5th May 2012
Fiery WBO World Champion Marco Huck retains his belt after a majority decision draw with gutsy London-born Nigerian Ola Afolabi.
After an encouraging start, 32-year-old Afolabi's work became slightly tired as the bulldozing Serbian-born, German-based fighter moved through the gears. As the bell rung at the end of the second, Afolabi appeared to have knocked Huck down, although this wasn't recognised by the referee.
Instead, Huck returned and grew stronger into the middle and late rounds. Afolabi, to his credit, stuck in the fight throughout, and deserves recognition for his perseverance and his willingness to try and win the fight right to the end.
The final round was an absolute ding dong, as both men threw caution to the wind and looked for the decisive, knockout blow. Afolabi and Huck stood toe-to-toe right to the final bell, trading blows to the delight of the Messehalle crowd.
And so to the scorecards it went, with the scores registered at 114-114, 115-113 in favour of Marco Huck, 114-114 for a majority decision draw.
Marco Huck and Ola Afolabi meet in a WBO World Cruiserweight Championship bout for the second time.
Their first fight - in December 2009 - saw Huck take a tight unanimous decision; the judges scoring it 115-113, 116 - 112, 115 - 113.
The two meet, once again, with Afolabi, the current WBO Interim World champion, installed as the mandatory challenger to Huck's crown.
Marco "Captain" Huck returns to cruiserweight to face mandatory challenger, Britain's Ola Afolabi. Huck's last outing saw him unsuccessfully step up to heavyweight, where he challenged Alexander Povetkin for the WBA World Heavyweight strap in one of the fights of 2012 so far.
Born in London and based in Los Angeles, Ola "Kryptonite" Afolabi is a former WBO Interim and WBO Intercontinental Champion at cruiserweight.
With a 19 - 2 - 3 record, Afolabi's most recent defeat - in December 2009 - came when he fought Huck for the WBO World Cruiserweight belt.
5th May 2012
Reigning WBO World Champion Robert Stieglitz takes a straightforward unanimous decision win over tough veteran Nader Hamdan.
Stieglitz enjoyed complete control of the fight from first to last, as reflected on the judges' scorecards of 120 - 108, 117 - 111, 117- 111. The German will now look to his next fight, which will present a significantly greater challenge than the durable but unamibitious Hamdan.
38-year-old Nader Hamdan challenges highly skilled WBO World champ Robert Stieglitz.
30-year-old Stieglitz is a Russian-born, German native fighter known for his high work rate and the prolific number of punches he throws.
The World champion will enter the ring with a 42 - 2 record, with his two defeats both coming by way of stoppage, which shows that there is weakness for the veteran challenger to expose.
Vastly experienced fighter Nader Hamdan will bring a 43 - 9 - 1 record into the ring with him. This fight will be the first time Hamdan has fought outside his native Australia in four and a half years, and represents one of the greatest challenges of his now 15-year-old career.
5th May 2012
Kubrat "The Cobra" Pulev stops Alexander Dimitrenko in the late stages to secure the EBU Heavyweight Championship. It was a bruising encounter for both men, while Dimitrenko's face was left cut and marked all over.
Pulev, on the other hand, never really looked troubled as he showed the strength of both his defensive work and, on occasion, his chin. He scored a powerful knockdown in the penultimate round, causing the Italian referee to wave the fight off.
His defeated opponent, the Ukrainia-born German, deserves credit for the gutsy way he almost went the distance with the new European Heavyweight Champion.
Kubrat "The Cobra" Pulev and Alexander "Sascha" Dimitrenko go
toe-to-toe for the vacant EBU (European) Heavyweight Championship
live from Erfurt, Germany.
30-year-old Bulgarian Pulev has held the IBF International Heavyweight Championship, while 29-year-old Ukraine-born German Dimitrenko is looking to regain the European Heavyweight strap he vacated last year.
Edmund Gerber put in a disappointing performance as he failed to get to grips with 36-year-old Harris' ring craft and strong jab.
Harris appeared to have done enough to take a points decision, despite fighting against home favourite Gerber, but the judges came through with a 97-93, 97-93, 98-94 scoreline all in favour of the young German.
Talented 23-year-old heavyweight Edmund Gerber, 19 - 0, takes on 36-year-old journeyman Maurice Harris, 25 - 15 - 2 on the Marco Huck vs. Ola Afolabi undercard.
Born in Kazakhstan, Gerber is a German national and a rising star on the European heavyweight scene. Fighting in front of a home crowd, he will look to use this bout as a challenging stepping stone on his path to future heavyweight success.
With 15 career losses, Maurice Harris, 36, should pose only a small threat to his German opponent. Hailing from East Orange, New Jersey, USA, Harris is the current USBA Heavyweight Champion, but has never fought for any other professional title.