Recent world title challenger Francesco Pianeta (30-1-1, 17 KOs) scored a first round KO over Mickael Vieira (14-4-1, 7 KOs) in a bout for the WBO European belt, headlining SES Boxing’s innovative all heavyweight card before a crowd of 3,500 on Friday at the Energie Verbund-Arena in Dresden, Germany. The bout ended suddenly after an exchange when Viera went down in pain holding his left arm. It was later diagnosed as a broken elbow.
In the co-feature, Steffen Kretschmann (18-2, 16 KOs) scored a third round TKO over Özcan Cetincaya (21-9-2, 14 KOs) to claim the vacant International German belt. Kretschmann battered Cetincaya from the opening bell until it was waved off.
The four-man Prizefighter-style heavyweight tournament was won by 19-year-old Tom Schwartz (7-0, 5 KOs) with two first round TKOs. Schwartz needed just 90 seconds to smash Luke Filka (6-4, 5 KOs) in one semi, while Ante Verunica (2-1, 1 KO) outpointed Andre Bunga (1-2, 1 KO) in the other. Schwartz then thumped Verunica in the final in just 2:04.
Also, “The Sandman” Konstantin Airich (21-8-2, 15 KOs) defeated Marcel Gottschalk (11-7-2, 9 KOs) convincingly on points in an eliminator for the right to challenge German domestic champion Michael Wallisch, and local hero Samir Nebo (6-1-1, 6 KOs) stopped Artsiom Charniakevich (1-4-0, 1 KO) in the third round.
SES promoter Ulf Steinforth stated, “We’re known for always being open to the new and innovative. The all-heavyweight night, the first in Germany, was a great success. Too bad the main event was over so son because of the unfortunate injury. The one-night tournament, another new innovation, was successful with Tom Schwartz’ impressive performance that thrilled the fans. With our heavyweight contender Francesco Pianeta, the new German International champion Steffen Kretschmann, whom I have always believed in, and Tom Schwarz, I’m not worried for the future of the ‘German heavyweight.’ In addition, we have also German champion Michael Wallisch in our SES-heavyweight ranks – we can be confident as we plan for the future in the post-Klitschko era.”