Dimitrenko knocks out Sidon

03.07.05 - Per-Åke Persson: Big Ukrainian heavy Alexander Dimtirenko knocked out aging German Andreas Sidon in the second of what proved to be a mismatch. The 40+ Sidon looked every bit his age during the short encounter that was elevated to main event status when WBO lightheavy champ Zsolt Erdei fell ill and had to pull out of his defence against Frenchman Medhi Sahnoune. It was scheduled for twelve..

Dimitrenko floored Sidon twice in the second landing with numerous hard punches and American referee Joe Cortez should have stepped in earlier.

At stake was the vacant WBO I/C and IBF Intīl titles.

Cruiser Alexander Petkovic appeared to be headed for a tough evening in the first against Ukrainian Vadim Safonov but solved his opponentīs style and came through a deserved winner after eight.

As for Erdei trainer Fritz Sdunek reported everything had been allright during the evening before fight but that the fighter had started to get sick at 2 AM. He had fallen asleep again at about 4 AM but was sick again during the morning. A final decision to cancel the fight wasnīt taken until the early afternoon.

There were about 2000 spectators for the nine-fight show with the 15 000 seat Color Line Arena cut down to about one fifth of itīs capacity for this event.

Article posted on 03.07.2005

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