Rafik Harutjunjan faces Kelvin Dotel on October 12 in Amsterdam
Headlining the annual Ben Bril Memorial Boxing Gala at the Theater Carré in Amsterdam, Netherlands on Monday October 12, undefeated World Boxing Federation (WBF) World Welterweight Champion Rafik Harutjunjan will make his first title-defense against Kelvin Dotel from the Dominican Republic.
Harutjunjan, 8-0 (5), captured the vacant world title when he scored a close unanimous decision over fellow undefeated challenger Ilya Prymak at the same venue last October, in what was later voted the WBF Fight of the Year, and he has since been chomping at the bit to defend his crown.
Trained by former stand-out world Lightweight champion Artur Grigorian, Harutjunjan had preferred to return to action earlier, but has instead been hard at work in training camp and word out of his team is that he is in the shape of his life, and ready to put on a show in front of the Dutch fans.
Born in Jimani, Dominican Republic, Kelvin Dotel is now residing on Spanish holiday island Mallorca. He brings a professional record of 9-1 (4), with his only loss being on points to current Spanish national Light Welterweight champion Nicolas Gonzalez, who is currently himself a 14-0 contender.
Since the setback against Gonzalez, Dotel has rebounded well and scored three decisive victories. In his most recent outing, this past July, he won the Spanish national Welterweight crown when he stopped previously unbeaten Jorge Fortea (13-0-1) in eight rounds.
The fighting-styles of champion and challenger, and the fact that both boxers are fresh and eager to impress, almost guarantees that this encounter will be another see-saw battle which will excite and entertain the fans at ringside. No one should be fooled by the relatively few bouts on the boxers ledgers, this is a real fight!