By Karl Freitag
Unbeaten WBA #5, IBF #8, WBC #10, WBO #10 rated heavyweight KO artist Denis Boytsov (26-0, 21 KOs) scored a seventh round TKO over Jason Gavern (18-6-3, 8 KOs) on Saturday night at the Stadthalle in Rostock, Germany. Boytsov floored Gavern in round one with a huge right hand. Gavern was on the deck again in round two from a left hook to the chin and then was given a standing eight count later in the round. Gavern started clowning around in round three and continued to showboat as the rounds progressed. Gavern was dropped again in the sixth. Gavern was dropped twice more in the seventh and the referee waved it off. Time was 2:08. It was the first time the durable Gavern has ever been stopped.
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“Killer Queen” Susi Kentikian (26-0, 16 KOs) successfully defended her WBA and WIBF belts and added the vacant WBO title by outworking previously unbeaten WIBF jr flyweight champion Julia Sahin (20-1, 2 KOs) over ten rounds. Kentikian was a non-stop punching machine, but Sahin showed her fighting heart to go the full distance. Scores were 98-92, 96-94, 97-93.
Hot heavyweight prospect Sebastian Köber (19-0, 13 KOs) won a ten round split decision against Markus Tomala (6-1, 3 KOs) in a battle of unbeatens for the interim German heavyweight championship. Scores were 96-94, 97-93 for Köber, 96-94 for Tomala.
Unbeaten heavyweight Manuel Charr (13-0, 6 KOs) took a ten round unanimous decision over veteran Sherman “Tank” Williams (34-11-2, 19 KOs) by scores of 98-94, 99-91, 97-93.
Highly regarded 2008 Olympic heavyweight gold medalist Rakhim Chakhkiev knocked out Tayar Mehmed in round two. It was Chakhkiev’s pro debut.
Unbeaten local featherweight talent Marcel Meyerdiercks (14-0, 5 KOs) outpointed Zsolt Nagy (13-11, 5 KOs) over eight.
Unbeaten WBO #15 welterweight Phil Lo Greco (19-0, 10 KOs) defeated Albert Starikov (13-11-1, 4 KOs) over six by scores of 79-71, 80-70, 77-74.
Unbeaten super welterweight Damian Jonak (23-0, 17 KOs) outpointed Marianini Sylvestre over six by scores of 60-54 on all cards.
Unbeaten WBC/WIBF featherweight champion Ina Menzer (25-0, 9 KOs) edged jr. featherweight champion Esther Schouten (24-6-1, 13 KOs) by majority decision in a rematch. Their January clash was considered by many to be the female fight of the year. Menzer-Schouten II was even better. It was a very rugged fight with both women landing big shots and dealing out punishment. Schouten was the aggressor forcing Menzer to show all her technical skills. Schouten closed strongly, but in the end, scores were 96-94, 95-95, 96-94. With the win Menzer also picked up the vacant WBO belt. Will Menzer-Schouten be a trilogy?