Firat Arslan Continues Winning Ways With Knockout in Wuppertal

Boxing Scene

German light heavyweight Michael Eifert (11-1) won the IBF Intercontinental title with a close points win over Italian Adriano Sperandia (14-2) in the headliner of SES’  show in Magdeburg Saturday night.

In the chief support Tom Dzemski (20-1) won the vacant German (BDB version) title by stopping Alexander Lorch (7-1) Dzemski’s sole loss came against Micheel Eifert.

The annual show in Savonlinna, Finland, went ahead with a mixed event featuring professional boxing, amateur boxing and martial arts. In the headliner middleweight Olavi Hagert (6-0) knocked out late sub Eduard Belas from Estonia. It was Belas fourth visit to Finland and he has yet to get past the first round – but he saved the show for the promoters as Hagert had sold a lot of tickets.

Former WBA super welterweight champ Austin Trout (35-5-1), now promoted by Legacy Sports in Germany, outscored Florin Cardos (21-4) over eight. It looked like a clear win for Trout but one judge had it even.

In other action on this show in Wuppertal Friday night 51-year old Firat Arslan (52-9-3) kept his dreams of another world title fight alive by stopping Argentinian Juan Rodolfo Sanchez (20-7) in the second.

Super middle Uwel Hernandez (14-1) outscored Kamer Maloku (16-3) over ten to win the WBA Continental title. French lightweight Jaouad “Le Bombardier”Marocain” Belmehdi (16-0-3), now also with Legacy, beat James Chereji (17-2) over eight and big heavyweight Agron Smakici (19-1) knocked out Brazilian Fernando Almeida (9-6) in the first round.

Italian super featherweight Catalin Ionescu (13-2-1) stopped Nicola Henchiri (10-8-2) in the second to win the national title in Lastra a Signa on July 16.

French super middleweight Gustave Tamba (18-1) was all set to defend the EU title against German Nick Hannig (10-1-1) this past Wednesday (July 13) but with less than 48 hours to go Hannig pulled out. Instead Tamba fought Czech journeyman Ondrey Budera (18-27-1) and won on a knockout in the third in a non-title fight.

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