By Karl Freitag
Photo: Photo Wende
In his first title defense, WBO super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham (35-3, 27 KOs) scored an eighth round TKO over #13 rated Mehdi Bouadla (26-4, 11 KOs) on Saturday night at the Arena Nürnberger Versicherung in Nuremberg, Germany. Abraham punished Bouadla throughout the fight and referee Mark Nelson finally waved it off in round eight. Time was 2:11.
“2012 was a great year,” said Abraham afterward. “I became world champion. I’m very happy. Also, thanks to Waldemar Hartmann (popular German boxing commentator), who stops today at ARD.”
Unbeaten Mateusz Masternak (29-0, 21 KOs) won the vacant European cruiserweight title with a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over Juho Haapoja (18-3-1, 11 KOs). Scores were 120-108 on all cards.
In an upset, 37-year-old veteran Michael Sprott (37-19, 17 KOs) stunned previously unbeaten heavyweight Edmund Gerber (22-1, 14 KOs). Sprott, who entered with a four-fight losing streak, which included a controversial stoppage loss to Gerber in his last fight, was the busier fighter in compiling a ten round majority decision by scores of 97-94 (twice) and 95-95.
Unbeaten jr middleweight Jack Culcay (14-0, 10 KOs) dealt a five round beatdown to Jean Michel Hamilcaro (17-5-3, 6 KOs). “Golden Jack” was just too fast and too skilled as he dominated the fight. He finally put Hamilcaro on the deck in the fifth and got the stoppage with his follow up barrage. Time was 2:26.
Tyron Zeuge KO1 Vasile Dragomir (super middleweight)
Enrico Koelling W4 Attila Baran (light heavyweight)