Boxing Result

Huck destroys Battelo!

Photo: Sauerland Event
Photo: Sauerland Event

By Alexey Sukachev

Highly regarded European champion Marco Huck (24-1, 19 KOs) retained his belt in front of a fully packed Erdgas Arena in Riesa, Sachsen, Germany, destroying previously undefeated yet untested Belgium knockout artist Geoffrey Battelo (18-1, 15 KOs) at the end of the third round. Battelo fearlessly started the action in the first round, trying to stalk Huck around the ring to a little success though. The Belgian fighter worked behind the jab but EBU titleholder Huck (IBF #3 and WBA/WBC #6) established a solid defense to negate Battelo’s best punches. At the end of the round Huck connected with a couple of huge blows himself almost knocking off-balance Battelo down. The pace was measured in the second round with Battelo trying to turn the bout into brawl. Huck was well aware of these intentions keeping Belgian guest at the end of his jab. Both fighters stated toe-to-toe action in the third round but Marco Huck was by far the best of the two in exchanges. Battelo was slightly wobbled since the midst of the third stanza, considerably wobbled at the start of the last minute and finally went down after a huge right uppercut by Huck with only twenty seconds remaining. Battelo barely beat the count but Huck jumped right on him firing punches in bunches. The fight was stopped right near the bell (2:57) by referee Guido Cavalleri. All in all, another impressive performance by Huck who is in line for tougher challenges from now on.
German-based Serbian native Enad Licina has successfully passed the biggest test of his career with an eighth-round TKO over upset-minded Columbian banger Jose Luis Herrera (now 16-5, 16 KOs). Both fighters started the bout cautiously but in the last minute of the first stanza Herrera suddenly increased the tempo and can’t miss Licina’s head and body. The Serbian fighter was down at the end of the round after a short left hook by the Columbian puncher and barely survived until the first bell. He was able, however, to redeem himself during the break and started the second round better. Both fighters preferred to play a defensive game in the next couple of rounds and fought on even terms in rounds four and five but the local hero was a bit better to steal the fifth round with his aggression. IBF #13 Licina was able to maintain his attitude and to land with increasing precision in the sixth. Both fighters were fairly inactive in the seventh but when the fight seemed to finally make a shift from a brawl version towards a tactical encounter in the eighth round, Licina (16-1, 10 KOs) connected with a thunderous right cross to put Herrera down. The Columbian fighter was able to get up but the fight was stopped by referee Howard John Foster at 2:14 of the eight round after another Licina combo. Enad Licina has also retained his IBF intercontinental belt with this win.
Alex Abraham, younger brother of the IBF middleweight King Arthur Abraham, moved up to 24-0-1 with 16 KOs after a hard-fought decision victory over tough Serbian challenger Nikola Stevanovic (16-1-1, 6 KOs). Abraham did the best to impose his will on Stevanovic but the guest fighter was pretty skillful in return fire. After twelve rounds, all three judges saw it in favor of Abraham with a set of surprisingly wide scores: 118-110, 118-110 and 118-111, which don’t fully describe the competetiveness and toughness of this bout. Abraham has successfully retained the EBU-EE light middleweight belt with the win.
Cruiserweight Artur Hein (7-0, 4 KOs) barely retained his unbeaten record with a six-round unanimous decision over dangerous Congo-native Blanchard Kalambay (3-8-2, 3 KOs). Hein tried to control the fight with his jab and had some success early on against hard-hitting but reckless opponent. However, in round six Kalambay put Hein down with a perfect right cross. German prospect was taken into deep waters but survived the further onslaught of his foe. Scores were: 58-57, 58-56, 58-55 – all for Hein.
Koko Murat (10-0-1, 4 KOs), the younger brother of EBU 168lb champion Karo Murat, defeated fellow unbeaten Belgium import Bjorn Fiaert (7-1, 2 KOs) by unanimous decision after eight rounds. Murat was the more active of two but was unable to deliver the finishing punch. Belgian fighter had his chances in the second part of the fight but it was too little, too late.
6’10 German heavyweight prospect Jens Krul (5-0, 4 KOs) made easy work of Hungarian Ferenc Zsalek (6-9, 1 KOs) scoring a fast stoppage after a left-right combination in round two. Zsalek was decked in the opening stanza. Referee Ingo Barrabas stopped the contest at 2:05 of the second round.
Cruiserweight Martin Kempf (11-0, 5 KOs), 20, scored a workmanlike eight-round unanimous decision over Croatian Josip Jalusic (9-13-1, 7 KOs).

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