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Imre Szello Wins Big By KO; Saludar Retains WBO World Title

By Per Ake Persson

Hungarian stars Imre Szello and Mate Kis both scored knockouts in the second round on Felix-Promotion´s recent show in Budakalasz. Szello, at cruiserweight and now 23-0, took out Germany-based Slovenian Denis Simcic, 32-4-1, and Kis, at super middleweight and 14-0-2, knocked out Tanzanian Hussein Itaba.

Cruiserweight prospect Ferenc Urban, 4-0, knocked out Archil Gigolashvili, 3-12, in the first round.

Swedish light heavy Oscar Ahlin, 17-2, stopped Georgian Beka Mukhulishvili, 6-5, in the fourth of a scheduled six-rounder.

In the main event super welter Roman Zakirov, 9-0, won on points over Mexican Daniel Vega Cota, 13-3-1, in a ten rounder with the vacant IBO International title at stake.

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IN OTHER RESULTS: Japanese challenger Masataka Taniguchi fell short in his bid for the World Boxing Organization minimumweight title on Tuesday, losing a unanimous decision to champion Vic Saludar of the Philippines.

All three judges at Tokyo's Korakuen Hall scored the fight for Saludar, who had claimed the belt with victory over Japan's Ryuya Yamanaka last July.

The 28-year-old Saludar improved to 19-3 with 10 knockouts.

"I'm very happy. Everything went to plan," Saludar said. "I knew I had to aim for the body. I never felt in danger."

Taniguchi, 25, dropped to 11-3 with 7 KOs.

The Kobe-born southpaw had beaten Filipino Joel Lino for the WBO Asia Pacific minimumweight belt in his previous outing last November.

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