Results: Abraham stops Ikeke!

10.12.05 - by Per Ake Persson: Arthur Abraham (19-0) won the vacant IBF 160 lb title with an impressive fifth round stoppage of Kingsley Ikeke. Abraham stunned Ikeke with an overhand right and Ikeke backed into the ropes where he was nailed by a left hook. He didnīt seem badly hurt but as Abraham caught him with another huge right, referee Samuel Viruet jumped between the fighters and called it off. Ikeke, totally gone, fell across the ring. It was a perfectly timed stoppage..

Abraham won all four completed rounds, getting off first, beating the much taller Ikeke to the punch with solid right hands. In the fifth Kingsley became more agressive sensing the fight was slipping away from him...but got caught.

"Iīm the happiest man in the world" stated the new champion, who also revealed that his first defence will take place March 4, 2006.

Ikeke felt it had been stopped too soon. His trainer Freddy Roach didnīt comment on that but simply stated that his man was caught and "that is boxing".

Henry Akinwande won the vacant IBF I/C heavy title with a shutout decision over Ed Mahone. Akinwande showed good skills early but seemed to lose interest as the fight dragged on with Mahone taking a steady pounding.

Talented Ukrainian jr middle Zauerbek Baysangourov stopped Argentinian Juan Manuelo Alaggio in the ninth and won the IBF Youth title.

Big Timo Hoffmann seemed to have a lot of problems with Tim Williamson but got lucky when the American, a southpaw, broke his left hand and didnīt come out for the fifth round.

Lightheavy Kai Kurzawa stopped Tyler Hughes in the seventh.

Irishman Bernard Dunne koīd Romanian Marian Leondraliu in the sixth.

Article posted on 10.12.2005

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