By Karl Freitag
Photos: Peter Gercke/Team SES
In an important light heavyweight bout with world title ramifications, WBO #8 rated Robin Krasniqi (42-3, 16 KOs) schooled then KO’d previously unbeaten #13 rated Emmanuel Dansu (20-1, 18 KOs) in a clash for the vacant WBO International light heavyweight title on Friday night at the MBS Arena in Potsdam, Germany. The more experienced Krasniqi, a former world title challenger, showed good boxing skills against Dansu, who brought a 90% KO ratio but had never fought outside Ghana. The end came in round seven when Krasniqi floored Dansu with a right uppercut to the jaw. Time was 1:55. Krasniqi, who lost a decision to then-champion Nathan Cleverly 12 months ago, is now back in the picture and could now be on the short list to challenge WBO champion Sergey Kovalev.
In an entertaining fight, heavyweight KO artist Steffen Kretschmann (17-2, 15 KOs) returned for the first time since September 2012 with an eight round unanimous decision over iron-jawed journeyman Samir Kurtagic (12-6, 8 KOs). Things got interesting in round five, when Kurtagic was warned for a low blow, then deducted a point for a rabbit punch. Kretschmann looked to be in some distress the rest of the way complaining about his neck. He was briefly examined by the ring doctor in round six after which Kurtagic got more aggressive and tried to end it. Kretschmann was dropped in round seven, then immediately knocked down Kurtagic. Kurtagic rocked Kretschmann again at the bell. Scores were 78-74, 78-75, 75-74. Kurtagic had previously gone the distance with big punchers like Denis Boytsov, Alexander Dimitrenko and Carlos Takam and has never been stopped.
In the main event, WBO/WIBF/WBF female super featherweight champion Ramona Kuehne (22-1, 8 KOs) retained her titles against previously unbeaten Gina Chamie (8-1, 4 KOs) when Chamie couldn’t continue for round seven after suffering an apparent arm injury in round six.
Unbeaten WBO #12 light heavyweight Dominic Boesel (14-0, 4 KOs) scored a hard fought majority decision over Miguel Velozo (17-2-2, 5 KOs) to claim the vacant WBO Intercontinental title. Boesel was credited with a knockdown in round two, but southpaw Velozo, who showed a real scrappy fighter’s attitude in the ring, returned the favor in round six. Boesel was holding on at the end, but got the win by scores of 95-93, 95-93, 94-94.
Unbeaten super middleweight Moritz Stahl (6-0, 5 KOs) destroyed Petar Markovic (2-2) in round one. A barrage of body shots put Markovic down twice before the carnage was halted. Time was 2:06.
Unbeaten 19-year-old heavyweight Tom Schwarz (5-0, 3 KOs) scored a first round KO over Frantisek Kynkal (3-4). Schwarz dropped Kynkal twice in round one, the second time for the count. Time was 2:18.
Super middleweight Vincent Feigenbutz (11-1, 10 KOs) dropped Misa Nikolic (18-27-2, 8 KOs) four times in round one before the bout was waved off. Time was 2:00.
Jr middleweight Mathias Zemski (12-1, 3 KOs) scored a third round TKO over Maik Taeubig (1-8). Zemski scored two knockdowns in round three and the Taeubig corner threw in the towel. Time was 2:28.