After last Friday’s controversial heavyweight fight in Obertraubling (Germany) the protagonists looked back on the fights with mixed feelings.
While Alexander Petkovic cannot be happy with his lousy performance and bad acting which brought him an undeserved DQ win over Cisse Salif, the new IBF intercontinental champion Konstantin Airich celebrates his first round k.o. and is already thinking about his next steps.
"Actually, I was shocked when I saw the video", said Petkovic three days after winning the WBA international championship in the worst possible way. "I want to apologize to all my fans and to everybody who supported me. This is not the way how I want to present myself on TV. It will take some time for me to get over this."
In respect to the "low blows" which caused referee Manfred Kuechler to stop the bout in the sixth, Petkovic added: "I had the feeling that lots of Salif’s shots were too low. After seeing the tape I have to admit that it’s really hard to see that on TV. But I still believe that too many punches have been below the beltline. Still I’m sorry that things went the way they did. This is not the way any title fight should go. I’m sorry for Cisse, too, who came to fight."
Konstantin Airich is in a totally different mood than Petkovic after stopping Varol Vekiloglu in only one round to win the vacant IBF intercontinental championship. "It feels great to have won such an important title after quite a long time", says Airich who will most likely the top 15 in the next IBF ratings. "My plan was to put pressure on Vekiloglu from the first bell on. Of course, you cannot plan an early knockout. But I’m happy and proud that the fight went this way. I know that I can throw a punch and whoever has been in the ring with me will agree to that. I’m sure that Varol will recover from this loss. I wish him all the best for the future."
And what’s next for the "Sandman" from Hamburg? "I always said that I am ready to fight anybody and I think I have proven it in the past when I stepped into the ring with the likes of Danny Williams or Ondrej Pala", says Airich. "There are a lot of interesting options out there. I will not hide or run from anybody. Whoever wants a shot at me should just come and ask. I heard that Manuel Charr is still looking for an opponent. All I can say is: I’m ready to go."
Unbeaten German prospect Charr is scheduled to fight for an international title on November 19th in Cuxhaven. After his quick win over Vekiloglu, Airich is willing to put his IBF belt on the line right away. "I know Manuel and I will surely not underestimate him", says Airich. "But I think it would be a great fight. If he wants to challenge me for my title, he and his handlers can call me anytime."
October 18, 2011