Friday night’s boxing card at "digibet Pferdesportpark Berlin-Karlshorst“ promoted by ARENA Sports-Promotion and Prime Time Events & Entertainment ended in a shock. Former WIBF and WIBA lightweight championesse Rola El-Halabi was shot down by her stepfather and former manager in the dressing room while preparing for an IBF championship bout which should have been the last fight on the night.
El-Halabi and two members of the local security staff were hit and injured by bullets before police could end the shooting and arrest the assassin. The incident happened after eight of the scheduled ten fights had already been finished.
In the most notable fights of the evening WBC Silver welterweight champion Selcuk Aydin and former WBA cruiserweight champion Firat Arslan scored impressive wins after longer layoffs. Aydin annihilated previously unbeaten Dzimtry Lubachkin from Russia in one round. Arslan stopped Czech journeyman Michal Bilak in three. German heavyweight prospect Erkan Teper showed a great performance against US veteran Robert Hawkins. Teper dropped his opponent twice with accurate uppercuts en route to a unanimous decision win after six rounds.
Local heroes Jennifer Retzke and Varol Vekiloglu could also score important wins to capture international titles. Retzke won the vacant IBF female light middleweight championship by outworking Eva Halasi over ten rounds. Vekiloglu stopped Muhammed Rasuli to win the vacant IBF East-West European light heavyweight championship.
"Of course, our thoughts and prayers are with Rola at the moment", said Prime Time promoter Eva Rolle. "I sincerely hope that she will recover from this assassination attempt fast and return to the ring soon. Unfortunately, this dramatic incident overshadows the great performances in the other fights. We've seen a great night of boxing until it was ended in such a brutal way."