Local Stars Triumph In WBF Title Fights
Four World Boxing Federation (WBF) championship fights took place on one card Saturday night, December 7, at the Speedfit Sporthalle in Vienna, Austria.
In all four bouts the fans at ringside had reason to celebrate, as local favorites came out on top against foreign opposition.
Undefeated defending WBF Intercontinental Light Heavyweight Champion Timy “The Bomber” Shala did very well to stop German challenger Mounir Toumi in round ten of their scheduled twelve rounder.
The fight was nip and tuck for nine rounds, but in round ten Shala connected with a hard right cross that send Toumi down. The German beat the count of referee Ernst Salzgeber, but was quickly caught by a thunderous left hook and send to the canvas again, where he stayed for several minutes. Time of stoppage: 2:05.
28-year-old Shala, who won the title last May and was making his first defense, is now 18-0 (8) since turning pro in 2008. After five wins on the trot, Toumi (29) loses for the first time in over two years and falls to 15-12 (5).
Also making his first defense, Gogi Knezevic retained his WBF Intercontinental Middleweight title with a ninth round disqualification victory over Robinson Omsarashvili from Georgia.
Omsarashvili had two point deductions in round five and one in round seven for using his elbows, and when he did the same thing again in round nine referee Rene Netoliki had seen enough and disqualified the challenger.
With the victory Knezevic takes his pro ledger to 26-4-1 (12). Omsarashvili is now 13-6-3 (7).
In the best fight of the night, Austria-based Hungarian Laszlo Toth captured the vacant WBF International Welterweight title against teak-tough Georgian veteran Giorgi Ungiadze.
Toth was knocked down and cut in round one, but came back strong to give just a little bit better than he got. Both fighters put on a spirited performance, and after ten rounds it was anybody’s guess who would get the verdict.
However, judges Jean-Marcel Nartz, Ernst Salzgeber and Rene Netoliki all scored it in favor of Toth: 95-94, 97-94 and 96-95. Referee was Noel Monnet from France.
With his careers first professional title secured, Toth improves to 17-0 (13). Reigning Georgian national champion Ungiadze travels home at 23-17 (10).
In the shows fourth WBF title fight, Eva Voraberger took firmly hold of the vacant Intercontinental Womens Flyweight championship, stopping usually tough Serbian Fleijs Djendji in the first round with a well-placed hook to the liver. Time of stoppage recorded as 1:13.
Former World title-challenger Voraberger improved her professional record to 17-3 (9), while Djendji drops to 16-21-1 (10).
The big World Boxing Federation quadruple-header in Vienna was promoted by Box-Team Vienna.