By Erich Glavitza
Viennese boxing fans might be disappointed by the majority draw in the twelve-rounder between Spanish EU middleweight titleholder Roberto Santos (18-6-3, 10 KOs) and their local favorite Marcos Nader (16-0-1, 2 KOs) on Friday night at the Multiversum in Schwechat, Austria, as the judges followed the old rules: the challenger has to make the fight – the champ defends his title. The stylish Viennese controlled the fight during the first half with fast jabs, brisk combinations and avoided Santos ramming left by stepping out of reach in time. The tide turned around at midway, when the sturdy Spaniard started rolling forward like a tank, bloodying Nader’s nose and scoring now and then with his left. Nader seemed to run out of gas during the final rounds, so the judges saw his efforts not enough to dethrone the man from Valencia. Scores were 115-114 Nader and 114-114 twice.
On the undercard, 24-year-old super middleweight Henry Weber (17-1-1) on his way up after losing to Robert Stieglitz, decisioned Sergej Rozvadovskij (5-1-2) from Litauen on points.
Austrian light heavyweight Timy Shala beat wild-swinging Hungarian Attila Baran(10-4) after six rounds by unanimous decision and improved to 17-0.
Hungarian middleweight István Szili KO’d Francisco Di Fiori in the fourth and German-Armenien cruiserweight Leon Harth finished Slovenian Robert Andrasik after 30 seconds.