By Alexey Sukachev
WBO cruiserweight champion Marco “Kapt’n” Huck (28-1, 21 KOs) scored an exciting third round TKO over Adam “Swamp Donkey” Richards (23-3, 15 KOs) on Saturday night at the Max Schmeling Halle in Berlin. Huck was in command from the beginning, but the aggressive Richards made a good fight out of it. Huck finally put Richards on the canvas in round three and referee Marc Nelson waved it off after Huck’s violent follow up assault. Time was 2:30.
Earlier, IBF heavyweight mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin scored a five round beatdown of Javier Mora. Povetkin dropped Mora three times before the bout was halted.
WBC/IBF #5, WBA #9 and WBO #10 cruiserweight champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez (21-1, 11 KOs) outpointed Cesar David Krenz (18-4, 11 KOs) over twelve uneventful rounds. Scores 120-108 acroess the board.
WBC #9/IBF #12 cruiserweight Alexander Frenkel (22-0, 17 KOs) took a unanimous decision over veteran Michael Simms (21-13-2, 13 KOs) by scores of 79-75, 79-73, 79-73.
Unbeaten heavyweight Kubrat Pulev (7-0, 5 KOs) scored a second round stoppage of Danny Batchelder (25-8-1, 12 KOs).
WBO cruiserweight champion Marko Huck (28-1, 21 KOs) proved his strength once again with the third-round TKO over spirited but also limited ex-heavyweight Adam Richards (23-3, 15 KOs). Richards proved he was no pushover by bringing the heat towards Huck in the opening round. Not that WBO #14 rated challenger was effective but he was at least active and forced Huck into defensive shell for the biggest part of the round. However, he mostly missed and his blows didn’t aim at specific targets but were dispersed into space instead. Huck scored several times at the end of the round, which was Richards’ beforehand. Huck did a better job stopping aggressive American in the second and he also gave him several scary moments in the midst of the round with his left hooks. In round three, Richards ran into Huck’s fire again and was caught several times. Finally, Huck landed a flash right and pushed Richards down which was somewhat surprisingly ruled a knockdown by referee Marc Nelson. The American was also badly cut on the back of his head. Richards continued his assault but Huck first cornered him with short left hooks and then badly beat him with hooks and swings, failing to miss any of them. Richards was on his way down, when referee Nelson jumped in and fell hard simultaneously with the American while waving the contest off at 2:30 of the third.
Russian top heavyweight prospect Alexander Povetkin (19-0, 14 KOs) retained his mandatory challenger status with a stoppage win over Mexican Javier Mora (22-6-1, 18 KOs) in five crowd-pleasing rounds. IBF #1, WBC #2 and WBO #4 ranked Povetkin went right to Mora from the starting bell and started to bomb him in the center of the ring. The giant Mexican took the challenge and tried to retaliate but it was Povetkin who pinned him to the ropes. Just coming out of them Mora took a major-league left hook by Povetkin and went down for the first time. It cost him much energy and will to survive till the bell, ending round one. Mora was down once again in the second after a left hook – right hand combo by Povetkin but the Russian failed to finish him off instantly. Rounds three and four were more measured as Povetkin rested a bit after a huge punch output in first two rounds. Mexican had some success with sneaky left hooks in round four but Alexander almost stopped him at the end of that stanza. The job was done early in round five, when Mora ate two left hooks by the Russian and slowly went down along the ropes prompting referee Daniel Van de Wiele to wave the bout off at 0:50 of the fifth. “I have much to work at yet,” said Povetkin after the fight. “It was a tough appointment, and Mora was no pushover. I was too concentrated on getting a kayo win. I wish both Klitschko brothers all the best in their coming fights.”
IBF I/C cruiserweight champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez (now 21-1, 11 KOs) retained his title in an extremely uneventful way outpointing Argentinean national champion Cesar David Krenz (18-4, 11 KOs) over twelve boring rounds. The WBC/IBF #5, WBA #9 and WBO #10 Cuban dominated every second of every minute of every round but completely failed to impress the audience, disappointing the public with his way too economic and cautious approach. WBC #31 Crenz, on the other hand, hadn’t enough skills to cause Hernandez, who scored victories over Enad Licina and Aaron Williams the last year, any problems. All three judges and Fightnews as well scored the fight identically 120-108 – for Hernandez, who needs to take more risks if he wants to impress his fans in future.
Hard-hitting German cruiserweight kayo artist Alexander Frenkel (22-0, 17 KOs) failed to score his next stoppage win and also to become the first ever fighter to stop elusive and durable American veteran Michael Simms (21-13-2, 13 KOs) but got a well-deserved unanimous decision over eight hard-fought rounds. After a cautious first round, WBC #9 and IBF #12 Frenkel began to operate at his full potential, delivering well-placed series, uppercuts and single punches to beat Simms to the punch. 1999 Houston gold medalist Simms rolled with the punches, bobbed and weaved to avoid the vast majority of punches but was pretty inept in attack. He indeed was able to get out of danger but allowed Frenkel to control the fight. In round six, Simms got the better of Frenkel suddenly pressing him at the ropes but the German of Ukrainian origin came back strongly in the seventh. The last round saw Frenkel moving forward and eating punches. All three judges scored the bout for Frenkel 79-75 and 79-73 (twice). Fightnews saw it also 79-73 for the German.
Sensational heavyweight enforcer Kubrat Pulev (7-0, 5 KOs) continued his impressive run with a frightful display of power in a second-round stoppage of experienced, yet small American heavyweight Danny Batchelder (25-8-1, 12 KOs). Batchelder was active in the first round scoring with numerous combinations to the body, while Pulev took some time to study his foe. The Bulgarian finally decided it was time to go in the second stanza and, when he made his choice, the end was painful for the American. Pulev threw a lethal left half-hook/half-uppercut that landed on Batchelder’s chin through American’s block. Time was 0:45, when referee Daniel Van de Wiele halted the action, maybe a bit prematurely.
6’11” German behemoth Jens Krull (now 8-0-1, 6 KOs) was awarded a highly dubious, horrible six-round draw against uknown Serbian export Samir Kurtagic (6-0-1, 5 KOs). Kurtagic was a bit nervous in the first but started to tag Krull in the second. Rounds three and four were in his favour though it seemed at once the guest fighter was too fatigued to continue. However, the Serb regroupped and using punch-clinch tactics couldn’t miss the German’s face. Rounds five and six were huge for Kurtagic, who often scored with left swings and also found spots for ocassional right hooks to the body and left jabs. Krull was close to be floored in the last round and was lucky not to find himself decked. At the end, Fightnews scored it 59-55 – for obvious winner Kurtagic but judges saw this bout otherwise. Referee was Daniel Van de Wiele from Belgium.
German light heavyweight prospect Artur Hein (12-0, 7 KOs) scored a last-round knockout of American journeyman Eric Howard (11-18-1, 6 KOs) in a scheduled eight-rounder. Hein easily dominated his 40-year old rival with fast and crisp combinations throughout the entire fight. However, the brave American continued to eat punches in bunches and, yet, gave his all, trying (unfortunately) to hit the German in return. Hein rocked Howard several times in a horribly lopsided sixth stanza but the American survived the storm. The end came suddenly at 0:41 of the eighth after a powerful left hook to the liver, which sent Howard down for the count.
18-year old Dane Patrick Nielsen (3-0, 2 KOs) was forced to go a distance for the first time in his pro life, clearly dominating Italian import Alessandro Sigurini (2-3, 1 KO) over four one-sided rounds. Nielsen was close scoring a stoppage in the last round but the Italian survived till the final bell even though he threw no punches at all. Fightnews saw it 40-35 for the Dane.
Former amateur standout Lukas Schulz (5-0, 3 KOs) stopped fellow unbeaten cruiserweight Lonja Fanta (3-1, 3 KOs) in two rounds. Schulz took his time to evaluate Fanta in the first and dominated him in the second. Fanta received a standing eight after eating a right hand from the German and soon was rescued by his cornermen, who threw in a towel. Official time of stoppage was 1:37 of round two.