by James Slater – It was a busy Saturday evening for boxing last night, even though there was no really big fight to speak of taking place. In Germany, a significant fight card took place, as did one in Denmark, while in Mexico, two world title fights took place.
Here is a recap of all night’s important results.
In Germany, in the card’s main event, IBF middleweight champion Sebastian Sylvester, making the first defence of his title, stopped a brave but outclassed Billy Lyell at 37-seconds of the 10th round. The 29-year-old champion had way too much for his late replacement foe, winning most of the rounds – Sylvester was ahead by scores of 90-81, 88-83 twice – before referee Earl Brown stopped it after Lyell’s trainer Jack Loew threw in the towel..
Elsewhere on the card in Germany, two young and unbeaten heavyweights won in style, with Robert Helenius hammering a likely finished Lamon Brewster for an 8th-round TKO at the 2-minutes and 31-seconds mark; and Kubrat Pulev TKO’ing Matt Skelton in the 4th-round. Two heavyweights going up, and two heading down hill, then.
Over in Denmark, there was an upset, as Belfast’s Brian Magee, returning to action for the first time since December of 2008, stunned local man Mads Larsen in the 7th-round to win the vacant European super-middleweight title. 36-year-old Larsen, himself inactive since December of 2008, was expected by most to win the battle of the southpaw veterans, but 34-year-old Magee scored the TKO at just 15-seconds of the 7th.
Supporting the bill was “Lumumba Boy” Lolenga Mock, going up against Italy’s much younger Giovanni De Carolis, in a fight for the vacant European Union 168-pound title. Though the older man by 12 years at age 37, Mock battled hard enough to pick up a close 12-round majority verdict. A Mock-Magee clash would be most interesting.
As for the two world title fights in Mexico; WBA minimum-weight boss Roman Gonzalez of Nicaragua cut through the challenge of Mexico’s Ivan Meneses in style; stopping the challenger after four impressive rounds. The 22-year-old known as “El Chocolatito” remains the top dog of the 105-pound division. This was his fourth retention of the WBA title.
Also in Mexico, former three-weight world champion Jorge Arce won another belt, as he won a 7-round D over 28-year-old Angky Angkota of Indonesia to pick up the vacant WBO super-flyweight strap. 30-year-old “Travieso” was ahead on all three cards – by scores of 60-54 twice and 58-56 – when the cut eye Angkota suffered due to an accidental head-butt stopped the good action. The colourful Arce proved he is not done yet, and now looks ahead to another big fight. Nonito Donaire’s name has already been mentioned as a possibility.
A pretty big night of boxing in three different countries, then, with some interesting results.