By Wolfgang Schiffbauer at ringside
In the first huge shocker of 2009, highly touted cruiserweight hope Alexander Alekseev was stopped by unknown Argentinian Victor Emilio Ramirez after nine hard-fought rounds for the WBO interim cruiserweight title in front of 4000 excited fans on Saturday at the Burg-Wächter-Castello in Dusseldorf, Germany. Alekseev started well, keeping the distance and outboxing Ramirez in the first couple rounds. The Argentinian, however, managed to get some hard shots in at times while marching forward with bulldog-like aggression. The tide turned in the sixth when Alekseev got caught by some big body shots and was wobbled. The Russian came back in the seventh with a body shot himself that stunned Ramirez. Afterwards, it was the Argentinian who bullrushed Alekseev around the ring and connected with hard shots in the eight before wobbling the Spotlight fighter around the ring in the ninth, scoring with huge shots that had Alekseev out of his feet. The Russian was not able to get the momentum back and was almost down at the end of the round, eating punches in bunches. After the ninth, the corner of the Russian decided it was enough and threw in the towel, making it a tenth round TKO victory for the underog Victor Emilio “El Tyson del Abasto” Ramirez. Suffering his first career loss, Alekseev falls to 16-1. Scoring the big upset, Ramirez moves to 14-1 with 12 KOs, capturing the WBO interim belt.
In an fast-paced, high action, back and forth main event, reigning WIBF/WBC female featherweight champion Ina Menzer scored a deserved ten round unanimous decision over Esther Schouten from the Netherlands. Both boxers fought at a tremendous pace from the opening seconds of the fight, engaging in a give and take battle. For the first two rounds, it was the challenger who got the better shots in, although Menzer kept things pretty close, landing sharp shots herself. Menzer started to get the better of her foe, landing harder punches and beating Schouten to the punch at times. The Dutch challenger, however, came back with flurries of herself, making it a hard night for the champion. As the WBC’s open scoring was in effect, scores were announced after the third and sixth round. All judges had Menzer ahead 29-28 after round three, making it a close fight. In the middle rounds, Menzer got in more punches than her opponent, but it was still a action-packed fight with both showing their heart. After the sixth, the judges had the defending champion ahead 58-56 on all cards. The final rounds kept up with the high action of the previous stanzas, with both woman standing toe-to-toe and throwing combinations. Schouten tried her best in the tenth and final round but Menzer kept control and closed the show in good fashion. After ten, the final scores were 96-94 and 97-93 twice for Menzer, who stays unbeaten and moves to 23-0. Schouten, who won a battle against cancer and fought a great fight, falls to 22-5-1.
Hot middleweight prospect Gennady Golovkin blitzed former Felix Sturm opponent Javier Alberto Mamani in the very first round of their ten round special attraction. Golovkin dominated the contest with his speed from the get-go and finally connected with huge hooks and uppercuts nearing the end of the first. He pinned Mamani in the corner, unleashing brutal shots to floor the Argentinian just before the referee decided he had seen enough and called a halt to the action. Time was 2:52 minutes. A very impressive Golovkin moves to 15-0 with 12 KOs and has a bright future ahead of him. Mamai falls to 35-8-1 and suffered the quickest loss of his career.
Hometown heavyweight Markus Tomala kept his unbeaten record intact and moved his record to 6-0 with a six round unanmious decision over overmatched Liviu Ungureanu from Romania. No scores were announced. Tomala was in control of the action during the whole fight. Ungureanu was stunned a couple times but the German was unable to put him away.
German lightweight Magomed Jangubaev cruised to a clear cut unanimous decision victory over Spaniard “Tsunami” Sento Martinez. Jangubaev, trained by Fritz Sdunek, scored a knockdown in the second but had to settle for the four round decision. All judges scored it 40-35 for the German. It was the third victory in his third bout as a professional. Jangubaev, however, suffered a cut over his right eye during the contest.
In the opening bout of the night, Artur Matern won his second pro fight against Romanian journeyman Alexandru Stangaciu by knockout after 2:53 minutes of the second round. The 21-year-old Matern floored his opponent twice en route to the stoppage victory.