By Wolfgang Schiffbauer
Jürgen Brähmer (34-2, 28 KOs) claimed the WBO interim light heavyweight championship with an eleventh round TKO over previously unbeaten Aleksy Kuziemski (17-1, 4 KOs) on Saturday night before 4500+ fans at the Syma Sport & Leisure Center in Budapest, Hungary. Brähmer dropped Kuziemski (17-1, 4 KOs) four times in the bout in claiming a world title just nine months after his defeat against then WBA champ Hugo Hernan Garay. He is now headed for a showdown with longtime WBO champion Zsolt Erdei.
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Kuziemski, 32, from Poland, got off to a great start. He connected with straight punches to the head of Brähmer, 30. The “100-Year-Talent” was taken aback by the ongoing assault. However, the Pole also revealed openings in his defense. At the bell of the second round Brähmer caught Kuziemski with a perfect left counter hook to floor his opponent for the first time.
In rounds three and five, Brähmer repeated his success. He caught Kuziemski coming in, knocking him down in both stanzas. The Pole was punished for his lack of defensive work. Between those knockdowns, Kuziemski mounted a small comeback. He provided a carbon copy of the first round, outboxing a passive Brähmer in the fourth.
The third knockdown finally changed the tone of the fight. Kuziemski was visible hurt for the first time and was not able to fully recover.
Brähmer controlled the second part of the battle. The former European champion gained control and dominated the affair. On some occasions, Kuziemski took advantage of defensive problems by Brähmer but the German was always quick to answer with his own shots.
The end came in round eleven. A dazzling uppercut ended matters as Kuziemski went down for the fourth and final time. His coach Arthur Grigorian immediately threw in the towel to prevent his protégée from further punishment. The time was 39 seconds. Aleksy Kuziemski suffered the first loss of his professional career.
Brähmer captured the first world title of his career, albeit an interim version. He won the right to face longtime WBO champ Zsolt Erdei next. That light heavyweight championship fight might take place in December.