By Alexey Sukachev
German heavyweight heavy-hitter Steffen Kretschmann (14-1, 13 KOs) didn’t particularly impress in his stoppage win over no-hoper Ergim Solmaz (3-22-3, 2 KOs) on Friday night at the Gran Casino in Castellon, Spain. Kretschmann dominated the fight and at the end of the fourth round, Solmaz complained about an ear-drum injury and the action was stopped on the advice of the ring physician.
Comebacking heavyweight banger Konstantin Airich (12-2-1, 10 KOs) wasted no time in finishing hugely overmatched Russian journeyman Yuri Lunev (5-11, 2 KOs). Airich threw several probing power punches and then connected with a monstrous left hand that had Lunev down and out at 1:12 of the very first round.
Recent world title challenger Mahir Oral (26-2-2, 11 KOs), ranked #12 by the IBF at middleweight, came back into the winning column with a stoppage win over German Alexander Sipos (19-8-2, 9 KOs).
Both fighters were cautious in first two rounds with Oral being just a bit more precise. In round three, Sipos unleashed his unexpected fury and started delivering various punches, especially to the mid-section of Oral’s body. Surprisingly, he was deducted a point for what was called “a low blow” after scoring several times with presumably legal punches. In round four, Sipos continued his assault and dealt Oral more heavy punishment. The next round saw Sipos changing his stance from orthodox to southpaw but to no success. The fifth stanza was even, and the sixth one was totally in Turk’s favor. The end came abruptly after the sixth, when Sipos suddenly retired on his stool without any visible reason. All in all, Oral looked vulnerable in this pre-planned tune-up.
German super middleweight Christian Pawlak (13-3, 7 KOs) opened the televised Spanish fight card promoted by Arena Box-Promotion with a points victory over Latvian journeyman Ruslan Pojonisevs (7-6-1, 6 KOs) after six lackluster rounds.
Ukrainian junior welterweight Victor Postol (6-0, 4 KOs) outpointed Armenian Araik Sachbazian (12-8, 5 KOs) over six.