MTK Global announced on Monday that it will co-promote Lolenga Mock in his IBA world title fight in Denmark in association with The Colosseum.
Mock (42-16-1, 13KOs) takes on Mateo Damian Veron (28-23-3,8 KOs) in his hometown of Aarhus on May 18 on a show that will see MTK Global working in conjunction with local promoter Mohammad F. Tehrani and his company. Mock will be fighting for the vacant IBA title belt against Veron who he lost to by majority decision back in January. In his career, Mock has been boxing since 1991 and would be known by most modern fans for his bout against IBF contender Avni Yıldırım last September where he lost by majority decision. Veron defeated Mock in January but is coming off 2 straight losses and has lost 4 of his last 5 contests.
MTK Global President Bob Yalen said in a press release: “We are hugely proud to be branching into Scandinavian territory for the first time and relish this initial venture with Mohammad F. Tehrani and The Colosseum.
“We are also immensely honored to work with someone of Lolenga’s stature – not just in boxing terms but in human terms – so it’s fitting we head into this with him fighting on the bill.
“As much as this could be a fond farewell from Danish boxing fans to one of its heroes, it’s also very much a ‘hello’ from us to Denmark and the whole of Scandinavia.
“As we look to establish ourselves in the region more firmly, our message to Scandinavian fighters is simple and transparent: We are here to help build your individual careers and boxing in your continent as a whole.”
Tehrani stated in the press release: “It’s an honour for me to cooperate with such a huge worldwide promotion and management group as MTK Global. Together, I think we can make great shows and events in Denmark.
“If we take good care of the young boxers who are the future of our sport, and with the right resources and promotion, I believe boxing can regain the popularity it had during its peak in Denmark.
“With regards to Mock, he is a role model for not only young boxers in Denmark, but around the world. He lives the life of a clean athlete, and with that sets a great example for kids and young people who want to become boxers.”
Scandinavia has enjoyed success in the boxing scene both historically and since the turn of the millennium.
Swedish heavyweight Ingemar Johansson famously knocked down Floyd Patterson seven times on his way to the world title in 1959 and more recently, Denmark’s Mikkel Kessler and Sweden’s Badou Jack have also claimed world titles.