Sylvester dominates Oral
By Karl Freitag
In one of his most impressive performances, IBF middleweight champion Sebastian Sylvester (34-3-1, 16 KOs) successfully defended his title for the third time with a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over #10 rated Mahir Oral (28-3-2, 11 KOs) on Saturday night at the Stadthalle in Rostock, Germany. Sylvester suffered a vertical cut over the right eye from a headbutt in round two, but he broke it open with a huge round four battering Oral around the ring with a sustained barrage of punches. Oral weathered the storm, but things didn’t get much better for him after that. Oral was dropped in round eight with some body shots and a left hook to the jaw. “The Hurrikan” put Oral down again in round nine and punished him further in the tenth. The champion scored another knockdown in round eleven, but Oral beat the count again and chose to continue and made it to the final bell. Scores were 117-107, 119-106, 117-107.
Geale Knocks Out Karmazin With Only 30-Seconds Left
By Chris LaBate
With only thirty seconds remaining in the twelfth and final round, Australia’s Daniel Geale secured a shot at the IBF middleweight by stopping former junior middleweight champion Roman Karmazin at Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre. The bout was a final eliminator.
Geale (24-1, 15KOs) had control for most of the fight and it was a high-tempo encounter as both wanted to earn a shot at the title, but the war of wills began to wear Karmazin down as he couldn’t keep up with Geale’s high pace. Karmazin was getting very tired in the late rounds and a barrage of punches in the final minute prompted American referee Patrick Russell to finally call the fight.
At the time of the stoppage, all three American judges had it 106-103, 108-101 and 109-101 for Geale. Karmazin, who was cut under the left eye from a clash of heads in the sixth round, falls to (40-4-2, 26KOs).
Geale has now earned a shot at Sebastian Sylvester (34-3-1, 16KOs), who retained his title on Saturday in Germany with a twelve round decision over Mahir Oral.
Malinga wins IBF eliminator
By Ron Jackson
South Africa’ s Vusi Malinga beat Michael Domingo of the Philippines on a 12 round majority points decision at the Mafikeng University Hall in Mafikeng on Saturday night, in an eliminator for the IBF bantamweight title. Judge Miroslav Brazio (Poland) and Jaap van Nieuwenhuizen (South Africa) scored it 117-111 and 115-113 for Malinga and judge Neville Hotz ((South Africa) was off the mark with a score of 114-114.
Lenny Zappavigna Crushes Ji Hoon Kim
By Chris LaBate
Lenny Zappavigna earned a world title shot by knocking out the dangerous Ji Hoon Kim in the first round of their IBF lightweight eliminator. Zappavigna (25-0, 17KOs) knocked Kim (21-7, 18KOs) down twice in the first 90 seconds of their fight at the Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre.
A follow-up flurry of punches forced American referee Wayne Kelly to jump in and stop the bout after 101 seconds. Zappavigna will now get a shot at Miguel Vazquez (26-3, 12KOs) of Mexico.
Ross decisions Handy
By Ryan Stead, FightNews Canada
Former Cruiserweight title challenger Troy Ross made his homecoming a successful one tonight, pounding out a lopsided 10 round unanimous decision victory over Carl Handy at Casino Rama in Rama, Ontario. Ross was almost perfect this night, winning all 10 rounds on two scorecards and 9 on the third (100-90, 100-90, and 99-91). Dominating this one from the start, Ross had Handy reeling early and often. Whether it was the right hook – left uppercut combination or the left hooks to the body, Handy used every trick in the book to remain upright to the end. Ross with the victory improves to 24-2 (16KOs). He remains in contention for a rematch with IBF champion Steve Cunningham to clear up some unfinished business. Handy keeps his reputation as a tough journeyman, slips to 24-8-2.
Garcia wins WBO title
By David Finger at ringside
Two vacant WBO interim title belts were on the line Saturday night at the Centro de Convenciones in Cartagena, Colombia.
In the main event, for the vacant WBO interim minimumweight belt, former IBF minimumweight champion Raul Garcia (29-1-1, 17 KOs) and claimed his second world title with a twelve round split decision over previously unbeaten Luis De la Rosa (14-1-1, 8 KOs). Both fighters gave everything in a battle of attrition that Garcia won by the slimmest of margins. Scores were 114-113, 114-113 for Garcia and 115-112 for De La Rosa.
McKart stops Munoz
By Norm Wamer
Former two-time Junior Middleweight champion Bronco McKart added a third world title Saturday night, the upstart Universal Boxing Organization vacant middleweight championship, with a 7th-round TKO over Michie Munoz 22-6 (15 KO’s) before a partisan hometown crowd.
McKart, from Monroe, MI, dominated much of the action from the opening bell. Using a fierce body attack, McKart looked sharp despite his birth certificate that says he is 39 years old. McKart’s opponent Munoz, who had lost his two previous fights, reportedly did not make the 160 pound weight limit. Munoz, from Topeka KS, was a game fighter but McKart took advantage of Munoz by attacking his soft middle with sharp hooks along with various uppercuts in a bout that seemed to be a matter of when it would end early, not if. Munoz, after being knocked down in the 7th round, decided he had enough and the referee waived off the fight at 1:13 of the round.
McKart, 53-9-1 (32 KO’s) addressed his hometown after the match by telling them, “We’re back on the map!” McKart is only the 3rd boxer crowned champion by the UBO, all other UBO titles remain vacant.