By Per Ake Persson
Ballerup, Denmark - Patrick Nielsen (24-1) made his debut at super middleweight and won the vacant WBA Int´l title with an eighth round stoppage of George "Comanche Boy" Tahdooahnippah (34-2-2). Tahdooahnippah´s corner retired their man between rounds and when the bell rang it was waved off and the official time was 0.01.
It was a one-sided fight all the way with Nielsen dominating the contest winning every round clearly. Tahdooahnippah was floored in the third after two southpaw left hooks to the body but survived the round and Nielsen seemed to lose his concentration after that and he just couldn´t find the finisher and the fight dragged on with the Comanche Boy just in it to survive it seemed.
Featherweight Dennis "the Menace" Ceylan (14-0-1) outscored still capable Russian veteran Dmitriy Kirillov (31-6-1) over ten fast-paced, good rounds of boxing. Ceylan used his reach well in the first rounds but Kirillov had good spells in the mid-rounds where he made Ceylan miss and made him pay with quick bursts of punches. After the seventh it seemed as if Kirillov, a former world champ at super flyweight, tired and Ceylan closed the fight with a strong finish. It was scored 100-90, 98-92 and 97-93. I had it 96-94 for Ceylan. Kirillov is still very good but not what he once was.
Heavyweight Otto Wallin (10-0) "stopped" totally inept, overweight Georgian David Gegeshidze (billed by boxrec as 14-8-1 but please show me the 14 men this man has beaten) 2.32 of the second in a scheduled eight-rounder. Wallin missed with his punches and Gegeshidze threw himself to the canvas and it was waved off ending a fight that should never have been made. Gegeshidze had nothing but size and reach and Wallin had difficulties with his timing and it made for a messy fight. Wallin wrestled his opponent to the canvas a few times and for every time Gegeshidze got more and more exhausted until he finally threw himself down.
Swedish super middleweight Oscar Ahlin (12-0, 10) impressed in knocking out Mexican Alvaro Gaona (14-5) at 2.34 of the first round. After a tense start with both men carefully checking each other out Ahlin floored his opponent with a right. Gaona was up and looked okay and tried to punch with Ahlin, who slipped a right and came back with a left hook that took out Gaona. It was set for eight.
Norwegian cruiserweight Kai Robin Havnaa (3-0) stopped German Patrick Linkert (4-8-1) at 2.26 of the fourth and final round. Havnaa went all out, and that means all out, to try and finish his deadtired opponent and wrestled him to the canvas three times and punched himself out in the process missing more than he was landing. Linkert was however too tired to take advantage of his wild and green opponent and it was finally called off. Havnaa´s trainer Joey Gamache has a lot of work to do with Havnaa, who appears to be a very willing student but there´s loads to learn.
Norwegian super middleweight Tim-Robin Lihaug (11-1) hurt soft looking Slavisa Simeunovic (16-11) with a left hook to the body in the second and followed up with another shot in the same region. Simeunovic went down and while he was in trouble it still came as a surprise - even to Slavisa it seemed - when the towel came and it was stopped at 2.37. It was scheduled for ten.
Danish middleweight Abdul Khattab (11-0) outclassed Georgian trialhorse Khutsishvili (37-23-5) over six. Khattab won every round clearly but could never hurt or stun his stubborn, willing but limited opponent. Khutsishvili kept coming and Khattab landed with some impressive looking punches but the Georgian took it all without even flinching. At the end it was scored 60-54 twice and 60-53 in this no knockdown affair.
Sauerland Promotion´s show at the Super Arena in Ballerup on the outskirts of Copenhagen opened with South African cruiserweight Kevin Lerena (12-1) taking on Ukrainan Igor Pylylpenko (4-20-2). Lerena, a southpaw, won a unanimous decision after six on scores of 60-53 twice and 59-54 . Pylylpenko was a live opponent in the first three but got into a survival mode in the last three. He had a point deducted in the last for losing his mouthpiece a third time.