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Abraham retains IBF title!

By Karl Freitag & Alexey Sukachev
Photos: Sauerland Event

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IBF middleweight champion ‘King’ Arthur Abraham (29-0, 23 KOs) overcame a strong challenge from previously unbeaten Lajuan Simon (21-1, 12 KOs) to retain his title for the ninth time on Saturday night at the Sparkassen Arena in Kiel, Germany. After his normal start in which he blocked many punches with his peek-a-boo defense, Abraham opened up in round five landing a sustained barrage of hard shots. The champ was back in his defensive shell in round six. Big round seven for Abraham but Simon had Abraham holding on after a left hook in the eighth. Rounds nine and ten were close as Simon was busier, while Abraham landed the harder shots. Abraham had a big round eleven, landing numerous hard right hands, but round twelve was another close one. Scores were 117-110, 118-109, 117-110.
In an important heavyweight eight-rounder, former WBO world champion Lamon Brewster (35-4, 30 KOs), now ranked #11 by the WBA, scored a hard-fought unanimous decision over EBU ex-titlist Brit Michael Sprott (31-13, 16 KOs) with the scores: 78-73 (twice) and 79-73. Both fighters looked cautious in the first round but Brewster was by far more agressive. Brewster and Sprott fought on even terms for the two next rounds but at the very end of round three the American fighter missed with the right hand and immediately connected with the huge left hook sending Sprott down. The Brit boxer was able to recover well and showed guts in round four, repelling Brewster’s attacks. Sprott was a bit more active in round five. For the next three rounds Brewster tried to impose his will on Sprott but was unable to land something serious. Both pugilists stood their ground at the last minute of round eight with Brewster being a bit more consistent. Fightnews scored it 78-74 for Brewster.
Young German middleweight hope Dominik Britsch (13-0, 5 KOs) captured a vacant IBF Youth title with a workmanlike decision over Polish Daniel Urbanski (10-5-2, 3 KOs) 100-89, 99-90 and 98-91. Britsch the forced referee to start a standing eight count for his foe in round nine. Fightnews had it 99-90 for more masterful Britsch.
In a fan-friendly brawl ‘The First Lady’ Cecilia Braekhus (11-0, 2 KOs) of Norway outpointed tough-as-nails Dane challenger Vinni Skovgaard (7-1, 3 KOs) over ten heated two-minute rounds to seize vacant WBA and WBC welterweight titles. Scores were: 98-92, 96-94 and 96-94 – unanimously for Norse fighter. Braekhus used her smart technique and lateral movement to score continuously over Skovgaard who marched forward anyway and inflicted here share of damage. Fightnews scored it 98-92 for the skillful official winner.
Towering (6’11”) German heavyweight Jens Krull (6-0, 4 KOs) scored a points win against journeyman Werner Kreiscott (4-10-1, 3 KOs) over four rounds.
German middleweight prospect Thomas Troelenberg moved to solid 18-0 with 10 KOs, stopping previously undefeated Lithuanian Virgilijus Stapiulonis (15-1, 9 KOs) in the third round of scheduled eight. Stapiulonis was down after a left cross by the home fighter and was unable to continue. Time was 2:07.
20-year old cruiserweight prospect Martin Kempf (12-0, 5 KOs) scored an easy methodical eighth-round decision over fellow unbeaten Sascha Faelber (4-1-1, 1 KO). Faelber was down after a right hook to the body in the last round.
Debuting Austrian middleweight Marcus Nader (now 1-0), 19, outpointed Italian veteran Fares Sahawne (1-2-1, 1 KO) over four rounds.

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