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Thorslund Retains: Sanchez KO's Ceylan, Khattab Wins

By Per Ake PErsson

Denmark - In the headliner and final fight of a long (25 minute break between some fights) evening Dina Thorslund retained the WBO female super bantamweight title with a ten round unanimous decision over German veteran Alesia Graf, at one time one of stars in Universum Box Promotion.

It was scored 100-90 twice and 99-91 for the Danish lady, who controlled the fight throughout but was cut after an accidental clash of heads in the sixth.

There were no knockdowns. Graf made a bad start but did better as the fight progressed but was second best most of the way.

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Spanish featherweight Jesus Sanchez, 10-1, did it again and stopped Dane Dennis Ceylan, 19-3-2, this time in the fifth round of an exciting slugfest.

Sanchez came out like a man on a mission and attacked with wild swings. Ceylan tried to box on the move but was caught by a big right hand and was hurt. Sanchez went all out and appeared to punch himself out and Dennis the Menace seemed to recover.

Ceylan, a neat, technical boxer with no power, boxed well in the second with Sanchez slugging it out and missing. Sanchez kept coming but Ceylan was able to keep him off and by the fourth it looked as if Sanchez was a spent force but early in the fifth he scored with a right hook and this time Ceylan didn´t recover.

Sanchez, again went all out and this time there was no rescue. The referee appeared to have stepped between them but then Ceylan stumbled over and went down and he was out of it. The count was to "9" when he got up and Ceylan was given every chance but eventually it was stopped with the Dane protesting but hurt and unsteady. Time of the stoppage was 1.43.

For Ceylan this may be the end of the line.

Heavyweight Kem Ljungquist, 7-0, stopped Hungarian Boldizar Balazs Czagler, 2-1, 2.39 of the first. Czagler, a big man with lots of tattoos but with little knowledge of boxing, came out fast and tried to outslug the Dane but was quickly picked off by his well schooled southpaw opponent and was floored three times before it was stopped. It was scheduled for eight.

German heavyweight Albon Pervizaj, 12-0, got an easy win as he knocked out Czech Alan Banongo, 3-1, in the first of a scheduled eight-rounder. Banongo was hurt by a barrage of hooks to the head and body and went down on one knee and it was over 2.39.

Middleweight Abdul Khattab, 16-2-1 and trained by Mikkel Kessler, who also worked his corner, won a close eight round decision over Swede Oliver Flodin, 4-1.

It was close, tense, hard-fought and even all the way without highlights with Khattab just a little bit sharper in some rounds. Flodin looked like the bigger, stronger man but had problems scoring with effective punches.

There was a lot of holding and wrestling on the inside in what truly was an even matchup. It was scored 77-75 twice and a too wide 79-73 for the winner. I had it 77-75 Khattab.

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