By Per Ake Persson
Albertslund, Denmark - Middleweight Patrick Nielsen (23-1) won a safety first unanimous decision over Pole Lukasz Wawrzyczek (20-4-2) after ten rounds of boxing with not much drama. This was the mainevent for the local fans and while they cheered for Patrick there wasn´t much action. It wasn´t until the fifth that Nielsen scored with a hard southpaw left - and that was the first power punch of the fight. Wawryczek landed with a good right in the sixth but had problems getting to his opponent and Nielsen seemed content to box his way to a clear win. It was scored 98-93, 100-90 and 99-91.
Swedish light heavyweight Erik Skoglund moved to 22-0 with a clear win over the still strong former world champion Glen "Roadwarrior" Johnson. It was scored 97-93 twice and 98-92 . While Johnson was still strong he´s far from what he once was and Skoglund exposed that. Johnson was out fast though and scored with hard left hooks to the head and body and the Swede looked troubled but from the fourth round onwards he controlled the action boxing well on the outside while Johnson began to look his age. In the final round Johnson came on a bit again but Skoglund probably knew the fight was in the bag and smothered Johnson rather than punch with him.
Cruiserweight Micki Nielsen (16-0) won a unanimous decision over capable but somewhat faded Venezuelan Gusmyr Perdomo (21-5) in a surprisingly one-sided fight in an all-southpaw matchup. It was scored 99-91 and 100-90 twice. Nielsen was much stronger than Perdomo and forced the action in nine of the ten rounds winning clearly. Perdomo was never hurt or in trouble but could never trouble the Dane, who looked somewhat soft but showed good power and stamina. Nielsen was too eager to land the finisher and that may have saved Gusmyr.
Perdomo was in his days as a supermiddle based in Germany and was an awkward, dangerous stiff puncher but as a cruiser he´s not strong enough.
Danish lightweight Rashid "the Dream" Kassem (6-0) outscored Georgian veteran survivor Kakhaber Avetisian (36-27-1) over six. Kassem won on scores of 60-54 on all cards but could well have a point deducted for his wrestling and pushing against an opponent who came to last the distance and did what he had to do to do so.
The Golden Boy, Swedish light heavyweight Oscar Ahlin (11-0) had to work hard for his win over teak tough Argentinian Pablo Sosa (a deceiving 3-4-3) but won on points after eight rounds. Sosa came on strong in some rounds and exposed Ahlin´s sloppy defence. But the Swede had the heavier punch and forced Sosa to retreat and won clearly. Ahlin is a natural in the ring but this fight showed there are things to work on, It was scored 80-72 twice and 79-73. I had it 78-74.
Swedish super lightweight Anthony "Can You Dig It" Ygit (11-0-1) returned to action and stopped outgunned Italian Gianluca Ceglia (11-3) in the seventh of a scheduled eight-rounder. Ceglia fought with a badly swollen right eye from the third round onwards and by the sixth it was shut. The fight was stopped two seconds into the seventh after a timeout and an inspection by the ringside physician. Yigit, now based in Spain and trained by his former amateur coach Vassili Boguslavski, won every round showing good variety in his punches even if the power is missing.
Cruiserweight Noel Gevor moved to 15-0 with a fifth round stoppage of Hungarian Tamas Polster (17-8-1.) Polster soaked up a beating in every round but Gevor couldn´t find the finisher. The Hungarian was under heavy pressure in the fourth and took a knee. In the fifth Polster took a beating in his own corner when referee Soren Saugmann called it off at 2.51.
Sauerland Promotion´s show at the Musikteatret in Albertslund (Denmark) opened with a lightweight fight scheduled for ten rounds between Ghanian puncher Richard Commey (19-0) and Frenchman Samir Ziani (17-2-1). It was a very good fight fought at a fast pace with Ziani, a southpaw and the smaller man, relentless in his pressure. Commey fought off the ropes and scored with solid right uppercuts to the body but couldn´t keep Ziani away, tired and got under pressure.
The judges had it 96-94 twice and 97-93 for Commey but I felt Ziani nicked it by 96-94. Ziani was the one who made the fight, kept coming while Commey held too much. It was a tough fight all the way until the final bell.