Re: Hungarian boxing
Kovacs joins Fight Production!
IBO world champ signs new contract
The meeting was held on neutral ground in Austria, so as not to alert anyone in the boxing scene, but it was all it took to convince the parties of each other – and thus top-rated IBO ‘world’ superwelterweight champion Attila ‘The Viper’ Kovacs, 21-1 (14 KO’s), put pen to paper, in this case on a multi-year managerial agreement with German manager Olaf Schroeder’s company Fight Production. The 33-year-old Hungarian favourite becomes the latest star addition for the German boxing stable, which has fighters from a variety of European countries on its books. Kovacs, from the city of Györ, began his professional campaign in 2002 with an abroad win in Macedonia. He suffered his only defeat, on points over six, in his third pro fight, when brought into the opponent’s corner against 11-2 Frenchman Francois Bastient. But Kovacs persisted despite the early hardships, never again to this day losing in the ring. That earned him a contract in 2004 with Hungary’s at that time biggest promoter Felix Racz and the two never looked back in their relationship. The ‘Viper’ Kovacs spat poison towards every opponent and along the way collected the IBF (interim version) and WBA Intercontinental titles, EBA European and finally the IBO ‘world’ crown. A seven-round thrashing of formerly world-class Frenchman and murderous puncher Mamadou Thiam in 2005 stands out among Kovacs’ impressive ledger.
However, Attila’s career somewhat slowed down when promoter Felix Racz retired from boxing at the end of 2006. Fighting just twice this year, he stopped Ruben Francisco Silva Diaz, of Uruguay, and Robert Frazier in his first IBO defence.
Now Kovacs has decided to try to jump start again his buzzing career with manager Olaf Schroeder, who not by chance was a close associate of Racz since 1992 and is certainly happy with his latest signing: “I am very excited to work with Attila, this is a big challenge for Fight Production and we look forward to a great ride. Attila belongs to the 15 best superwelterweights in the world and we will be shooting for the stars!”