By Pasi Taavitsainen at ringside
Photos: Minna Hatinen
Unbeaten WBA #14 super lightweight Edis Tatli (21-0, 6 KOs) scored a fifth round KO over Innocent Anyanwu (31-10-3, 13 KOs) on Saturday night at Olaf’s Castle in Savonlinna, Finland. Anyanwu looked very strong physically, but he was too small and slow for Tatli, who won every round before finishing the fight in the fifth. Anyanwu first took an eight count, then was laid out with a right uppercut.
In an eight rounder, middleweight Virgilijus Stapulionis (21-2, 14 KOs) a unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Niko Jokinen (21-1, 7 KOs). It was a hard, bloody fight in which both fighters were cut. Stapulionis was very strong, very aggressive and a bit faster than Jokinen as he compiled a 78-75, 77-75, 78-74 win.
Welterweight Jussi Koivula (14(-1, 4 KOs) scored a sixth round TKO over Lukasz Janik (8-2-1, 3 KOs). Koivula was kn command all the way.
Six-time Finnish amateur champion Eemeli Katajisto (6-0, 3 KOs) scored a one-sided six round unanimous decision over Antonio Manuel (4-12-1, 1 KO). Scores were 59-55, 59-54, 59-54.
Welterweight Matias Laitinen (4-0, 1 KO) scored a third round TKO over debuting Janneh Haruna. The 22-year-old Laitinen showed nice boxing skills, good footwork and good hand speed. Right hands dropped Haruna twice in round three.
Nice debut for super middleweight southpaw Niklas Räsänen (1-0) who demonstrated very good footwork and sharp power in both hands in a 40-36 win over Tzvetozar Iliev (2-2)
Middleweight Mikko Alanko (3-0) cruised past Valentin Stoychev (5-14-2, 3 KOs) in a four rounder 40-36.
Promoter: Pekka Maki