By Alexey Sukachev
In a battle for the vacant "regular" WBA light heavyweight title, Juergen Braehmer (42-2, 31KOs) once again became a champion with a twelve round unanimous decision over previously undefeated Marcus Oliveira (25-1-1, 20KOs). The scores were 115-112, 117-110 and 117-110.
The far more experienced Braehmer outboxed Oliveira for most of the fight, scored a knockdown with a bodyshot in the tenth and punished Oliveira in the eleventh. During the twelfth, Oliveira finally caught Braehmer with some hard shots, but he was unable to close the show as the veteran was able to weather the storm.
WBA #11 super welterweight Jack Culcay-Keth (16-1, 10 KOs) still struggles to achieve something comparable to his 2009 WC win in Milano, Italy, while competing as a pro. This time Culcay-Keth, who was fighting for the first time since his 1-1 rivalry with Guido Nicolas Pitto, defeated feather-fisted but naturally gifted Frenchman Dieudonne Belinga (11-4) over twelve rounds to retain his WBA I/C light middleweight title. Scores were: 116-111, 118-111 and 118-109 - for Keth.
The German started promptly against his unheralded opponent. The Golden Jack was indeed faster than well-built but plodding Frenchman. Making it worse for Belinga was the fact, he was unable to land powerful punches, limiting him to snappy but not that energetic blows. He tried tirelessly though, giving his best to give Keth problems. The German prodigy, on the other hand, disappointed being unable to blow out a very limited opponent. At the end of the fight, Culcay-Keth faded due to considerable fatigue, but so did Belinga, making it an even fight at the end.
Waiting for his recently earned shot at the world heavyweight crown, number one Bulgarian contender Kubrat "Cobra" Pulev (19-0, 10 KOs) refined his skills and stayed active with an entertaining fourth-round TKO over determined American journeyman Joey "Minnesota Ice" Abell (29-7, 28 KOs).
IBF #1 and WBO #11 rated heavyweight looked rusty in the opening stanza, being hit from time-to-time by a heavy-handed but fragile American. Abell was able to stick in his counter right hand to trouble Pulev, but the latter retained his composure and stayed calm. Pulev boxed better in the second, and he began to find soft spots in Abell's defense. In the third, Cobra was already in full control of the action. Pulev mounted his hard jab and started to beat the American import to the punch. Later on, Pulev landed a hard right hand to the solar plexus of Abell and forced him to take a knee.
The fourth round proved to be both wild, thrilling and... the last one. Firstly, Abell connected with a counter left hand to the unbalanced Bulgarian, and down went Pulev. He showed cockiness in jumping back immediately, smiling and staying on one foot while referee was issuing a count of eight. Immediately after that Pulev got back to work and put Abell down three time more - all three times after various body punches. Abell looked like a spent bullet after the last knockdown but it was during the break between rounds four and five, when referee Charlie Fitch has called the fight off. Pulev retained his IBF International title in the process.
Former German Olympian Enrico Koelling continued his steady and measured but very unspectacular rise in ranks with a close unanimous decision over Thomas Adamek (20-10-2, 7 KOs) in eight rounds. By the way Thomas Adamek shouldn't be confused with a well-known two-time world champion. This Adamek, unlike his Polish namesake, represents Czech Republic. He did show pride and desire to defeat Koelling but he was just not consistent enough to accomplish this task. The German was boxing well and aggressive enough but once again showd very little pop in his gloves. No scores were announced, and BoxingScene had it 78-74 - for Koelling, who is now 11-0, with 3 KOs, and 8-0, 3 KOs, this year.
Edmund Gerber and Dustin Dirks both has recently retired from the fight game, following very disappointing results in their recent contests. At least, Dominik Britsch, 26, a formerly world-ranked middleweight and super middleweight contender, has a chance to quit boxing on a high note - if he wishes too, of course. The German has scored a highly controversial split decision over late sub Soufiene Ouerghi (5-3, 3 KOs) over eight rounds.
Don't be confused though. Britsch, who had a catastrophic year in 2012, was on the brink of another meltdown in the first, when he was knocked down twice after hard right hands by the Tunisan. Britsch was on very wobbly legs but somehow lasted till the end of the round. It didn't get any better in the second round, and Ouerghi continued to look better in the third. It wasn't until the fourth, when Britsch began to use his boxing skills against a far less experienced opponent. Both boxers traded punches numerous times before the final belt, and Ouerghi didn't look a beaten fighter after it. Scores weren't announced - but BoxingScene had it 76-74 - for the African import. Britsch, meanwhile, is 28-1-1, with 9 KOs, now but has lots to think about after this poor effort.
Rising super middleweight prospect Tyron Zeuge moved up to 11-0, with 6 KOs, with a dominant fifth-round TKO over tough Italian veteran Alessio Furlan (27-18-5, 9 KOs).
Zeuge, 21, was better than Furlan, moved well around the ring and landed hard, sharp punches to the body and head of the Italian. Furlan, 37, has never stopped trying but his movement forward resulted in severely taken punishment as Zeuge fired back zealously. Furlan got hit more and more, still the end came as surprize at 1:59 of the round, when referee Joerg Milke has suddenly thought enough was enough for the Italian.