Igor Mikhalkin and Hakim Chioui weigh-in for EBU title bout (photo)

Tonight in Hamburg, Russian Igor Mikhalkin (29) steps into the ring to defend his European title (EBU) against Frenchman Hakim Chioui (28).

At yesterday’s weigh-in, the champion scaled 79.2 kg, whilst the challenger was 700 grams lighter.

“We have been very well received in France,” said Mikhalkin’s promoter Erol Ceylan (EC-Boxing). “In our team, there is no doubt about the victory of the European Championship. Even the team in the opposite corner would be sure about Igor’s fight. “

With a possible away win, the Russian will move to 15 wins.