By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov at ringside
WBO Inter-Continental middleweight champion Max “Tiger” Bursak (20-1, 8 KOs) beat Marco “Shulle” Schulze (29-6-1, 17 KOs) by a technical knockout in the eighth round Saturday night at the Sport Palace in Kiev, Ukraine. It was the first time Schulze was ever stopped.
From the first round Bursak dominated in the ring, throwing many blows and shaking Schulze who resisted as much as he could. The fight passed quickly as the boxers combated at close quarters. It should be noted that Max gave many body punches, sometimes below the trunks. For Bursak, it was his first 12 round fight, so it was interesting that the Ukrainian could physically fight in such a fast rate. In the sixth round Bursak began to hammer Marco, throwing out strong blows to the head.
Schulze was rather static throughout the fight, standing in one place and absorbing all the blows of his opponent. He resembled a punching bag; seldom throwing counter punches. In the eighth round Bursak threw a strong body punch and Marco Schulze appeared to be knocked down, but referee Viktor Panin decided it was below the belt and gave five minutes to recover.
Schulze refused to continue the fight and thus Max Bursak won by a technical knockout in the eighth round. Schulze’s corner didn’t agree with the decision and considered that the Ukrainian has won unfairly.
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