News: Sturm Beats Sylvester; Vic Darchinyan Mauls Mijares to become Undisputed Champ

The Universum-champion displayed a brilliant boxing effort on Saturday in front of 9200 viewers at the König-Pilsener-Arena in Oberhausen, Germany, against mandatory challenger “Hurricane” Sebastian Sylvester, promoted by Sauerland Event. It was the first all German world title bout since eight years and Sturm was in controll from the get-go. The WBA middleweight champion dominated his 28-years old opponent in most rounds, using his stiff jab, quickness and ring generalship.. Sylvester tried desperately to catch the champion with something big but Sturm, at 29, had no trouble countering the attacks of his foe. For the first couple rounds, Sylvester managed to keep the battle close but as the rounds went on, the champion established his class, scoring with fast hands, to the head and the body. Sturm was brilliant in both the offense and defense. However, Sylvester showed heart, trying to get the knockout in the championship rounds. But Sturm kept his hands up, countered quick and came very close to a knockdown himself in rounds eleven and twelve.

After the final bell, there was no doubt about the judges decision. The verdict was unanimous, 118-110 twice and 119-109 in favor of the defending champion. “I have a lot of respect for all boxers, for Sylvester as well. He fought a tremendous fight. We both were part of a great fight”, said Sturm. “His defense was great, I had to change my game plan, use my jab more and go on the inside. In the end, I wanted to pressure him more, thats how a great champion should be.” It was a important victory for Sturm, who moves his outstanding record to 31-2-1 with 13 knockouts, while Sylvester felt short in his first world title bout and suffered his third loss in 32 fights as a professional.

All Results:

WBA World Championship Middleweight (12 Rounds)
Felix Sturm (GER) vs. Sebastian Sylvester (GER)
PTS: 118:110, 119:109, 118:110

WBO World Championship Super Welterweight (12 Rounds)
Sergiy Dzinziruk (UKR) vs. Joel Julio (COL)
W PTS: 116:112, 116:112, 117:111

Junior Welterweight (8 Rounds)
Marcos Rene Maidana (ARG) vs. Silverio Ortiz (MEX)
W KO, Rd. 2, 2’04

Heavyweight (8 Rounds)
Vladimir Tereshkin (RUS) vs. Daniel Peret (RUS)
W PTS: 79:73, 78:74, 77:75

Light Heavyweight (6 Rounds)
Patrick Dobroschi (GER) vs. Steve Willemart (BEL)
W PTS: 59:55, 58:57, 60:54

Heavyweight (4 Rounds)
Christian Hammer (ROM) vs. Robert Gregor (SVK)
L TKO; Rd. 2

Super Featherweight (4 Rounds)
Jesus Marcelo Andres Cuellar (ARG) vs. Pascal Bouchez (BEL)
W KO; Rd. 1, 2’09

Vic Darchinyan Mauls Mijares to become Undisputed Champ

By: Phil Santos –

Vic Darchinyan absolutely schooled Cristian Mijares to claim WBC, WBA world titles while retaining his IBF belt. Darchinyan becomes the unified champ at 115 while shutting me up in the process. I was one of the 26 writers polled by Showtime who surmised, brilliantly I may add, that Mijares was too skilled and that he would win a lopsided decision or possibly a late stoppage.

Well nicely played Vic. I won’t apologize for picking the way I did but make will make this concession. I promise that in future fights I will not question your boxing skills. While I can’t promise I will always favor you to win, I will not site a lack of defense as a reason.

I, like most fight fans, tend to fall in love with the puncher. Guys like Vic Darchinyan who brashly guarantee a knockout and consistently delivers results. The difference being that many punchers are eventually exposed but in Darchinyan’s case he seemingly continues to improve. More importantly his improvements on defense have made his already lightning offense that much more lethal.

I scored this one-sided affair 79-72 before the crushing final blow was delivered in the ninth. Darchinyan found success in round one by landing a stiff uppercut splattering Mijares onto the canvas. The fight saw Mijares continuously stalking Vic and Darchinyan pounding home the heavier shots. Mijares had small windows of success, actually backing Darchinyan up, but they were far too infrequent to sway more than one round on the cards in his direction. Darchinyan capped the night off by landing an explosive left leaving Mijares flat on his back. The fight was called to a halt and the unbelievably inevitable became reality.

This win, and the manner in which Darchinyan dominated, has elevated his status from another belt holder to a Unified World Champion. Darchinyan shone brightest against the best fighter he has ever faced. He beat Mijares to the punch, outclassed and though it might be a stretch to say he shocked the world he certainly put the boxing world on notice.

Darchinyan improves to 31-1-1 (25) and emerges as a major player in the lower weight classes. Cristian Mijares loses for the first time in 27 fights falling to 36-4-2 (15).

Article posted on 02.11.2008

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