By Karl Freitag
Photos: Photo Wende
In a horrible mismatch, WBA “regular” heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin (25-0, 17 KOs) scored an easy second round TKO over badly faded 39-year-old mandatory challenger Hasim Rahman (50-8-2, 41 KOs) on Saturday night at the Alsterdorf Sporthalle in Hamburg, Germany. Povetkin rocked Rahman in the second then teed off at will until referee Gustavo Padilla waved it off. Time was 1:46. “The Rock” was never in the fight.
European heavyweight champion Kubrat Pulev (17-0, 9 KOs) scored an impressive eleventh round TKO over previously unbeaten 6’8 305lb Alexander Ustinov (27-1, 21 KOs). Pulev was mostly in command, but Ustinov had his moments. Pulev finally battered Ustimov to a knee for the count in the eleventh. Time was 1:28.
In a jr middleweight clash, unbeaten former amateur world champion “Golden Jack” Culcay (13-0, 9 KOs) scored an unpopular fifth round TKO over Mark Thompson (24-2, 14 KOs). Culcay ended a competitive fight by unleashing a barrage of punches that prompted referee Leszek Jankowiak to quickly wave it off even though Thompson seemed OK to continue. Time was 2:48.
Reda Zam Zam W6 Ciro Ciano (jr middleweight)
David Graf W6 Martin Grainier (cruiserweight)
Erico Koelling W6 Pablo Sosa (light heavyweight)