Ghana’s German-based Ben Nsafoah went into the lions den – and tamed the lion to snatch the vacant WBF Intercontinental cruiserweight crown Saturday night (Oct. 22) in Tuebingen, Germany by inflicting the first pro defeat on local favourite Bjoern Blaschke.
However, the 33-year-old Blaschke – who went into the fight as the reigning WBF International champion – fought a manly battle and the pair delivered a classic over the 12 round distance to the delight of a packed house of almost 3.000 ecstatic fans. Although Bjoern, cut and bruised over the right eye, threw himself forward until the last bell and certainly did not disappoint, Nsafoah was overall always a step ahead and deservedly took the unanimous nod to resurrect his career.
From the first bell, Blaschke’s following screamed itself into a frenzy, but it was the 29-year-old Ghanaian whose better boxing won him the first two rounds. Then Bjoern roughed Ben up, who lost concentration and momentum, and the score was even after four stanzas. But Nsafoah got himself together again and started to assert authority on the fight from round five onwards. He was the stronger man and the harder puncher, which turned things into an uphill battle for the local man.
When Ben knocked Blaschke down in round ten, the fight seemed over – only for Nsafoah to start celebrating, which interrupted referee Hans-Joachim Karge’s count and gave Blaschke precious time to recover. In fact, he came back so determined that two judges only gave this round to Nsafoah by 10:9 margins! But the fight was well determined on the cards anyway by that point due to the knockdown. The last two rounds, Blaschke gave all he had with his fans standing on the chairs and around the ring – and Nsafoah happily obliged and the pair battled it out until the last second of a truely exciting fight.
Sportingly, Blaschke admitted that Nsafoah proved the better man on the night and that was reflected in the unanimous scores of the three judges, who gave Nsafoah his second World Boxing Federation title (he is a previous holder of the International belt) by 117:114, 117:112 and 116:114. The new Intercontinental champion improved his record to 14-5-2 (7) with easily his best career win so far.
Earlier this year, Nsafoah suffered his third consecutive loss and looked on the way to a journeyman, but then he turned his career around and the exciting win over Blaschke was now his fifth in a row and makes him look forward to bigger and better things in 2012. Promoter Turhan Altunkaya of PunchUp Boxing looks to bring back his new Intercontinental champion already next month.
October 23, 2011