By Alexey Sukachev
In an upset, local favorite and former world title challenger and WBC/WBA #8 Mads Larsen (51-3, 38 KOs) was stopped in the seventh by British Brian Magee (33-3-1, 23 KOs). Time was 0:15. Magee, previously ranked #14 by the WBC, is the new European super middleweight champion.
Danish heavyweight Claus Bertino (12-2, 8 KOs) scored the biggest win of his up-and-down career so far, outpointing Italian veteran PaoloVidoz (26-8, 15 KOs) over eight hard-fought rounds. Both fighters delivered little in terms of action, jabbing more than throwing power punches. Vidoz was better in starting rounds and was ablt to close the fight strongly, and Bertino dominated the middle part of the fight. Scores were 77-75 (twice) and 76-76 – for Bertino, who came back in style after a stoppage loss to Russian Maxim Maslov. Fightnews scored it 78-75 – for Bertino.
In a minor upset, fading and aging Danish lightweight ex-contender Martin Kristjansen (21-2-4, 7 KOs) was held to an eight-round draw by considerable underdog Felix Lora (11-6-4, 6 KOs) of Dominican Republic. Lora started the bout aggressively and showed no signs of fear from the get-go. He almost sent Kristjansen down at the end of the first stint but failed to deliver during the second stanza. Round three was in Dominican’s favor, who avoided Martin’s punches with an excellent footwork and tagged him often with wild yet powerful punches. Round four was even and then Kristjansen finally started to find his mark and took rounds five and six. However, he also got fatigued down the stretch and allowed Lora to regain a control over the fight. In round seven, the hometown hero was almost put down with a huge right at the very beginning and boxed the whole stanza in survival mode. Round eight was even but Lora turned it in his favor with a huge left to the chin of Dane. At the end, the judges scored this fight a majority draw: 77-77, 76-76 and 77-75 (Kristjansen). Fightnews saw it 77-76 – for Lora.
35-year old Brian Nielsen look-alike Dennis Rasmussen (2-0, 1 KO) scored four-round unanimous decision over Ghanaian Michael Achew (2-2, 2 KOs). Danish behemoth put Achew down at the end of the third with a monster-like left hook.
Rugged Aarhus-based Congolese veteran Lolenga Mock (29-12-1, 12 KOs) literally wrestled and toughed out a hard-fought majority decision over Italian import Giovanni De Carolis (11-3, 3 KOs) to acquire previously vacant EBU-EU super middleweight belt. The whole fight, which was fought in close quarters, was filled with various wild and sometimes dirty swings by Mock and the same stuff from physically weaker but technically sounder De Carolis. There were no knockdowns but both pugilists delivered their best, especially in terms of will and determination, to heat up the crowd considerably. At the end, scores were read – 114-114, 115-114 and 115-113 – in Mock’s favour. Congolese only premature loss came by the hands of reigning WBA heavyweight champion David Haye in 2003.