Date: Saturday, September 27, 2014
WBO SUP. MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE BOUT
Location: Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
Promoter: Sauerland Events / Wilfried Sauerland
Supervisor: István Kovács
Referee: Robert Byrd
Judges: Waleska Roldan (117-110); Fernando Laguna (119-109); Zoltan Enyedi (117-111)
Results: The Champion Arthur Abraham retained the WBO Sup. Middleweight Title against Paul Smith by Unanimous Decision.
TV: Germany ARD, Hungary Sport 1
Date: Saturday, September 30, 2014
WBO JR. HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE BOUT
Location: Halle, Westfalen, Germany
Promoter: Sauerland Events / Wilfried Sauerland
Supervisor: John Handelaar
Referee: Jack Reiss
Judges: Alfredo Polanco (118-110); Carlos Ortiz Jr. (116-112); William Lerch (116-112)
Results: The WBO Jr. Heavyweight Champion, Marco Huck retains the title against Mirko Larghetti by Unanimous Decision.
By: Will Esco –
Arthur Abraham will be making the second defense of his WBO super-middleweight title against Paul Smith.
The bout between Abraham and Smith was announced yesterday and will take place at the Sparkassen-Arena in Kiel,, on Sept. 27. Sauerland Event promoter, Kalle Sauerland, made the annoucement and offered the following words:
”We are delighted to announce this world championship fight between ‘King’ Arthur Abraham and Paul Smith. There is a lot on the line for both men and I am sure this will make for a great spectacle on Sept. 27,” Sauerland said. “Smith has been waiting a long time for this opportunity and I fully expect him to do everything he possibly can to cause an upset. However, he is facing a dangerous Abraham, a hungry, in-form Abraham, who is looking to cement his position alongside the very best at the top of the super middleweight division.”
After winning back his WBO title from Robert Stieglitz in March, Abraham made his first successful title defense by beating Nikola Sjekloca two months later in a unanimous decision victory in May. Abraham is now looking forward to repeating some of his good fortune in Kiel.
‘This will be my fourth ring appearance in Kiel. I have won here three times before, two of them by knockout,” Abraham said. “My fight on Sept. 27 will be the first time I’ve defended my WBO super middleweight belt here and there is no way I am going to lose. I will retain my world championship and continue my winning streak at the Sparkassen-Arena.”
This will be Paul Smith’s (35-3, 20 KOs) first title shot and he hopes to make the most of it. He previously had a stint on “The Contender” reality series but the most notable opponents on his resume are James DeGeale and George Groves, both of whom knocked him out. Smith is, however, coming off a four-fight win streak, but against extremely low-level opposition that’s not exactly awe-inspiring. I mean one of his recent opponents, Jamie Ambler, has an incredible record of 10-52-2. ‘Nuff said.
Paul Smith is still excited for the opportunity anyways:
‘I am thrilled that the fight with Arthur Abraham has been confirmed,” Smith said. ”Arthur is a great champion, a real gentleman and a brilliant ambassador for the sport. I do believe that our styles will make for a great fight, but I just think that I am getting him at the right time. I know I can beat him and have seen things in him that I can capitalize on. I am sure it will be a spectacular show and I’m proud to be fighting for a world title over in Germany.”
Well what else did you expect him to say?!
Photo: Thomas Kienzle/AFP-Getty Images –
By: Lem Satterfield –
Huck (37-2-1, 26 knockouts) was last in the ring in January, when he twice dropped Firat Arslan on the way to a sixth-round stoppage in a rematch of Huck’s unanimous-decision victory in November 2012.
“I am excited to have my next bout in Ludwigsburg,” said Huck, 29. “The atmosphere at the Arslan fight was off the charts, and I expect nothing less come May 3.”
Huck can establish a cruiserweight record for consecutive defenses with a win in May, having earned his belt with a unanimous decision over Victor Emilio Ramirez in August 2009.
The current record holder is ex-WBO titleholder Johnny Nelson, who won the belt with a fifth-round stoppage of Carl Thompson in March 1999 and defended it 12 times, retiring after a split-decision win over Vincenzo Cantatore in November 2005.
“It is giving me a vital kick,” said Huck. “I am still dreaming to step up to heavyweight, to be honest. But to achieve this milestone would definitely mean something special to me.”
Huck did lose a disputed majority decision to Alexander Povetkin in February of 2012, though that fight took place at heavyweight.
“Marco did show in his rematch with Firat Arslan that he is not only one of the best cruiserweights in the world, but a great showman,” said Kalle Sauerland.
“As Marco entered the arena, he was booed by about 90 percent of the crowd, and when he left, everyone was cheering him. Only a fighter like Marco Huck can do this, and on May 3, we will witness it again.”
On February 1st, WBA, WBC and WBO Female Welterweight Champion Cecilia Braekhus (23-0, 7 KOs), the pound-for-pound number one, will defend her titles against Myriam Lamare (22-3, 10 KOs) at the Nordic Fight Night in Frederikshavn. We have caught up with the First Lady to go the full 10 rounds with her. 0 – zero losses on her record. “And I intend to keep it that way,” Braekhus said. 1 – pound-for-pound the First Lady is the number one female fighter in the world. Whether The Ring or BoxRec, they all consider Braekhus the best. “This means so much to me,” she said. “It is such a tremendous honour.’’ 2 – two fists have paved the First Lady´s path to glory. “I can´t say that I prefer the throw the right or the left. I need both of them because I think my combinations are my biggest weapon.” 3 – world titles. Braekhus holds the belts of the WBA, WBC and WBO. 4 – Saturday´s Nordic Fight Night in Frederikshavn will be the fourth time Braekhus fights at the Arena Nord. “It has become my second home,” she said. “It´s great to be supported by so many Norwegians. They make a lot of noise and give me extra motivation in the ring. I want to give them another great experience on February 1st.” 5 – five of ten, the half – half of Norway saw the Braekhus victory over Oxandia Castillo last September (50 percent market share on Viasat 4). “There is nothing like the feeling to know that your family, friends and fans back home watch you. I feel like I also fight for them, that I would let them down if I didn´t do well. That´s why I always prepare 100 percent.” 6 – six times the experienced Lamare has entered the ring as the challenger in a world title fight. 7 – knock-outs on the First Lady´s record. “You cannot really plan to win by KO,” she said. “It just happens.” 8 – Braekhus has just entered her eighth year as a pro. She made her first fight in Basle, Switzerland on January 20, 2007. “I was always very determined and wanted to be a world champion, but never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined to have a career like this,” she said. “Sometimes I still think I am dreaming.” 9 – In round nine, Braekhus clinched a spectacular KO victory over previously unbeaten champ Oxandia Castillo. “This was a great win against an up-and-coming fighter,” Braekhus said. “Castillo is a deserving champion in a different weight class but she will never get my belts.” 10 – number of rounds her title clash with Myriam Lamare is scheduled for. “I am prepared to go the distance,” Braekhus said. “Lamare is a very experienced and very strong opponent who has fought 10 rounds many times. This makes her dangerous. But I will be prepared for her.”
Cecilia Braekhus will be conducting a special Q&A session from Frederikshavn this evening at 18.00, answering fans’ questions live via her Facebook page – www.facebook.com/ceciliabrakhus.
The Nordic Fight Night will be broadcast live on Viasat 4 from 19.30-00.30. Tickets are available via arenanord.dk.
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Marco Huck stopped 43-year-old Firat Arslan at 2:55 of the sixth round to retain his WBO cruiserweight title Saturday in Stuttgart, Germany.
Huck, who outpointed Arslan in a close fight in 2012, put his fellow German down twice in the final round. Arslan collapsed under a flurry of punches, got up on wobbly legs, and went down again moments later from a hard right. He got up a second time but the fight was stopped with Arslan taking a beating with his back against the ropes.
The fight had been competitive through five-plus rounds, as Arslan (33-7-2, 21 knockouts) kept the pressure on Huck (37-2-1, 26 KOs) and landed his share of punches. However, Huck answered with stinging combinations throughout.
Date: Saturday, January 25, 2014
Title: WBO Jr. Heavyweight Championship
Location: Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle, Stuttgart, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany
Promoter: Sauerland Event/Wilfried Sauerland
Supervisor: István Kovács
Referee: Mark Nelson
Judges: Andre Van Grootenbruel, Don Trella, Terry O’Connor
Result: Huck won by technical knockout in the sixth round over Firat Arslan.
Date: Saturday, June 8, 2013
WBO Jr. Heavyweight Championship Title
Location: Max Schmeling Halle, Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin, Germany
Promoter: Sauerland Events/Wilfred Sauerland
Referee: Eddie Cotton
Judges: John Madfis, Deon Dwarte, Lahcen Oumghar
Supervisor: John Haandelar
Result: Marco Huck retained WBO Jr. Heavyweight Title against Ola Afolabi by Majority Decision with scores 117-111 (John Madfis), 115-113 (Deon Dwarte), 114-114 (Lahcen Oumghar)
MAGDEBURG, Alemania Robert Stieglitz recuperó el título Supermediano de la WBO al derrotar a su compatriota alemán Arthur Abraham por nocaut técnico en el tercer asalto.
“Afortunadamente fue un proceso corto”, dijo Stieglitz. “Pensé que duraría más. Trabajé duro en mi derecha y resultó”.
Ovacionado por la afición de su pueblo adoptivo de Magdeburg, el ruso por nacimiento, Stieglitz tomó la delantera sobre el campeón defensor, al provocarle una cortada sobre el ojo izquierdo en el segundo round que quedó muy abierta al final del tercero.
El réferi, Mike Ortega declaró el fin del combate antes del cuarto round, después de consultar al doctor del ring.
Stieglitz mejoró su récord a 44-3 con 25 nocauts, luego de que había perdido el cinturón ante Abraham por decisión unánime en Berlín, en agosto pasado.
“Mi ojo está cerrado. No pude ver nada con mi ojo. Quería dejarlo pegar un poco para luego empezar a golpear a partir del cuarto o quinto round”, dijo Abraham, quien nació en Armenia pero que empezó a boxear en Berlín.
“Si el ganó, ganó. Ahora la tercera pelea es la pelea decisiva”, agregó Abraham, quien dejó su foja en 36-4 (28 KO’s).
Stieglitz también indicó que le agradaría una pelea más entre los dos. “Siempre estoy feliz de pelear con Arthur Abraham”, expresó Stieglitz, “Espero que los manejadores lleguen a un acuerdo. Yo estoy listo”.
World WBO super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham will defend his title with a rematch against German compatriot Robert Stieglitz on March 23.
Abraham, 32, won a unanimous decision victory over Stieglitz in Berlin last August and has offered Stieglitz a rematch in his home city of Magdeburg, central Germany.
“For me it is a question of honour”, said Berlin-resident Abraham.
“Robert was brave enough to face me in my backyard. Now I am travelling to Magdeburg to face him in his.”
Stieglitz earned a rematch with a third-round knock-out of Poland’s Michal Nieroda in Barcelona on Saturday and is now focused on winning back his title.
“Somehow I wasn’t able to fight to my full potential during my first fight against Arthur,” said the 31-year-old.
“After I suffered cuts, I couldn’t get back into it. It just was not my day. But that will not happen again.”
WBA, WBC & WBO female welterweight champion Cecilia Braekhus (21-0, 5 KOs) will defy a WBC order to face Holly Holm and instead take on 45-year-old Mia St. John (47-12-2, 18 KOs) at the Arena Nord in Frederikshavn, Denmark on April 13. The WBC had told Braekhus’ promoter Sauerland Event and Holm’s promoter Frequez Productions to commence negotiations with a pending purse bid if the parties are unable to reach an agreement. It was also announced that Braekhus has signed a contract extension with Sauerland.
Huck actually practiced Taekwando and kickboxing before becoming a boxer. As an amateur kickboxer he had some success, winning a gold medal at first the W.A.K.O European championships in 2002 and 2003 at the age of 18. Despite his success in kickboxing, Huck decided to switch completely to boxing. In 2004, he proved himself in sparring for promoter Sauerland and turned pro with recognized trainer Ulli Wegner at his corner. As a boxer, he showed an aggressive style, good stamina, power, a decent chin and a strong will to win, making him a very pleasing fighter to watch. In three years, he held a perfect record of 19-0, until he got his first World title shot against IBF Cruiserweight Champion Steve Cunningham. Huck went on to loss by TKO in the 12th round.
Right afterwards he outpointed another world class fighter in undefeated (23-0) contender Vadim Tokarev this time without controversy. After the loss to Cunningham, Huck won six
straight fights by knockout and on March 13,2010 Huck won the WBO Cruiserweight title from Victor Emilio Ramírez. He has since defended this title seven times against Ola Afolabi, Adam Richards, Brian Minto, and Matt Godfrey, Denis Lebedev, Ran Nakash, and Hugo Hernan Garay. His latest fight was a rematch against Ola Afolabi, which once again was a very close fight. Both men fought to a draw.
1. EBU-EU Jr. Heavyweight Champion
2. IBF Inter-Continental Jr. Heavyweight Champion
3. EBU Jr. Heavyweight Champion
1. WBO Jr. Heavyweight Champion
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The “Captain” returns to the cruiserweight division. It will be the ninth time that Marco Huck (34-2, 25 KOs) will put his WBO title on the line when he steps into the ring on May 5. Huck still has fond memories of the Messe Erfurt, having won his previous fight at the same venue against the American Matt Godfrey back in August 2010 by KO in the fifth round.
His opponent in the capital of Thuringia is an old acquaintance – current interim world champion Ola Afolabi (19-2-3, 9 KOs) lost on points against Huck back in December 2009. He is desperate to take revenge. “Marco did not win the first fight, I lost it,” according to the Brit. “Back then the environment I surrounded myself with was not as professional but now I am with K2 and the Klitschkos. Fritz Sdunek is my coach. All this provides me with the mentality of a champion and I am ready to take out Huck.”
Of course Huck had something to say to this statement: “The Klitschkos should refrain from sending over their employees, and take me on themselves. The spectators will be right behind me and will carry me to victory.” The world champion did not stop there. “It is all or nothing for Afolabi. I am here to win. It is fine to take risks but all I want is to defend my title.”
Promoter Kalle Sauerland firmly agreed with the boxer´s evaluation of the fight. “After the narrow victory of the last bout it is guaranteed that this will be an exciting fight,” he stated. “The cruiserweight division is full of great fighters who are all more or less on the same level. This is the biggest difference in comparison to the heavyweights. Therefore, looking at it from a sporting point of view, the cruiserweight division is much more interesting.”
Huck´s coach Ulli Wegner gave away that they are planning on spending some time of their training camp in Zinnowitz at the Baltic Sea. After hearing that, Afolabi could not constrain himself and had a little dig at the coach. “I do not just prepare myself from Monday to Saturday, I even spar with the priest at church on a Sunday,” said the Londoner with a grin on his face.
If you take the word of the world champion as well as the interim-champ, May 5 is going to be one hell of a fight. Both coaches, Ulli Wegner and Fritz Sdunek will be preparing their fighters the best way possible and set their tactics straight, but as Afolabi mentioned later on: “Ulli, it is not you versus Fritz inside the ring, It is me versus Marco. Either I will end the fight inside the distance or he will knock me out.” The WBO Champ agreed with his opponent’s comment: “We will take the ring apart.”
WBO Interim cruiserweight world champion, Ola Afolabi just arrived in Germany today to start the final preparation for his May 5 rematch with WBO Cruiserweight champion Marco Huck. Both fighters will be present at the official press conference scheduled for tomorrow, Tuesday, April 3 in Erfurt, Germany.
Afolabi, 19-2-3 with 9 KOs, started his preparation two weeks ago for this much anticipated rematch. He has been training with fitness expert Harold Parker at the world famous Gold’s Gym in Venice, California. He will continue with the second phase of his training in Germany with world renowned boxing trainer, Fritz Sdunek. Afolabi lost a close points decision in the first fight with Huck in December 5, 2009.
Afolabi: “I have waited for this fight for the last 2.5 years. Huck has done everything possible to avoid fighting me again, he even moved to heavyweight to delay this fight. This time, I will not leave any doubt and I will become WBO cruiserweight champion.”
Tom Loeffler, managing director of K2 Promotions: “I promised Ola another world title shot when he signed with us. Now that he has been training with Vitali Klitschko’s trainer, Fritz Sdunek, Ola has become a completely different fighter. Even though Huck lost to Povetkin, he showed a lot of heart and proved why he is considered the top Cruiserweight in the world. This time, Ola will be much better prepared and I am convinced that he will be world champion on May 5.”
Fritz Sdunek: “I believe Ola will win if he keeps his focus. He has much more natural talent than Huck. Since I have been with him, we have worked to improve many things, including his punching power. He just needs to perform like he is capable and he will beat Huck.”
Afolabi is the only fighter from the UK with a claim to a world title, beside Nathan Cleverly. He is proud of his English heritage and hopes the fans will turn up to support him in his fight in Germany. His fights have been televised in the UK and worldwide as the co-feature of the huge Klitschko promotions in the last years. Ola also received “KO of the year honors” for his 1st round KO of UK champion Terry Dunstan on the Klitschko vs Haye fight last July.
The fight will be promoted by Sauerland Event in association with K2 Promotions and will be broadcast live in Germany on ARD television network.
Piotr Wilczewksi (30-2, 10 KOs) is the last obstacle between Arthur Abraham (33-3, 27 KOs) and another world title shot. “If Arthur wins on Saturday night, he will be the highest-ranked challenger in the WBO ratings and face the winner of Stieglitz-Groves,” promoter Kalle Sauerland said at today´s press conference. “It´s all or nothing for Arthur. He needs to win against Wilczewski.”
Abraham is ready to make things happen. “It will be a tough fight, but I have trained well,” he stated. “We have trained very hard and I am in good shape. I will win on Saturday, that´s all I want to say right now.”
After missing yesterday´s public work-out due to an airport strike in Germany, his opponent showed up on time today for the press conference. “Being stuck at Munich airport was no problem for me,” said Wilczewski, a former European Super-Middleweight Champion. “I just trained at the airport. I eventually reached Kiel at 20:30 last night. It does not bother me. I am ready for Abraham. We know what he will do and we don´t expect any surprises.”
In the co-featured main event, European Light Heavyweight Champion Eduard Gutknecht (23-1, 9 KOs) takes on Tony Averlant (17-5-2, 4 KOs). “I have to defend my belt because my kids want to keep playing with it,” Gutknecht said with a smile. Also in action will be unbeaten cruiserweight sensation Mateusz Masternak (25-0, 19 KOs), who comes face-to-face with Felipe Romero (15-4-1, 9 KOs). “European champion Alexander Alekseev better watches this clash closely,” Kalle Sauerland stated. “We plan to challenge him very soon with Mateusz. He has great potential.”
Former middleweight king Arthur Abraham (33-3, 27 KOs) will take on Piotr Wilczewski (30-2, 10 KOs) at the Sparkassen-Arena in Kiel on March 31, with the WBO’s European super middleweight title at stake. Abraham met with his fans as he held an open training session.
Team Sauerland has announced that Mikkel Kessler’s next fight in Copenhagen has been postponed to May 19. The Viking Warrior has not yet regained the necessary fitness following last year´s hand surgery, forcing him to pull out of the April 14 clash with WBO Super-Middleweight Champion Robert Stieglitz. Details about the new opponent will be announced at a press conference next week. “I hate to keep my fans waiting and I am really sorry about the delay,” Kessler said. “As a boxer, my fists are my biggest weapon. To fight and to win at the highest level, I need my hand to be fully recovered. Unfortunately, the April 14 date comes just a little too early but I will be ready on May 19. I have kept my shape and can´t wait to be fighting again in front of my Danish fans.”
Said promoter Kalle Sauerland: “Although I believe that Mikkel would defeat 90 percent of the super-middleweights out there with just one hand, we will not let him into the ring when he is not fully recovered. His health has always been our top priority. The five-week delay is disappointing but it´s not the end of the world. On May 19, Mikkel will come back in style and put on a great show.”
Huck to stay at Jr. Heavyweight
The decision has been made: After careful consideration and joint discussions with Hall of Fame promoter Wilfried Sauerland, trainer Ulli Wegner, Sauerland Event general manager Chris Meyer and sports director Hagen Doering, Marco Huck (34-2, 25 KOs) has decided to stay for now at jr. heavyweight and defend his WBO championship belt against mandatory challenger and interim champion Ola Afolabi (19-2-3, 9 KOs). “I would like to immediately invade the heavyweight division, however I’ve been persuaded to first continue in the jr. heavyweight division,” said Huck. “That’s okay with me. I’ll cut everyone there to bits starting with Afolabi. He’s a strong man, but to me he has no chance.” Sauerland Event has started talks with Tom Loeffler, Afolabi’s representative, and will shortly announce the date and venue.