Boxing Result

Huck KOs Rusal

By Alexey Sukachev

European cruiserweight champion Marko Huck (25-1, 20 KOs) retained his title for the third time stopping Ukrainian challenger Vitaly Rusal (23-1, 16 KOs) in five rounds on Saturday night at the JAKO Arena in Bamberg, Germany. Huck started the fight patiently and allowed his smaller but busier opponent to seek for his chance in first-round attacks. however, Rusal was too light-hitting to give Huck any problems. In round two, the German fighter started to find a spot for his long right hand, which he used to rock Rusal in the midst of the stanza. At the end of round two he dazed his foe with a big left hook to the head. In rounds three and four, Rusal was once again a busier fighter but his little power didn’t help him much and his soft defence proved ineffective against Huck’s occasional attacking bursts. He, however, had his chances in round four, scoring several times through German’s block. In round five, Huck waited a bit and at the end of the round exploded with a brutal combination pinning Rusal to the ropes, knocking out his mouthpiece and forcing referee Guido Cavalleri to start the eight-count. A bit later, Huck established another assault and the referee stopped the contest moments before the bell in round five with Vitaly Rusal being totally defenceless. Huck is ranked #4 by the WBC/IBF and #6 by the WBA/WBO.
Cuban cruiserweight Yoan Pablo Hernandez (19-1, 11 KOs) scored a workmanlike eight-round unanimous decision over unwilling and lazy American Aaron Williams (19-2-1, 13 KOs) with the scores: 79-76, 80-72 and 78-74. Both fighters do little throughout the whole contest but the Cuban fighter played an aggressor and pressed the defensive-minded American who fired rarely in return. However, Yoan Hernandez was unable nor to rock his foe, not to force him to stop his constant lateral movement. Williams, on the other hand, was to inactive to give the home fighter any problems. Fightnews scored it 78-75 for WBC #9, WBA #12, WBO #13 and IBF #14 Hernandez.
Arthur Abraham’s younger brother Alexander (25-0-1, 17 KOs) scored an easy fourth-round TKO over overmatched Czech-based Russian Magomed Abdurakhmanov (14-3, 7 KOs). Abraham dominated from the outset. In the second round, Abdurakhmanov was floored after a thunderous uppercut by Abraham. After another round of beating, the bout was stopped at 2:30 of the fourth round after a big right to the body which left Magomed in pain and unable to defend himself. Abraham retained his EBU-EE light middleweight title in the process.
In a fight between two unbeaten cruiserweights, German prospect Alexander Frenkel (17-0, 13 KOs) stopped Hungarian veteran Balint Turgonyi (9-1, 3 KOs) in the seventh round of scheduled eight. Frenkel mostly looked rather ordinary not pressing the action against his overmatched opponent. However, in the seventh round he dazed Turgonyi with a big left to the liver and followed it with the non-stopping assault prompting referee to stop the contest.
Finnish heavyweight Robert Helenius moved to 7-0 with 3 KOs after the second-round knockout of Turkish Ozcan Cetinkaya (15-5-1, 9 KOs). Helenius will be back to the ring in three weeks during the big Valuev-Chagaev undercard in Helsinki.
Super middleweight Sebastian Sonntag (7-0, 2 KOs) unanimously outpointed Hungarian no-hoper Titusz Szabo (3-33, 3 KOs) over four.
20-year old heavyweight Edmund Gerber is now 6-0, 3 KOs, following his impressive knockout of trialhorse Enrico Garmendia (11-4-1, 6 KOs), who lost all of his fights inside the distance.
Local middleweight Dominik Britsch (14-0, 5 KOs) scored an eight-round unanimous decision over Congolese journeyman Evariste Kabongo (2-5-2).

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