Euro Results: Markussen, Kristjansen & Damgaard Win

By Per Ake Persson – September 30, Slagelse, Denmark: Danish ligtweight Martin Kristjansen won the vacant WBO I/C 135 lb title with an one-sided tenth round stoppage of South African Anthony Tshela. Tshela was trailing on points by 89-82, 90-81 and 90-81 when he retired and didn´t come out for the tenth. Kristjansen was well in control throughout boxing on the outside showing good skills but lacked the power to hurt his opponent. There were no knockdowns.. Tshela showed good handspeed but could never get to the slick Dane.

Supermiddle Rudy Markussen knocked out South African southpaw Mpush Makambi in the third of a scheduled eight-rounder. Markussen stunned Makambi in the first but the experienced South African weathered the storm but got caught in the third by a hard right after missing with his left. “I love fighting southpaws” stated Markussen, who have a fearsome right and a good left hook. Rudy is high in all the world ratings and a showdown with his stablemate and former gymmate WBA ruler Mikkel Kessler could be on the cards next year. WBO king Joe Calzaghe is another possibility.

Unbeaten welter veteran Thomas Damgaard marked time with an unanimous eight-round decision over Zambian Bruno Sakabunda. Damgaard shows a better defence these days than in the past and put on a steady performance without going all out.

Congolese cruiser Toto Mubenga won an upset points win over six against Norwegian heavy Rune Lillebuen. Mubenga was stunned twice by his showboating, rusty opponent but scored with more punches and that apparently impressed the judges. Rune felt he was well in control of the fight but didn´t look good waiting too long to get off after a slow start.

Cruiser Johny Jensen took out Hungarian Zoltan Beres in the fifth of their six-rounder. Beres had two points deducted for holding.

Female bantam Anita Christensen knocked out Bulgarian Monika Petrova in the fifth with a single right. It took some time to revive Petrova.

Bettina Palle promoted and the next Palle-show is set for October 28 with supermiddle Lolenga Mock on the bill.