Report and photos by Boxing Bob Newman
In an absolute no-holds-barred war, Stefan Worth administered a savage one-punch knockout to three-fight novice Alexander Mengis, to lift the German International welterweight title in the process. The fight capped a five bout card promoted by Ludus Pugilatus (Robert Rolle and his mother Eva Rolle).
The show was a VIP invite only ringside dinner affair held at the MOA Hotel in Berlin, with approximately 200 IBF delegates in attendance.
The main event, scheduled for ten rounds, looked to be a mismatch on paper at first. Champion Mengis came into the bout with an undefeated record of 3-0, but did have a ten rounder under his belt in his last match in November of 2012. Mengis took a UD10 to win the German International title in that match, so he proved he could last the distance. Worth was a seventeen fight veteran with a record of 14-2-1, 4 KOs.
From the get go, it was apparent that Worth was one of those “vocal punchers,” grunting with every blow he threw. It seemed Worth took the first two rounds through sheer aggression alone. Mengis started to pick his shots and bloodied Worth’s nose early in the third, looking as if he bagged rounds three and four on this writer’s score card. With things all even, the fifth turned back in Worth’s favor as a chopping over hand right behind Mengis’ ear dropped him on the seat of his pants with ten seconds to go in the round. It looked as if Mengis was lucky there was no time left as referee Micky Vann finished the mandatory eight count and waved the fighters to continue, when the bell sounded to save the wobbly fighter. Incredibly, both fighters went toe-to-toe in round six, each taking their turn nailing each other with hay maker head shots, knocking each other from pillar to post. Mengis seemed to have the room on his side, as they chanted, “Go Alex,” with ever volley he landed.
Round seven and eight slowed to a more humane pace, as each fighter still took turns picking their shots, working the head and body with equal amounts of punishment doled out. It seemed though, however slightly, that Mengis was beginning to fade as the fight went on. In the ninth, Worth stormed out throwing single bombs, and Mengis tried to match his foe, which led to his demise. As the two combatants stood in center ring, Worth landed a hard right, and Mengis sagged, but didn’t go down. Worth’s corner screamed for their man to finish his dazed opponent, but Worth either didn’t sense the damage, or had to muster some more energy for another punch. Every few moments, the scenario repeated itself, then again, and again, each time, Mengis buckling just a little more than the last. One could sense the inevitable. Finally, a right hand bomb detonated on the side of Mengis’ jaw, sending him crashing to the canvas completely unconscious, his head bouncing sickeningly on the mat. Referee Vann immediately waved the bout off at 2:00 of round nine, and turned Mengis on his side.
Having worked for many years in a Neuro-surgical ICU, this writer immediately recognized the clenched jaw and loud snoring sounds exhibited by Mengis as the signs of a severely concussed fighter with a closed-head injury- one in need of immediate medical attention. The emergency medical staff was at ringside within two minutes, placing Mengis on a stretcher and wheeling him off to a waiting ambulance and to the hospital. Fightnews will try to ascertain Mengis’ condition if possible, and pass it along to our readers.
Worth was visibly shaken, and didn’t want any applause for his hard fought title win. He asked the ring announcer to have the audience keep their thoughts with his opponent on this night. Worth’s record goes to 15-2-1, 5 KOs.
The undercard efforts combined didn’t match the intensity of the main event.
Female super middle Vivian Fontana Berger drubbed and bloodied Paula Wotawowa over four sloppy rounds for a unanimous win on points.
Maxim Boganzov was too young and too fast for Marcen Gierke. Boganzov took a unanimous four round decision at welterweight.
Alessandros Lessman bloodied and pounded hapless Andy Thiele into submission, with Thiele’s corner throwing in the towel at the start of round two. Official time was :06 of the round.
Frank Blümle kept his unbeaten record intact, the hard way, against a fighter who has never won in 20 professional bouts! The clownish Köskal Orduhan wound up fake bolo punches, led with his head, dropped his hands and otherwise tried to frustrate Blümle for four sloppy rounds. Neither fighter was a picture of physical conditioning, with plenty of flab to spare, but Blümle at least made a solid effort while the fight lasted. In the fourth however, Orduhan began throwing caution to the wind and on more than one occasion, landed follow-through elbows to Blümle’s head, which drew two cautions from the ref. Dazed and bleeding around the left eyebrow, Blümle sagged along the ropes to the canvas, covering his face with his gloves, shaking his head in resignation. The referee then began to count, reached eight, then raised his hands up in the air, and simply waited for Blümle to get up. About five seconds later, Blümle rose and resumed the fight! Another elbow to the head later, and Blümle turned away, uttered “nein” a few times and shook his head as if to quit. Orduhan paraded around the ring as if he had finally garnered his elusive first win. After huddling with the GBA (German Boxing Association), the referee declared Blümle the winner by DQ in the fourth round. Blümle goes to 5-0-2, 2 KOs, while Orduhan continues on at an unbelievable 0-19-2!
The GBA gave several medals and awards out to the IBF Board members in attendance as well as former IBF heavyweight champion Chris Byrd and current mini flyweight champion Katsunari Takayama.