By Paul Upham: IBF super-middleweight champion Sven Ottke 25-0 (6) successfully defended his title for the thirteenth time, knocking out Anthony Mundine 10-1 (8) with ten seconds remaining in the tenth round on Saturday night in Dortmund, Germany. The champion landed a brutal right hand to the temple of Mundine and followed with a left hook to the jaw as the “Man” was laid out cold on the canvas on his back, not moving as referee Wayne Kelly counted to ten.
There was genuine concern for Mundine as he was attended to by his corner and did not sit up for over five minutes. Ottke was jubilant in victory for a win that had been more difficult than most people had expected.
The German had started slowly in the early rounds as Mundine, who was wearing white trunks with white trim, was moving on the outside, landing his jab with Ottke content to follow him around the ring.
Ottke was more active in the third round, cutting off the ring as Mundine attempted to box from the outside. Mundine was making Ottke miss at times and was mugging to the crowd on occasions as Ottke landed more to the body in close on the ropes.
Referee Wayne Kelly deducted two points from Mundine at the end of the fourth round after a head butt and a hit after the break from the Australian. Ottke’s punches had forced Mundine under the ropes and when he brought his head back into the ring, leaning forward and clashing with Ottke’s head. Despite the protests of Mundine, the referee warned him that he would be disqualified if it happened again. Mundine had landed some better right hands in the round and was clearly annoyed by the referee’s decision.
Mundine was more dominant in the fifth round, fired up after losing a point. Ottke landed few punches even though he came forward as Mundine proved very elusive with quick body movement. Ottke clipped Mundine with a right hand on the ropes as he was moving backwards, but was not hurt.
Ottke showed more determination in the sixth round as he cut off the ring and landed many punches on a tiring Mundine who had been very busy early in the fight. Ottke kept the pressure on and landed more often with Mundine on the ropes.
The eighth round was noticeably slower as both boxers took a breather early. Ottke was stunned late in the round from two Mundine rights and as he bounced off the ropes appeared to be felled by a left hook, but the referee ruled it a slip.
Buoyed by his eighth round success, Mundine attacked early in the ninth round and momentarily stunned Ottke with some big right hands but was unable to follow up and allowed Ottke to recover. Ottke clearly hurt Mundine in the corner in the middle of the round, but the Australian came back and landed some further right hands.
Both fighters were standing toe to toe in the tenth round, with Mundine engaging in close when Ottke landed the hard punches which ended the fight.
So often criticised for his lack of power, Ottke showed he does have a punch, knocking out the 26 year-old Mundine cold. With a record thirteen successful defences in the division, Ottke showed tonight that he is a genuine rival to WBO champion Joe Calzaghe as the best in the world at super middleweight.
Jerry Elliott 32-1-1 (25) from Nigeria and ranked WBC No.9 at super middleweight won a unanimous close ten round points decision over surprise packet Commando Kalekuzi 20-2-1 (15) from the Congo Republic.
A slow fight early as Elliott in the leopard skin trunks kept coming forward without throwing many punches. Kalekuzi boxed from the outside, throwing more punches than the favourite Elliott.
Kalekuzi was very awkward boxing from outside as Elliott tried to load up with one shot. The shorter Kalekuzi was very cagey and even though he was not landing many hard punches, he appeared to be landing many more punches.
The Congan tired in the final three rounds allowing Elliott to land more power punches. Elliott really opened up in the tenth round and was landing more and more as Kalekuzi was holding.
Elliott had engaged in a verbal sparring session with Anthony Mundine at Wednesday’s press conference, but did little in this fight to validate his claims of being worthy of a world title shot.
German heavyweight champion Timo Hoffman 23-2 (13) had an easy first round TKO win over Troy Weida 39-10-2 (28) from the USA. The German attacked from the opening bell and was very aggressive as he landed hard left and right hands at will.
Weida was stunned on the ropes and issued a standing eight count by the referee. The 6 foot 7 inch Hoffman jumped on his opponent again with the referee waving off the contest with twenty seconds remaining as Weida was pummelled on the ropes. Weida has now lost seven of his last eleven bouts.
WBA No.2 and European cruiserweight champion Alexander Gurov 29-3-1 (24) from the Ukraine retained his title with a fourth round TKO win over Rudiger May 32-2 (7) from Germany.
Gurov, the 30 year-old who is also ranked WBC No.5, IBF No.5 and WBO No.2, started off slowly in the first round as the 27 year-old WBC No.8 May in orange trunks landed his quick jab. The southpaw stunned Gurov with a good right hand towards the end of the first round with the Ukrainian on unsteady legs, but managing to survive.
The champion Gurov attacked early in the second round with May landing some good right hands as the champion came forward. After losing the first two rounds, a clearly frustrated Gurov delivered a blatant head butt in the third round and was warned and deducted one point by referee Micky Vann as the fight took a nasty turn.
Gurov unloaded early in the fourth round as May seemed to be on the back foot from some heavy punches. A cut on the left eye of May was bleeding as he was backing up constantly. May was dropped in his corner from a strong right hand to the jaw and clipped by a left hand as he fell. May wobbled up on unsteady legs during the referee’s count, but the referee waved the contest off.
The tall Gurov lost to Nate Miller for the WBA cruiserweight title in February 1997 by second round knockout, while 6 ft 5 inch May was stepping up in class, his only loss to Turan Bagci on points over eight rounds in Spain in November 1999.
Norbert Nieroba 18-3 (7) won the German light heavyweight title with a unanimous ten round points decision over 30 year-old Andre Mewis 8-2 (3).
Nieroba, the former German and WBU super middleweight champion won the majority of the rounds despite being stunned early in the first round. Mewis landed a strong right hand with Nieroba hitting the canvas only to have the referee rule it a slip.
Nieroba came back in second round, landing the cleaner punches as he worked on the outside picking his punches as the harder punching Mewis continued to come forward. A pattern was established over the middle rounds with Nieroba outworking and outboxing Mewis as the younger man struggled with the experienced southpaw.
Mewis had bad swelling high on his right temple in the ninth round from Nieroba’s left hands and despite looking very tired, had a better tenth round as Nieroba took no chances in wrapping up the victory.
Kai Kurzawa 2-0 (2) from Germany won by third round TKO at light heavyweight over late replacement Lucas Tichi 0-9 from the Czech Republic. Kurzawa landed strong right hands and left hooks throughout the contest with Tichi taking two standing eight counts from the referee in the third round. The Czech’s corner stopping the fight, throwing the towel in after the referee’s second count.
Cengiz Koc 7-0 (5) from Germany in red trunks won by first round knockout over Peter Boldan 3-3 (1) from Hungary at heavyweight in the opening fight of the night. Boldan was knocked down by a strong right hand punch from the shorter Koc and counted out by the referee