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Abraham defeats Wilczewski; title shot next?

By Karl Freitag

Photo: Photo Wende and Winfried Mausolf

Former IBF middleweight champion and Super Six combatant Arthur Abraham (34-3, 27 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over Piotr Wilczewski (30-3, 10 KOs) on Saturday night at the Sparkassen Arena in Kiel, Germany. Abraham was more aggressive than in recent fights, but Wilczewski proved to be a very tough opponent, especially over the first half of the fight. Wilczewski was given a questionable point deduction from referee Manuel Maritxalar in round seven. Abraham, the bigger puncher, stepped on gas in the eighth and worked over Wilczewski. The former world champion had his biggest round in the eleventh when he had Wilczewski staggering around the ring. Scores were 118-109, 118-109, 119-108. Fightnews.com scored it 116-111.

According to promoter Kalle Sauerland, the win makes Abraham the highest-ranked challenger in the WBO ratings and he will face the winner of Stieglitz-Groves.

In a walkout bout, unbeaten cruiserweight Mateusz Masternak (26-0, 20 KOs) scored a tenth round TKO over Felipe Romero (15-5-1, 10 KOs). The bout was waved off after Masternak staggered Romero.

Euro light heavyweight champion Eddie Gutknecht (24-1, 9 KOs) won a close twelve round split decision over Tony Averlant (17-6-2, 4 KOs). Gutknecht dropped Averlant in round one and needed that point to avoid a draw, winning 115-113, 114-113 on two cards. The other card was 115-113.

Former super middleweight title challenger Henry Weber (16-1-1, 3 KOs) struggled a bit, but outpointed Lorenzo Di Giacomo (41-6-1, 19 KOs) over eight rounds by scores of 77-75, 77-75, 78-75. It was Weber’s first fight since his points defeat to WBO 168-pound titleholder Robert Stieglitz in January.

Unbeaten light heavyweight Robert Woge (8-0, 7 KOs) scored a third round KO over Carl Dilks (16-4, 5 KOs). Time was 2:28.

Debuting super middleweight Tyron Zeuge needed just 74 seconds to stop Yauheni Bohdanouski (3-5, 3 KOs).




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