By Alexey Sukachev
Comebacking Cuban heavyweight Juan Carlos Gomez (46-2, 36 KOs) cruised to an easy eight-round unanimous decision over hugely overmatched German Alexander Kahl (15-5-1, 13 KOs) on Friday night at the Neue Arena in Schwerin, Germany. Gomez, fighting for the second time in 13 days, was in control of the contest for every minute of every round, continuously stalking and tagging Kahl, who was boxing in safety-first mode. Nevertheless, he was unable to visit the canvas four times over the course of the fight: in rounds two and six after the liver punches, and twice in round eight – from the left hook to the chin and the second time by the left hand to the solar plexus. Kahl was out of his feet but somehow managed to last till the final bell. Scores were 80-69 (twice) and 80-68 – for the Cuban ex-champion.
Rising Czech heavyweight prospect Ondrej Pala (27-2, 19 KOs) showed nicely why he is regarded as one of the best Eastern European young guns after a brutal stoppage of 300+pounder Sergey Babich (10-3, 8 KOs) of Ukraine. Pala mercilessly pounded extra slow plodder for all five rounds, delivering right uppercuts, left hooks and right crosses at will. Babich was almost stopped at the end of round four, when the referee issued a standing eight count, and was indeed stopped a little bit later, 1:40 into round five with his face terribly bleeding and him poorly understanding where he is and what he is doing there. Another nice win for Pala.
“Sandman” Konstantin Airich (14-2-2, 11 KOs) moved back to the winning column after an easy first-round destruction over terribly shot Russian heavyweight Alexey Varakin (28-18-3, 16 KOs). Airich easily destroyed Varakin with a monstrous three-punch combo with a leading right hook to the body. Van De Viele waved the fight off at 1:36. Varakin suffered the 16th kayo loss in his career.
Light heavyweight hope Robert Woge (2-0, 2 KOs) did what another hot gun Ismayl Sillakh had failed to accomplish before. The 25-year old Arena prospect stopped durable Georgian Armen Azizian (9-10, 1 KO) in three rounds of one-sided action. Azizian was fighting for the first time since his decision loss to Sillakh in October 2008 and delivered a poor performance. Being in a woeful shape he boxed in survival mode since the first minute of the bout. In round three, Woge landed several barely legal right hooks to the kidney area and Azizian went down and failed to beat the count. TKO 3 victory for hard-hitting Woge.