15th December 2012
Local favourite Arthur Abraham showed his class to overpower and overwhelm French challenger Mehdi Bouadla and take a comfortable eighth round TKO.
In doing so, Abraham defended his WBO World Super-Middleweight crown for the first time and, with George Groves having outgunned Glen Johnson earlier that night, the way could be paved for the popular Hammersmith fighter to get a first World title shot.
The Armenian-born, German-based Abraham was the better fighter for the duration. His dominance showed as a nasty cut opened up over Bouadla's right eye, and, ultimately, ended the fight in the eighth. It became clear that Bouadla didn't have the appetite for the fight, and, with blood streaming into his eye, referee Mark Nelson stepped between the two to hand the 32-year-old reiging champion the win.
Popular Armenian-born German-based super-middleweight Arthur Abraham returns to BoxNation for a third time this year as he faces his first WBO World title defence against Frenchman Mehdi Bouadla.
Abraham's last outing saw him outgun Robert Stieglitz in a thrilling contest to secure the WBO World Super-Middleweight title, and now the 32-year-old is eyeing up a first defence.
Mehdi Bouadla is 26 - 4, and currently ranked 13th as a middleweight by the WBA, which suggests that Abraham might be in for a comfortable first defence.
The French 30-year-old's most recent defeat came in June 2011, when he suffered a sixth round TKO against a powerful Mikkel Kessler.
15th December 2012
It was a routine night's work for 29 - 0 Polish fighter Mateusz Masternak, who won the vacant European Cruiserweight Championship with a low key unanimous decision over Juho Haapoja.
The Finnish challenger was forced to soak up a great deal of punishment, and showed that he has a great chin, even if his skill levels were way below that of the Pole.
Masternak showcased his credentials to the cruiserweight divison, working in well behind a tidy and dishing out some fearsome combinations when he backed his man onto the ropes.
The scorecards all returned 120 - 108 in Masternak's favour, underlining his sheer dominance in what was a very one-sided affair.
Former WBC Youth Cruiserweight Champion Mateusz Masternak takes his 28 - 0 record up against the 18 - 2 - 1 Finnish fighter Juho Haapoja as the main undercard to Arthur Abraham v Mehdi Bouadla.
Masternak, 25, is known as "Master," and that is largely thanks to the Pole's unblemished career record, which includes 21 wins by way of knockout. Masternak is ranked seventh best cruiserweight in the world by Ring Magazine, and knows that an EBU title win will propel him to the next level in the division. Here, he'll look to ruffle the feathers of the division's current best, including the likes of Marco Huck, Lateef Kayode, Guillermo Jones and Yoan Pablo Hernandez.
Haapoja is, himself, the former EBU-EU Cruiserweight champion, having won that vacant title against Faisal Ibnel Arrami in 2011. The 32-year-old Scandinavian previously fought and won regional titles at heavyweight, but dropped down to cruiserweight last year, where he remains unbeaten.
15th December 2012
Jack Culcay moved to 14 - 0 with a whirlwind stoppage of Frenchman Jean Michel Hamilcaro. The 27-year-old WBA Intercontinental Light-Middleweight Champion had too much pace for Hamilcaro, who did well to stick it out until the fifth round when he was knocked down.
Hamilcaro managed to clamber from the canvas and make the count, but Culcay showed a predatory instinct to follow up with a flurry of blows that caused referee Jan Christensen to wave the fight away and hand Culcay a fifth round TKO.