Sebastian Sylvester (34-3-1, 16 KOs) made a successful defence of his IBF super-middleweight title in Rostock, Germany on Saturday night by out-pointing Mahir Oral (28-3-2, 11 KOs).
The ‘Hurricane’ knocked his opponent down three times on his way to a unanimous 12 round points victory by scores of 119-106, 117-107 and 117-107.
“I am pleased with my performance,” Sylvester said after the fight. “I knew I had to catch him to the body. Our game plan worked very well.”
The first four rounds were rather open, despite Sylvester suffering a deep cut above his right eye following an accidental clash of heads. The turning point came in the fourth round when he wobbled Oral with big shots to the head and then followed it up with impressive series of punches for almost two minutes. However, Oral – nicknamed the Lion – refused to go down and somehow survived.
“I have never seen Sebastian firing so many explosive shots,” promoter Kalle Sauerland said. “His punching frequency was very impressive. I think overall the performance today was his best ever.”
Sylvester remained in full control in the following rounds and eventually knocked Oral down in the eighth and ninth with heavy body shots – and again in the eleventh round. But Oral got back up and survived to hear the final bell.
“His body shots really killed me,” Oral said afterwards. “I am very tall for a middleweight so I am quite open to body shots. He fought very well and deserved to win. I am obviously very, very disappointed.”
On the undercard, WBA, WBC & WBO female welterweight champion Cecilia Braekhus clinched her 15th win in as many fights, destroying Mikaela Lauren ,(6-1, 1 KO) – in seven one-sided rounds. The First Lady displayed her superior boxing skills from the first bell, constantly hitting her Swedish opponent with her jab, her strong right and body shots.
In the seventh, two right uppercuts followed by a left sent Lauren down. She scrambled back to her feet but the referee called the bout off.
“This was a great win for me,” Braekhus said. “I want to keep improving, keep winning titles and defend my collection against the best fighters out there.”
Heavyweight hopeful Kubrat Pulev (9-0, 5 KOs) also clinched an impressive eighth round points victory over Dominick Guinn (33-7-1, 22 KOs).
light heavyweight Dustin Dirks w tko 7 Billy Boyle
middleweight Mariusz Cendrowski w ko 3 Thomas Troelenberg
middleweight Marcos Nader w pts 8 Sandor Ramocsa
lightweight Kim Poulsen w pts 6 Alexey Shorokhov
light heavyweight Robert Woge w pts 4 Orial Kolaj
(Picture Credits: Photo Wende)
October 30, 2010