promoter Vasko Vasilev is also working on the possibility of streaming the fight live online.


 

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