By Karl Freitag
IBF middleweight champion “Hurrikan” Sebastian Sylvester (33-3-1, 16 KOs) and mandatory challenger Roman “Made in Hell” Karmazin (40-3-2, 26 KOs) battled to a twelve round split decision draw on Saturday night at the Jahnsportforum in Neubrandenburg, Germany. As expected, a very close and hard fought fight. The 37-year-old Karmazin was very active, but Sylvester showed good defense, better technical skills and was generally more effective, landing clean right hands throughout the fight. Scores were 118-111 for Sylvester, 117-111 for Karmazin, and 114-114. Sylvester retains his title with the draw. Fightnews scored it 116-113 for Sylvester, but many rounds were close. There was a skirmish at ringside when a member of Team Karmazin objected to the tally of the 114-114 card.
In a clash for the vacant IBF cruiserweight title, Steve Cunningham (23-2, 12 KOs) recovered from a fourth round knockdown to get a fifth round stoppage over “Contender: Season 4” winner Troy Ross (23-2, 16 KOs). Referee Bill Clancy waved off the fight due to a deep cut under the left eye of Ross that was ruled to be caused by a punch (a thumb to be precise). It will be the second reign for Cunningham as IBF cruiserweight champion, who was recently signed by Sauerland Event. With the win, Cunningham positions himself for a rematch with stablemate WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck. There is also talk of a Super Six tournament in the cruiserweight divison, in which Cunningham and Huck would particiate. Both attractive propositions.
Heavyweight Oleg Platov (29-1, 22 KOs) won by sixth round TKO over Gbenga Oloukun (18-6, 11 KOs). Platov dropped Oloukun in rounds one, two and five and got the TKO at 2:27 of the sixth.
Cruiserweight Yoan Pablo Hernandez (22-1, 11 KOs) never let upset artist Zack Page (20-29-2, 7 KOs) in the fight, winning 80-72 on all cards in an eight-rounder. Hernandez is rated #5 by the WBC and IBF, #8 by the WBA and #11 by the WBO.
40-year-old journeyman light heavyweight Demetrius Davis (20-21-5, 7 KOs) stunned previously unbeaten Artur Hein (12-1, 7 KOs). Hein suffered an injury to his right knee after slipping, which caused the fight to be stopped at 1:08 of round four. Beneficiary Davis wins by fourth round TKO.
Cruiserweight Lukas Schulz (7-0, 5 KOs) scored an eighth round TKO over Christophe Dufaux (4-1, 1 KO).
Super middleweight Harry Weber moved to 10-0, 2 KOs with an eight round unanimous decision over Vasyl Kliusa (11-1, 7 KOs).
Middleweight Mariusz Cendrowski (19-2-2, 7 KOs) outpointed previously unbeaten Thomas Troelenberg (21-1, 10 KOs) over eight.