By Alexey Sukachev
WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck (33-1, 24 KOs) retained his title with a tenth round stoppage of Hugo Garay (34-6, 18 KOs) at the Olympia Eissportzentrum in Munich, Germany. Garay went down in the tenth before the fight was waved off.
WBO #14 Garay gave a helluva battle to the bigger, stronger German champion but succumbed to his power after a beautiful combination of a right cross followed by a cracking left hook, which put Garay down and out at 1:10 of the tenth stanza. Garay, who came into this fight with an assortment of profanity, was briefly down in the first after a telling but not-so-hard right hand by the champion. He got up and gave the German fits in the second. Round three saw Huck being deducted a point by referee Luis Pabon for constantly pushing Garay with his hands in close quarters.
From that point on the battle was pretty even. The Argentinean was way busier and a bit more precise and sharp with his fast combinations but Huck took his blows well and retaliated with some leather of his own. His money punches were wild swings and short but powerful uppercuts, mixed up with some body blows. Garay had his share of success too often landing several punches in succession. Going into the tenth round, the fight was even - 86-86 - on BoxingScene's scorecard.
Top European light heavyweight (aside Nathan Cleverly and possibly Juergen Braehmer) and continental (EBU) champion Eduard Gutknecht (22-1, 9 KOs) easily retained his regalia with an overwhelming and methodical dismantling of experienced Italian tough guy Lorenzo Di Giacomo (41-5, 18 KOs). Judges' scorecards were all telling, as all three officials punished neglecting Di Giacomo for literally running out of the gas in the second part of the fight: 119-07 (twice) and 120-105 - even without any knockdowns and evident point deductions. BoxingScene gave the Italian the benefit of the doubt - 118-111 - also for the Kazakhstan-born German.
Di Giacomo started well, however, hunting unexpectedly rusty Gutknecht with well-seen (but hardly avoidable) power swings. Gutknecht started to find his mark in the third, landing a variety of huge uppercuts. The fight was rather even at the mid mark (58-57 - for the German on BoxingScene's scorecard at the apex). From that point on Di Giacomo started to fade badly and began to take one round after another as simple walkouts. Gutknecht couldn't capitalize on his opponent's weaknesses but clearly took the rest of the fight with the effective offence. The second part of the contest was also rather dirty with both fighters frequently violating the rules.
IBF #15 German middleweight stylist Domiki Britsch (24-0, 9 KOs) acquired the vacant IBF Intercontinental 160lb title with a dominant stoppage of American journeyman Ryan Davis (23-9-3, 8 KOs) in the ninth round of scheduled twelve.
The 23-year old German talent, as always, wasn't hurrying up against Davis, ten year his older. Britsch used his hard jab and superior body work to prepare the American's ground floor before going to his head. Davis tried to retaliate but his counter hooks weren't too effective against technically sound Britsch. In round nine, the German fighter increased his pressure and easily beat Davis into submission with a left hook to the body followed by a right hand. Davis got up but was waved off by referee Remigio Ruggeri.
WBO #12 and WBC #15 Bulgarian heavyweight star Kubrat Pulev (13-0, 6 KOs) continued his professional education with a hard-fought but convincing unanimous decision over rugged Ukrainian enforcer Maxim Pedyura (official record now is 13-2-1, with 11 KOs), but Pedyura also has an unregistered loss at Sofia's Bigger's Better boxing tournament in April.
Pulev did everything he could against his passive but durable rival. Pedyura rarely responded with some wild attacks of his own but otherwise wasn't very successful. In round two, Pulev landed an assortment of heavy blows to the body of the Ukrainian but he didn't give a notice. Both combatants ended the bout in attacks but former amateur star Pulev was plain better and more precise on the offensive.
Undefeated cruiserweight Mario Daser (10-0, 4 KOs) barely got past over the hardly dangerous Jermaine Bland (1-7-1, 1 KO) over six rounds with a disputed majority decision. Daser hasn't impressed by any possible means and can get huge problems while stepping up in class.
Light heavyweight prospect Robert Woge (5-0, 4 KOs) finished off another British Sam Couzens (7-5, 1 KO) at 1:26 of the fifth round. Former amateur star Woge didn't left his opponent any chances an easily beat Couzens in submission over a prolonged distance.
Feather-fisted Austrian middleweight hope Marcos Nader (11-0, 1 KO) was as methodical as always in a workmanlike unanimous decision over tough Italian Gaetano Nespro (18-8, 2 KOs). In a fight between two light-punchers, Nader was more consistent with his potent jab and presented a better technique overall by keeping durable Nespro at bay all the time. Nespro was briefly down in the beginning, but that was ruled a slip.
In the first fight of the Sauerland-promoted night of boxing at Olympia-Eissportzentrum in Munich, Germany, local cruiserweight prospect David Graf (3-0, 3 KOs) floored his overmatched British opponent Steffan Hughes (3-4, 1 KO) thrice in the first round until the bout was waved off at 2:20.