By Alexey Sukachev
Maribor, Sloveni - Dejan Zavec, also known as Jan Zaveck outside of Slovenia, and the only Slovenian fighter to grab a major world title in the paid ranks, looked disorganized and aging (he is 36 years old) against tough Namibian trickster Bethuel Ushona - but it didn't matter at the end how rusty he was, as the judges, seemingly some men from the outer space, didn't praise Ushona's effort at all by issuing highly controversial scores against the African fighter: 117-109, 117-111 and 118-110 - for Dejan Zaveck.
WBO #5 Bethuel Ushona, a former WBO African beltholder, whose only loss came via a close decision in England against Denton Vassel, is nicknamed Tyson. He surely couldn't punch anywhere near the level of Iron Mike, but Ushona proved he indeed had some talent, at least enough talent to give fits to the former IBF welterweight champion. He moved around the Slovenian, 36, who was slow on his feet and a bit lost in Ushona's awkward style of boxing.
Zaveck relied more on his power, and it helped him to an extent, especially in the closing rounds of the fight but otherwise the Namibian looked slightly superior to his opponent, and the fight was close and competitive all way through.
Referee Ingo Barrabas did a poor job of warning Ushona and deducting two points from his for lifting his head rather low - those deductions were rather suspicious. BoxingScene, meanwhile, saw the fight even 113-113, which means the Namibian would have come out as the winner on the BScene's fight card if the ref wouldn't have deducted those points.
Ushona is now 25-2-1, 8 KOs. IBF #7 and WBO #10 "Mr. Simpaticus" Zaveck (32-2, 18 KOs), who was stopped on cuts by Andre Berto in his most recent fight, added the vacant WBO I/C strap to his list of honours.
WBO #10 and IBF #12 Slovenian Denis Simcic (28-1, 14 KOs) acquired the vacant WBO European light heavyweight title to solidify his WBO credentials after a hard-fought and close twelve-round decision over Albanian Fatjon Murati (13-2-2, 3 KOs). Scores were: 116-111, 117-110 and 117-110 - for the Slovenian, who is still to score a win over a continental-class opponent, let alone a world-class counterpart.