By Alexey Sukachev
Marco “Käpt’n” Huck (26-1-1, 20 KOs) is a new WBO cruiserweight champion following an extremely hard-fought unanimous decision over tough Argentinean plodder Victor Emilio Ramirez (15-2, 12 KOs) with the scores: 116-111 (twice) and 115-112. The bout took place at Gerry Weber stadium in Halle, Germany.
Also, in a stunner, Nigerian heavyweight Gbenga Oloukun (17-1, 10 KOs) scored an upset unanimous decision over ex-champion Lamon Brewster (35-5, 30 KOs)
Huck started the fight actively and used multiple combinations, including a powerful single right, to take the first couple of rounds. It seemed as if Ramirez wasn’t ready for such a quick start from his WBO #2 challenger but he finally found his rhythm in the third. Ramirez just marched forward behind the block, firing approximately zero jabs and then tried to put his rival to sleep with extremely powerful left and right hooks. Rounds three and four were in his favor as the Argentinean was able to frighten Huck a bit and tag him several times with his power shots.
The middle rounds were close; the more balanced German being able to adjust to Ramirez’ roughhouse tactics and to counter him with fast combinations with the special accent on his left uppercut. Both fighters, however, saw no crucial success until the ninth, when it became obvious Ramirez’ fuel was rapidly ending.
The rest of the fight was more in Huck’s favor though Ramirez kept his dream alive till the final bell. He was also inspired by the point deduction from the local fighter for continuous low blows, issued by referee Mark Nelson. In round twelve, Ramirez came out blazing but it turned out it was too little and too late for him to retain his belt. A magic night for Marko Huck and a strong perfromance by the ex-champion in a memorable fight. Fightnews saw it 114-113 for Huck. The Argentinean left the arena extremely disappointed with the judges’ verdict.
Nigerian heavyweight Gbenga Oloukun (17-1, 10 KOs) pulled off the big upset of the night, taking a unanimous decision over former WBO champion Lamon Brewster (35-5, 30 KOs), who was ranked #10 by both the WBO and the WBA.
Oloukun took the first half of the collision, fighting aggressively and actively from the outset. He used his sharp and fast jab to pepper Brewster’s face and added a left uppercut on occasion. Both fighters dind’t utilize their main weapons, i.e. right hands, till the third. In the third, however, Brewster took control of the action to shake the Nigerian up several times. Rounds four and five were once again in Nigerian’s favour. As the fight was approaching its end, Oloukun visibly faded but continued to find a spot for his left jab.
Meanwhile, Brewster, who relied too much on his lethal right but to no effect at the end of the day, started to deliver some bombs. It looked like he took the rest of the bout with his clear, effective punching and sheer aggression. However, all three judges had it sensationally for the once-beaten African: 77-75 (twice) and 79-76 – in favor of Gbenga Oloukun. Fightnews saw it as 76-76 – a draw.
Undefeated European super middleweight champion Karo Murat (20-0, 12 KOs) made his light heavyweight debut a successful one, conviniently outpointing Italy-based Ukrainian Sergey Demchenko (13-3, 10 KOs) over twelve one-sided rounds. Smaller but much faster Murat seemed to be competing in a wrong weight class, as he looked too tiny for 175lb, but he delivered a world-class performance against his rugged foe nevertheless. He used his diverse offensive to deliver a punching clinic to Demchenko but was unable to rock him really hard. However, he took almost every round with his rate of fire. The Ukrainian fighter, on the other hand, wasn’t able to utilize his size advantage and knockout power, missing widely all the time. At the end, all three judges scored it unanimously in favor of the local fighter: 117-111 (twice) and 120-108. Fightnews had it 119-109. Murat acquired the vacant WBO Intercontinental title during the process.
IBF Youth middleweight titlist Dominik Britsch (15-0, 5 KOs) scored a workmanlike eight-round unanimous decision over Italian speedster Salvatore Annunziata (11-3-3, 2 KOs) in a non-title bout. Italian Annunziata held his own with pride but was too light-hitting and too wide with his punches to upset reluctant but methodical Britsch, who marched forward behind the block. At the end, all three judges had it in favor of the local fighter: 80-73 and 78-74 (twice).
Finnish heavyweight Robert Helenius (9-0, 5 KOs) didn’t impress throughout the fight but forced an ovation with his one-punch knockout of Turk Serdar Uysal (9-8-2, 6 KOs). The first five rounds were dull and unspectacular with Helenius slowly stalking his foe around the ring with a small punch output. However, in round six he threw a lethal right hand to the solar plexus, which forced Uysal to crumble down in pain. The towel was thrown in during the count. Time was 2:37.
Belgian cruiserweight Geoffrey Battelo (21-1, 18 KOs) scored a devastating come-from-behind TKO over tough and rough German-based Ukrainian Alex Modilewsky (10-4, 7 KOs). Both fighters threw their defensive skills into the trash bin in favor of their offensive abilities. Mogilewsky looked superior in the first two rounds, while hard-hitting but raw Battelo took the third. Round four was all for Mogilewsky, who almost knocked the Belgian down with his right hand. Battelo took the fifth dstanza in return, but in round six he got the taste of the canvas after a light punch by the Ukrainian and a subsequent slip. The knockdown was, however, counted by referee Daniel Van de Viele. In the next stint the favorite came back with the zeal and turned the state around one more time, putting rapidly fading opponent to the brink of defeat. Finally, in round eight Battelo chased the outgassed foe all over the ring and at 2:37 caught him with a chilling combo putting Mogilewsky down and out. Daniel Van de Viele immediately waved the fight off. Fightnews had it 74-76 for Ukrainian prior the stoppage.
Austrian middleweight Marcos Nader moved up to 3-0 without kayos after a workmanlike but rather boring four-round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Italian Giovanny Architravo (now 6-1-1, 3 KOs).
Debuting cruiserweight Lukas Schulz (now 1-0, 1 KO) looked poised and sharp, stopping unheralded Dirk Mandelartz (5-3-3, 3 KOs) at 0:43 of the second round.