In Differdange, Luxembourg on Saturday, Roman Belaev of Russia captured the vacant WBF Intercontinental Welterweight title when he scored a stunning knockout of Kenyan Nasser Athumani in round nine.
The fight, which was fought in an almost empty venue as most spectators had left by 1:30 AM when the bout started, was competitive throughout, and the more experienced Athumani gave Belaev plenty to think about with his southpaw style, and often gave as good as he got.
After round eight Athumani had some balance problems, but insisted on continuing and was allowed to by the referee and doctor. However, in the following round he was caught by a powerful shot from Belaev while turning away and the fight was over at 1:03 of the round.
At the time of the stoppage judge Domique Schmit had the bout 77-75, Hans Joachim Klage 79-73 and Artur Ellensohn 80-72, all in favor of Belaev who improved his record to 12-0 (10). Athumani drops to 23-10-3 (17).
June 10, 2013