By Teddy Stenmark: It was a beautiful night of boxing in Karlstad, Sweden on Saturday night as Swedish top promoter Pugnus Promotions launched what was said to be their last show, (for at least a while).
Every year since 2007 the above mentioned promoter has had one show in September kicking off the boxing season. The cards has been good in all aspects except for the financial bits, the workload has now taken it‘s toll on everyone involved and they are sadly pulling the plug.
Female WBC super featherweight champion, Frida Wallberg defended her title against, Canada’s Olivia Gerula in a spirited affair in the main event. The Swede snatched the initiative early on and kept it for the entire session. Olivia had her moments and was never hurt during the fight, although it got rough sometimes. Wallberg was steady and in command. With a good tempo working nicely to the body in the clinches Frida looked like the champion she is and kept charging forward nonstop. She didn’t take too many steps backwards. Gerula simply couldn’t switch tactics when she realized the fight slowly was slipping through her fingers.
Nobody could accuse Wallberg of being a smooth operator. She has decent skills but often enough tend to go to war a little bit too much for her own good and this fight was no exception. She was successful though and got the decision on all the judges scorecards as expected. An interesting future now awaits Wallberg what ever she decides to do next.
We shouldn’t take anything away from the girls in the main event but the king of the night this evening was Swedish welterweight, and former Olympian Patrick Bogere who knocked out Pole Slawomir Ziemlewics in the sixth round of a scheduled sixrounder. It was a textbook-like KO that put the strong Pole firmly to sleep (for quite a while actually). He was perfectly countered charging in. Bogere just let his hands go and “bam” Ziemlewics was out cold. It is rumored Bogere is looking to secure a deal with a major promoter in Britain and was of course looking to impress in Karlstad. The Karlstad showing should reasonably have convinced everyone he is worth a shot!
A good start to his professional career was that of Swedish brawler Oscar Ahlin, at light heavyweight. 20-year old Ahlin got into a scuffle with Deniss Kurakins of Latvia in the first round, handled that quite well, and then out of the blue found an extra gear and knocked his man down and out in the following round.
In a complete bore, (nothing happened) Al “Ice” Cole (47) took Brit, Danny Williams the full route, (six two minute rounds). Cole is without a doubt totally finished with his career, it might be hard to face I know, but that is the cold reality - he has nothing left and I guess this fight with Williams was just more proof to that sorry fact. Williams won the fight on points.
Mikaela Laurén of Stockholm, Sweden (welterweight) stopped Serbien Eva Halasi in two rounds. I wouldn’t call that fight a pretty one. Laurén was in another league and just took care of business.
Gothenburg light heavy, Tobias Alexandersson looked bleak losing to Latvian Romans Sevcenko over four rounds.
September 3, 2011