By Per Ake Persson
Aarhus, Denmark - 45-year old super middleweight veteran Lolenga Mock is now 9-0 in his comeback and outscored 19-years younger Englishman Luke Blackledge, 23-4-2, over ten hardfought, fastpaced rounds close intense fighting between two fighters not known for neither speed or technique.
But Mock can work like few and put pressure on Blackledge, also a hard worker, from the first round on, worked him over on the outside and on the inside constantly coming forward.
Blackledge had a good round in the fourth but was overall outworked by a determined, perfectly conditioned opponent. Blackledge was shaken in the sixth but was never close to going down. It was scored 97-93, 96-94 and 98-92 all for Mock.
Light heavy Jonas Madsen, 10-0, won the vacant IBF Youth title with a unanimous decision after ten rounds against Mexican Mario Baeza, 8-4. It was the first time for both over the ten round distance and for Madsen it was in fact the first time he fought for more than 12 minutes. His lack of experience showed but he kept a fast pace jabbing and working the body. Baeza found the range though for uppercuts as Madsen tried to roll under punches and had the Dane under pressure in the sixth. In the ninth Madsen had a point deducted for protesting. Madsen came out fast in the tenth and finally hurt his opponent. Baeza was wilting under the pressure but held on with the referee slow in breaking them apart. Madsen wrestled his way out and pushed down Baeza and the fight ended with Baeza taking a count - which seemed wrong.
It was scored 95-93, 97-92 and 96-93 for Madsen who got talent and heart but again, lacks experience.
Danish heavyweight Pierre Madsen got a problem with southpaws as we saw last time out and tonight as well as a rather hopeless Georgian named Irakli Gvenetadze gave Madsen all he could handle. After three it was scored 28-28 on call cards in a poor fight but then Gvenetadze injured his arm and Madsen was declared a winner by tko 35 seconds into the fourth. Madsen was doing a little better by then and his superior strength and shape began to tell.
Swiss super middleweight Bruno Tavarez, now 10-0-1, won a hardfought split decision over Daniel Heinze, 6-2-1, after ten. It was scored 97-93 and 96-95 for Tavarez and 96-94 Heinze. Heinze was the stronger man and kept coming scoring well in the beginning but became increasingly one-dimensional as the fight progressed and the more slick and quicker Tavarez scored with light but telling punches and Heinze looked a spent force in the closing stages of the final round. Still, it was an even fight - I had Tavarez winning 96-95. The fought a technical draw last time out. For Heinze it was the third fight without a win and he needs to regroup and get more experience.
The Dancinq Queen, female featherweight Sarah Mahfoud, 3-0, outboxed former kickboxing champ Jessica Sanchez, 0-4-2, over four. It was scored 40-36 on all cards.
Cruiserweight Ditlef Rossing, 5-0, knocked out Georgian Davit Ribakoni 1.13 into the first. Rossing hurt his opponent with big hooks to the head and body and Ribakoni sank down in Rossing´s corner. Moments later a big right hand got through and Ribakoni went down again - this time in his own corner and it was called of at 1.13 and ruled a knockout. It was scheduled for six. Ribakoni came in on two days notice and didn´t appear to be in top shape but Rossing still looked sharp.
Super lightweight Enoch Poulsen, 5-0, impressed in outscoring Frenchman Houchang Habib, 7-3, over six fastpaced rounds. Poulsen forced the action with a determined attack to the body but Habib wouldn´t fall and kept trying in a good fight that was scored 60-54 on all cards-
Poulsen has a small role in the movie Den Bedste Mand (the Best Man) where he plays Philadelphia fighter Mike Everett, who knocked out then future three time EBU welter champ Jorgen Hansen 25 seconds into the very first round back in 78. In 1979 Hansen took out Dave Green in three in a big upset and that fight is what movie concentrates on. Hansen today is in his 70´s and was many years ago diagnosed with pugilistic dementia.
Featherweight Ali Mohamed, from Aarhus and back from an injury related layoff,moved to 5-0, with a six round unanimous decision over Jefferson Vargas from Ecuador but fighting out of Spain. Vargas, a misleading 5-6, was much shorter but made Mohamed, a southpaw, reach for him and scored with some good counters. However, Ali prevailed on scores of 59-55 twice and 60-54 moving quickly and scoring from long range. This was the show opener on this Brian Nielsen and Mogens Palle promotion at the Ceres Arena.