Nagy, Molnar & Csala Enters New Year As WBF Champions
It was a night of upsets at the luxurious Aquincum Hotel in Budapest, as Profibox-Promotion staged a massive World Boxing Federation (WBF) championship triple-header with intriguing all-Hungarian match-ups to close out the year on Monday December 29.
Undefeated Lajos Mark Nagy won the vacant WBF International Middleweight title with a hard-fought but deserved unanimous decision over late substitute Ferenc Albert, who stepped in at short notice when Sandor Micsko fell ill a few days earlier.
Albert (21) was game and willing to trade, and never seemed seriously rattled by what his opponent brought to the table, but Nagy (24) had the better boxing skills and managed to score more often with the cleaner punches, in a good action fight.
Judges Janos Baranyi and Bela Florian both scored the bout 96-94, while Bulcsu Gabris had it slightly wider at 97-93, all for Nagy, who improved his professional record to 19-0 (10). Albert drops to 9-6 (5).
Fighting in his hometown, twenty-one year-old underdog Gabor Molnar moved down from Bantamweight and put on a career-best performance to dethrone reigning WBF International Flyweight champion Robert Kanalas with a close but fair unanimous verdict.
Kanalas (23), who won the title in October in Germany, had a strong fourth round where it looked as if he had the challenger in some trouble, but otherwise he struggled to find his rhythm and never really managed to figure Molnar out.
After ten rounds of boxing, judge Bela Florian had it 98-93, and Janos Baranyi and Miklos Dori scored the fight closer at 96-94 and 95-94. The new WBF Champion is now 16-6 (10), and Kanalas loses his unbeaten record and falls to 5-1 (3), having only turned pro last August.
In the third and final WBF title fight of the show, broadcast live in Hungary on FIX TV, undefeated but inexperienced puncher Zoltan Csala shocked veteran Zoltan Petranyi with a third round stoppage to capture the vacant International Heavyweight crown.
The strong and brawling Csala, outweighing his opponent by twenty-two Lbs. (10 Kilos), caught Petranyi off guard in the first round, and had him in trouble, connecting with wide but hard punches. However, in the second it looked as if he had already spend all his energy, as Petranyi took over by keeping Csala at bay with nice boxing.
But in the third Csala put it all together again as he came out aggressively and landed a huge right hand to knock Petranyi down. The favorite tried his best to beat the count of referee Miklos Dori, but was unable to get up in time and was counted out at 2:43 of the round.
Zoltan “Furioso” Csala (37) takes his professional ledger to 6-0 (5), and is the first to defeat Petranyi (48) in sixteen fights and over seven years, as he drops to 51-21 (16).