Tonight, only hours after a Hamburg Court released Denis Boytsov from his contract with Universum, he stepped back in the ring. German-based Boytsov faced Samir Kurtagic over 8 rounds on the small amateur show in Deinze, Belgium. Boytsov started very aggressive and active but most of his punches missed their target. Boytsov lacked precision but clearly wanted an early night. It was quite competitive for 3-4 rounds until the taller Kurtagic went into survival mode. The Russian didn’t like that and seemed quite frustrated in the fifth and tired in rounds six and seven. Kurtagic earned or shared some of those rounds on the judges’ cards. More due to the inactivity of Boytsov, then to the activity of Kurtagic. The fight was briefly stopped in the sixth for a low right from Kurtagic and Boytsov was on the canvas three times from wrestling tactics of Kurtagic. Boytsov went out for the last round still trying to get an inside the distance win but had to settle for a unanimous points decision by scores of 80-73, 79-74 and 78-74. Referee was Daniel Van de Wiele.