Markussen stops Bendall; Nielsen outpoints Schubov

Patrick Nielsen (12-0, 6 KOs) won the first title of his promising career in Herning in Saturday night when he cruised to a clear points victory over Michael Schubov (13-7, 6 K0s). The 20-year-old Dane was in control throughout, doing damage with his right jab. He cleverly kept his opponent at bay and fired in southpaw lefts to body and head. In the ninth, a right sent Schubov down, but he scrambled back to his feet and lasted until the end. The scores were 100-89, 100-89 and 99-90 in favour of Nielsen. “I think Patrick did really well tonight,” promoter Nisse Sauerland said. “He was in full control and pleased his fans. He has a great future ahead and he proved it again tonight.”

In the co-featured main event, Rudy Markussen (37-2, 24 KOs) added another impressive TKO to his resume, stopping Steven Bendall in the fourth round. The Hardhitter landed his power punches early, knocking the Englishman down with a flurry of rights in the third. When he had him in the ropes again following a series of power punches in the fourth, the referee waved the bout off. “I am ready for a title fight,” Markussen said. “Let´s get it on.”

Yvan Mendy Still WBF Champion, defeats Tarik Madni

In front of a noisy crowd at the Salle Marcel Cerdan in Thourotte, France, World Boxing Federation Intercontinental Light Welterweight Champion Yvan Mendy retained his title on Friday night with a fourth round stoppage over challenger Tarik Madni from Belgium.

In a clash of two stylish competitors, Madni started best and won the first round by being more active, but in the second Mendy picked up the pace and clinched the next two stanzas with excellent boxing. It was shaping up to be a very interesting bout between well-matched fighters, but in the fourth round things took a dramatic turn.

Out of the blue, after getting hit on his right elbow, Tarik Madni dropped to the floor holding his arm with a look of terror on his face, clearly in massive pain. Referee Paul Thomas from England had no choice but to start his count, and it was evident that Madni was not getting up before he reached ten, resulting in a knockout victory for Mendy.

This was the second successful defense for Mendy, who improved his record to 23-2-1 (12). Madni lost for the third time as a professional and is now 15-3 (0). The Belgian was immediately examined by the ringside doctor who diagnosed what was likely a torn ligament in the elbow, a serious injury that requires surgery.

After three completed rounds, judges Jean Marcel Nartz from Germany and Christope Hembert from France had it 29-28 in favor of Mendy, while Jean-Pierre Van Imschoot from Belgium had it 30-27. Time of stoppage was 1:05 of the fourth round.

After the fight Mendy expressed his desire to next challenge WBF World Champion Ali Funeka from South Africa, and based on the very good performance against Madni he seems to be ready for such a challenge.

The styles of Mendy and Funeka would make for another interesting fight that would hopefully have a more satisfactory result one way or the other than Mendy vs. Madni.


MILLVILLE, NJ (December 20, 2011)—This past Friday night in Batesville, Arkansas, Jr. Middleweight prospect Thomas “Cornflake” LaManna scored his sixth consecutive victory with a second round stoppage over Ivory Joyner to keep his perfect mark intact.

LaManna hit Joyner with a hard one-two combination that sent the Arkansas native down and the fight was waved off at 1:16 of round two.

LaManna of Millville, NJ lifted his record to 6-0 with four knockouts and is already back working for his next fight.

“It was good to fight outside the area and get the win. It’s always good to fight on the road and gain experience”, said the twenty year-old LaManna

“We have three fights lined up for Thomas to begin the year”, said LaManna’s Father/Manager Vinny LaManna.

Article posted on 18.12.2011

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