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Micki Nielsen Dominates Santos: Yigit Batters Poulsen

By Per Ake Persson

Denmark - Danish cruiserweight contender Micki Nielsen (17-0) outscored Brazilian Julio Cesar Dos Santos (27-4) to win the WBC Int´l title. After ten rounds of boxing it was scored 99-91, 100-90 and 100-91. Nielsen, a southpaw, dominated the fight from round one and scored with heavy punches especially with the left. Santos however was never hurt and appeared to read his opponent well. Nielsen can punch a bit but is also rather predictable and one-paced. As for Santos, well, he was there for the full ten rounds but did little offensively.

Swede Anthony "Can You Dig It" Yigit (12-0-1)  won the vacant WBC Baltic welterweight title with a one-sided stoppage of Dane Kim "Golden Boy" Poulsen (a inflated 26-2). Yigit, a southpaw, dominated the fight from the first round and Poulsen appear to resign himself to defeat early. Late in the fifth Poulsen went down from a left hook to the body and early in the sixth he went down again from a left hook to the body, left uppercut to the head. It was stopped as he got up 34 seconds into the round.

Super middleweight Tim-Robin Lihaug (10-1) won a split decision after eight boring rounds of boxing against Dutch southpaw Farouk Daku (18-7-1). Lihaug won most of the early rounds but could never solve Daku´s tricky, careful style of boxing. Daku in his turn appeared to be content to protect himself well and score with an occasional counter. When Farouk did punch he busted Lihaug´s nose but failed to follow up. It was scored 79-73 and 77-75 for Lihaug and 77-76 for Daku.

Cruiserweight Kai Robin Havnaa (2-0) stopped Meridijn Yuseinov (6-12-2) at 2.43 of the second. Yuseinov did all right in first but tired in the second and Havnaa broke through and scored two knockdowns before it was stopped. Havnaa is wild, green and strong and relentless in his pressure but have a long way to go.

Bulgarian veteran Alex Ribchev (19-12-1) and Danish middleweight prospect Abdul Khattab (10-0) clashed over eight rounds. Khattab won the first four but tired badly and was saved by some hometown officiating as he held and held in the remaining four to last the distance and win a close, unanimous decision. It was scored 77-75 on all cards but Khattab should have had at least one point deducted for the blatant holding he was guilty off. Ribchev, who looks like a smaller version of heavyweight Kubrat Pulev, suffered a bad cut by his right eye and kept coming and while seldom effective he made the fight.

Lightweight Rashed "the Dream" Kassem (7-0) knocked out Guyla Tallosi (5-2) at 2.06 of the second round. Tallosi was cornered in the second and went down after some hard hooks to the body and threw up during the count. He was up at "9,5" but was ruled out. Kassem dominated the first round as well.

Super middleweight Simen "the North Sea Defender"  Smaadal (9-1) took out Janos Olah (14-17-1) with a left hook to the body at 2.29 of the third of a one-sided fight. Olah soaked up a steady beating to the body and while he kept smiling and sticking his tongue out he was worn down and finally collapsed after a left hook downstairs. He was up before ten but was counted at standing.

Norwegian light heavyweight Alexander Hagen (6-1) knocked out Ivan Stupalo at 2.37 of the second. Ivan Stupalo was down twice and stayed down for ten and out the second time. It was Hagen´s fight all the way.

Ghanian Richard Commey (20-0) opened up Sauerland Promotion´s show at the Arena Nord in Frederikshavn (Denmark) by stopping brave but outclassed Georgian Mikheil Avakyan (27-19-4) at 1.49 of the fourth. Avakyan soaked up a steady beating and while he did his best to make a fight of it he appeared to have no legs under him. Prior to being floored (and stopped) he had a point deducted for holding.

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