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Braehmer-Maccarinelli Early Action: Pulev, Zeuge Win

By Alexey Sukachev & Per Ake Persson

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Size matters. Moving up two weight division for a fight for the WBO Youth super middleweight crown, Italy-based Romanian prospect Gheorghe "Jon Jon" Sabau wasn't expected to give fits to defending champion Tyron Zeuge, and he did live to these expectations, being stopped in nine one-sided rounds.

Sabau, 21, tried his best to do something to Zeuge, also 21, or at least to look competitive but he failed miserably. In the first round, Zeuge landed a huge right counter in a heated exchange to end the stanza with a knockdown in his favour. The second round was also 10-8, and Sabau was once again down right before the ending bell.

The Romanian picked himself up and did better in the next three rounds. However, he lost all of them finding nothing to prevent Zeuge from giving more punishment, although he hasn't been knocked down. Yet he was too wide, too weak with his rare counters to trouble the young German.

Things turned to the worse for Sabau in the sixth round, when he was penalized a point for hitting with his head. He went down for the third time in the seventh round, and then was once again deducted a point for a dangerous use of his head in the eighth.

Scores were 80-67 (twice) and 79-67 after the eighth, and BoxingScene also had it 80-67. Finally, Zeuge landed a major right hand to a solar plexus of Sabau, and down he went. The Romanian beat the count and showed some bravery by indicating he was ready to continue. Yet and flying towel, landing squarely on the referee's back halted the action for good at 0:37 of the ninth round. The second successful defense for Zeuge (13-0, 7 KOs), and the first professional loss for Sabau (10-1, 6 KOs).

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IBF #1 and WBO #7 heavyweight Kubrat Pulev (20-0, 11 KOs) shook off some ring rust, easily dispatching Croatian journeyman and an ultra-late sub Ivica Perkovic (20-24, 15 KOs) in three rounds. Pulev didn't do anything special, using mostly his pumping left jab to trouble Perkovic time and again, adding some power shot whenever he willed. Perkovic was in survival mode from the opening bell but wasn't in danger of being knocked out at any moment. However, he retired for good in his corner during a break between the third and the fourth rounds. Perkovic was picked as a last-minute opponent after no less than four previously scheduled Pulev's opponents failed to take part in this tune-up contest.

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WBA #9 light middleweight Jack Culcay-Keth (17-1, 10 KOs), once an amateur world champion in Milano 2009, continued to steady rise in ranks with a convincing unanimous decision over former world-title challenger Salim Larbi (19-5-2, 7 KOs). Culcay won 117-111 on all the judges' scorecards to retain his WBA I/C title.

Culcay seemed reluctant to fight in close quarters with Larbi, choosing to box with him outside, using rare spurts to punctuate his dominance. Speed was a major factor in this contest, and it was in the Golden Jack's favour. He easily avoided almost all of Larbi's
counters, pin-pointing his way to a solid victory in a majority of rounds. Larbi did his best in the second half of the fight, becoming more offensive-minded and won a couple of rounds against the lazy German but the final outcome of the fight was never in danger. BoxingScene had it 118-110 - also for Jack Culcay-Keth, who doesn't look like a world-beater based on his recent fights.

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Former German Olympian Enrico Koelling (13-0, 4 KOs) scored yet another workmanlike and hardly spectacular unanimous decision over rugged but low-skill Croatian Mirzet Bajrektarevic (8-2, 4 KOs) in an eight-rounder. Koelling was methodical and active but a weak punch will let him down in more meaningful fights, while overall despondency of his contests will result in a severe reduction of his fan base. BoxingScene saw it 79-73 - for Koelling in a forgettable fight.

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Welshman middleweight Liam Williams (9-0-1, 4 KOs) didn't disappoint his fans in the last-round stoppage of hard-nosed Spain-based Portuguese Yuri Pompilio (5-9-2, 1 KO).

Williams chose to box against lanky Pompilio, using his much superior boxing skills to keep the opponent at bay. Pompilio tried to compete in a jabbing contest but for no good. In rare offensive outbursts Williams was effective and landed cleanly. As rounds went by, he gradually turned more and more aggressive, rocking the Spaniard several times. Finally, in the eighth, he caught him with a smashing right hand and a couple of more blows, and Pompilio went down. He beat the count but was in no position to continue. Time of stoppage was 0:53.

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Formerly world-rated middleweight Dominik Britsch (28-2-1, 9 KOs) followed a recent streak of disappointing losses for Sauerland Event-promoted German fighters (also including Dustin Dirks and Edmund Gerber among others), by losing to unheralded Tunisian Soufiene Ouerghi (7-3, 4 KOs) in a heated rematch of their first (December
2013( encounter) on a majority decision.

Britsch, whose victory in their first match-up was quite controversial, relied more on his jab and boxing skills and avoided infighting at any costs. Ouerghi, on the other hand, pressed forward, firing huge, heavy shots from both hands. His punches weren't precise enough, he connected much to the hands and elbows of Britsch, but the latter just failed to match his opponent's activity with any meaningful shots of his own.

Situation turned to worse for the German in the closing rounds as he began to fade and also to wilt under Ouerghi's pressure. He ran more than actually boxed, and it was crucial for the final outcome of the contest. Two judges awarded it to Ouerghi, and one scored it a draw. BoxingScene had it 78-74 - for Ouerghi.

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Undefeated Welshman Lewis Rees (9-0-1, 5 KOs) suffered the first blemish of his short career, being held to a draw by an unheralded but very spirited Frenchman Renald Garrido (11-7-1, 2 KOs). Garrido, though shorter of the two, was also more aggressive and active, pressing Rees around the ring. His punches were mostly too wide and had little power in them and landed on Rees' shoulders and gloves. Rees was more subtle in his actions but failed in punch output. BoxingScene also scored it a draw: 76-76.

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