By Vladimir S: IBF Inter-Continental heavyweight champion Odlanier Solis (19-1, 12 KO’s) successfully defended his title on Friday night in defeating previously unbeaten Leif Larsen (17-1, 14 KO’s) by a 12 round unanimous decision at the Universal Hall in Berlin, Germany.
The action between the two fighters seemed to resemble more of a sparring session than an actual fight, as both guys looked slow and lazy from start to finish. Solis won the fight by the judges’ score of 116-112, 115-114, 117-111, but he looked unimpressive.
Larsen was just slow, and focused most of his shots upstairs to the head rather than to Solis’ soft looking body.
In undercard action, former World Boxing Association (WBA) heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev (31-2-1, 20 KO’s) wiped out a badly over-matched Mike Sheppard (20-15-1, 9 KOs) by a 1st round knockout. Chagaev flattened Sheppared with a nice left hand to the head. The fight was then stopped. This was Chagaev’s fourth consecutive journeyman-type opponent since Chagaev was beaten by Alexander Povetkin two years ago.
Chagaev needs to step it up and start facing better opposition because his tune-up fights have gone a little too long and he’s wasting his career like this.
Junior middleweight Selcuk Aydin (24-2, 17 KO’s) ended his two-fight losing streak by defeating an over-matched Giuseppe Lauri (53-12, 31 KOs) by a 10 round unanimous decision to capture the interim PABA light welterweight title. Aydin was able to stun Lauri on a number of occasions with hard right hands to the head.
However, Aydin was unable to finish him off, perhaps due to his tendency to throw only one punch at a time instead of combinations.
Uensal Arik (18-1, 18 KOs) defeated Francis Cheka (27-6-1, 15 KOs) by a 7th round stoppage to capture the vacant IBF Inter-Continental super middleweight title. Arik was down in the 5th, but came back to halt Cheka in the 7th after nailing him with a storm of punches in the 7th.