By Juhani Gronberg ringside, Per Ake Persson
Herning, Denmark - Team Sauerland leaves 2011 with a final TV 2 "Fight Night" at the MCH Congrescentre.
Hardpunching Danish super middleweight Rudy Markussen stopped Croatian-licensed Brit Steven Bendall at 0.32 of the fourth in a scheduled eight-rounder.
Markussen was fast out of the gate throwing right hand bombs but Bendall smothered his opponent well but was gradually worn down and was shaken in the second. Bendall´s nose began to leak a lot of blood and he was floored at the end of the third. Markussen was cut around the left eye and came out bombing early in the fourth. Bendall had nothing left, took a beating along the ropes and finally went down and it was stopped.
It was middleweight vs. welterweight as Dane Patrick Nielsen won the IBF Youth title with a unanimous decision over the brave but outgunned and too small German boxer Michael Schubov in the main event of the show.
Nielsen won on scores 99-90 and 100-89 twice of after ten often messy rounds of boxing with Patrick, a southpaw, keeping his opponent at bay and then holding and wrestling on the inside with Schubov, who kept trying but continued to get outboxed.
The German was down early in the ninth but it was a flash knockdown or a slip and neither of the fighters looked hurt or even stunned during the fight. Nielsen is now 12-0 but and a decent prospect but forget everything you hear about a new Mikkel Kessler. In the early days the "Viking Warrior" was nicknamed the "European De La Hoya" and that´s just how good he was.
Jr. welterweights Ryan Barrett and Kasper Bruun fought to a controversial technical draw after 2.17 of the fifth in a scheduled eight-rounder. Barrett found the range for his southpaw jab and controlled the fight except for the third when Bruun outworked him. In the fourth Barrett appeared to score a flash knockdown but it was ruled a slip.
Later in the round Barrett´s bodyshots caused the Dane to go down. Bruun looked ready to go but was saved by the bell. Kasper came out strongly in the fifth but Barrett took his time and appeared to go for the finish when in a wild exchange heads clashed and Bruun came out of it badly cut on the forehead.
The fight was stopped and British corner celebrated but the referee then deducted two points away Barrett for what apparently was ruled as an intentional headbutt.
At the end the fight was scored 47-45 Barrett, 47-45 Bruun and 46-46. BoxingScene had it 47-45 Barrett - with the points deducted but to this reporter the whole incident looked accidental.
P 3 Boxing and former EBU middleweight champ Amin Asikainen teamed up for the first ever gym show in Finland. In the main event featherweights Andreas Evensen and Sergio Prado fought to a no contest after four. Prado gave Evensen a tough fight but by the fourth the Norwegian took over and floored his opponent. Prado got up but was then knocked out of the ring and while he recovered fast he had injured his back and foot and the fight was declared a No Contest.
In other action supermiddle Niko Jokinen stopped Sergio Drob in third.
Jr. welterweight Jarko Putkonen tko´d Stanislas Leonovs in the first and Norwegian super middleweight debutant Arne Erntsen knocked out Maksims Semjonovs in the first.
Jr. middleweight Reda Zam Zam returned after four years out and knocked Aliaksei Volchan at 2.59 of the first round with a left hook to the body. It was scheduled for six. Zam Zam was rusty and eager to impress but had little in front of him as Volchan looked out of shape and not overly interested in fighting.
Former amateur star Torben Keller made his pro debut in the show opener. Keller, fighting at junior middleweight, looked good against Estonian Aleksei Tsatiasvili and scored a shutout decision after four.
Cruiserweight Micki Nielsen beat a very soft touch in Latvian Romans Mironovs, who went down twice before the towel came in to rescue him at 0.43 of the very first round.