By Karl Freitag
Photo: Photo Wende
In a very good action fight, former WBO light heavyweight world champion and German “100 Year Talent” Juergen Braehmer (39-2, 30 KOs) dethroned European light heavyweight titleholder Eduard “Eddy” Gutknecht (24-2, 9 KOs) by unanimous decision on Saturday night at the Max Schmeling Halle in Berlin, Germany. Gutknecht was very aggressive against the big punching Braehmer, but Braehmer landed the sharper shots. Braehmer cut over the right eye in round four and Gutknecht did well in rounds five and six, but Braehmer was back in command in the seventh. Gutknecht was deducted a point in round nine by referee Terry O’Connor for rough housing tactics, and both fought well down the stretch. Braehmer was clearly playing for another point deduction in the last round but O’Connor didn’t bite. Scores were 114-113, 116-111, 117-110. Fightnews had it 115-112 for Braehmer.
Braehmer, who never lost his world title in the ring, will now challenge for his old belt against reigning WBO champion Nathan Cleverly or Cleverly’s next opponent Robin Krasniqi.
“It was a very tough fight against Eddy. I did manage to take advantage of most of my strengths, but it was difficult for me to keep focus for the whole duration of the fight,” said Braehmer. “I haven’t seen such an exciting fight in Germany for years. I believe that everybody left as a winner today.”
Gutknecht stated, “I can’t complain, I should have knocked him out. I had the chance to. In the end I was too focused on the harder punches and forgot about the easy ones.”
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