Boxing Result

Zbik, Stieglitz retain titles

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By Karl Freitag

In a highly charged rematch, WBC interim middleweight world champion Sebastian Zbik (29-0, 10 KOs) won a clear twelve round unanimous decision over WBC #2 rated Domenico Spada (30-3, 15 KOs) on Saturday night at the Bordelandhalle in Magdeburg, Germany. This time, Zbik was too mobile, too fast and too well schooled for the wild and aggressive Spada. The champion was cut over the left eye and on the bridge of the nose by head clashes in round four (Spada was deducted a point under WBC rules). However, Spada slowed down in the second half of the fight and Zbik dominated down the stretch to win 117-110, 116-111, 116-111. All questions left after the first Zbik-Spada fight were answered tonight.

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WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz (38-2, 23 KOs) retained his world title with a hard fought twelve round unanimous decision over the previously unbeaten and very game WBO #2 rated Eduard “Eddy” Gutknecht (18-1, 7 KOs). After a rousing start, Stieglitz amped up the pressure and Gutknecht responded, resulting in some excellent exchanges. As the bout progressed, however, the champion’s pressure began to take its toll as Stieglitz forged ahead, although the challenger had his moments. Both were still giving their all in the championship rounds with Stieglitz trying hard for the late KO. In the end, Stieglitz prevailed by scores of 119-108, 117-111, 117-110. Great fight!

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Unbeaten cruiserweight Mateusz Masternak (19-0, 14 KOs) crushed journeyman Marco Heinichen (11-23-2, 6 KOs) dropping him in round one and finishing him at :50 of round two. Heinichen’s corner threw in the towel after their fighter went down again in the second.

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Unbeaten featherweight Marcel Meyerdiercks (16-0, 5 KOs) put on a ten round boxing exhibition against Emiliano Salvini (13-11-1, 2 KOs), winning by scores of 98-92, 98-92, 98-93.

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In a wild slugfest, unbeaten flyweight star Pal “Pimpa” Bedak (6-0, 4 KOs) pounded out a six round unanimous decision over Edgar Jimenez (8-3-1, 6 KOs) by scores of 59-55, 59-55, 59-55.

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Unbeaten cruiserweight Rakhim Chakhkiev (4-0, 4 KOs) impressed again with a fifth round TKO over Rene Huebner (25-16-2, 11 KOs). Chakhkiev, the 2008 Olympic heavyweight gold medalist, got the win when Huebner could not continue due to a shoulder problem.

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Female middleweight prospect Christina Hammer (5-0, 4 KOs) destroyed Patricia Braesick (0-2), scoring two knockdowns in round two before the bout was halted at the 1:01 mark.

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