WBO light heavyweight champion Jürgen Brähmer (35-2, 28 KOs) won a bloody and hard fought twelve round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Dmitry Sukhotsky (14-1, 9 KOs) on Saturday night at the Sport And Kongresshalle in Schwerin, Germany. Hometown favorite Brähmer, making his first defense, rocked Sukhotsky with a big straight left in round two and generally got the better of the exchanges for the first seven rounds. WBO #10 Sukhotsky, connected with the good shots in round eight, possibly the first round he won. The fight was on in the ninth as both fighters landed strong punches with the challenger doing more. Sukhotsky had his chance in round ten as he really worked over Brähmer and almost stopped the champion. Brähmer got a reprieve when referee Michael Ortega halted the action for the ring doctor to look at a deep cut over Brähmer’s eye. Brähmer was able to recover during the pause and Sukhotsky never regained the advantage. Rounds eleven and twelve were good rounds for Brähmer, despite bleeding heavily. Scores were 116-112, 118-110, 116-112.
WBC interim middleweight champion Sebastian Zbik (28-0, 10 KOs) retained his belt with a twelve round split decision over previously unbeaten Emanuele Della Rosa (22-1, 7 KOs). Both fighters were cut by an unintentional headbutt in round two, with Della Rosa getting a bad cut over the right eye that bled for the rest of the way. After eight rounds it was known that slick boxing Zbik was ahead on two cards and Della Rosa was ahead on the other card. The bout finished with the same pattern, so the split nod was no surprise. Scores were 116-112, 120-109 Zbik, 115-113 Della Rosa.
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Highly regarded amateur world champion Jack Culcay (1-0) had a successful debut as a professional, taking a four round unanimous decision over Jindrich Kubin (6-3, 3 KOs) in a super welterweight bout. SCores were 40-36 across the board. Culcay is the first German amateur champion in 14 years.
Cruiserweight contender Alexander Alekseev (19-1, 16 KOs) scored a second round KO over Daniel Ammann (18-3-1, 4 KOs). Time 2:18.
Cruiserweight shooting star Rachim Tschachkijew (3-0, 3 KOs) stopped Igor Pilipenko (4-6-1) at 2:14 of round two. Tschachkijew is the 2008 Olympic heavyweight gold medalist.
Another KO for exciting flyweight Pal Bedak (6-0, 4 KOs). Bedack finished Lahcene Zemmouri (17-13-1, 10 KOs) at 1:56 of round two.
Unbeaten featherweight prospect Marcel Meyerdiercks (15-0, 5 KOs) outpointed Felix Lora (8-6-3, 4 KOs) over eight by scores of 79-71, 77-74, 78-73.
Unbeaten light heavyweight Igor Michalkin (11-0, 7 KOs) won an eight round majority decision over Doudou Ngumbu (20-2, 9 KOs). Scores were 79-75, 77-75, and 76-76.
Super welterweight Damian Jonak (24-0-1, 17 KOs) stayed unbeaten with an eight round nod over Vasile Surcica (13-30-2, 5 KOs). Scores were 77-75, 79-73, 77-75.
Light heavyweight Mariano Nicolas Plotinsky (16-3, 8 KOs) outclassed Fernando Fernandes (2-10, 1 KO) over four, 39-34, 39-34, 39-34.