38-year-old Southpaw Ferenc Hafner out-smarted fellow Hungarian Zoltan Sera (29) to take his World Boxing Federation (WBF) International Super Welterweight title on a split decision at the Hotel Aquincum in Budapest on Sunday night, June 15.
Televised live by FIX TV and in front of a nice crowd, Hafner used his guile and experience to lure Sera into his tactical traps, and cleverly made the early rounds into a brawl instead of a boxing-match which would have favored the more polished champion.
As the rounds passed Hafner was able to change his game and box Sera, who could not get out of the brawling-mode, and from that point on it was the challengers fight as he took his younger foe to school.
All rounds were fought at a very high pace, but Hafner often made Sera miss with his shots and waste a lot of energy. An accidental headbutt in round four made Sera´s left eye swell, and by round nine it was almost shut, putting him into even more distress as the final round approached.
But Sera never gave up and fought his heart out to keep the title he had won this past March in Germany. However, Hafner was just too smart for him on the night and finished the fight in total control, landing punishing shots almost at will.
After ten very intense rounds of boxing, judges Tamas Sasvari and Miklos Dori scored the fight 99-91 and 97-94 in favor of Hafner, now 23-5 (12), while Zoltan Vas totally inexplicably had it 97-93 for Sera, who falls to 14-2 (9). Referee in charge was Janos Baranyi.
A half hour before the fight the boxers chatted like friends and showed great sportsmanship, but later there was no mercy in the ring. After the bout they hugged again, and underlined that this fight, promoted by Profibox-Promotion, had all that is good about boxing.