Agit Kabayel retained his WBA Continental heavyweight title with a wide unanimous decision win over veteran Kevin Johnson on Saturday at the Seebühnee Elbauenpark in Magdeburg, Germany.
The undefeated German won the scorecards of 118-111, 118-111, and 119-110, which show who was better in the ring despite the entertaining bout.
The champion was able to keep the American fight at a distance, especially in the first half of the fight, which he dominated at ease with the good use of the jab and the right hand as his main weapon to do damage.
However, as the rounds went by, Johnson was able to decipher the puzzle and managed to land several power punches that actually had Kabayel in some trouble in the sixth round.
Kabayel regrouped and the fight was quite competitive in the final few rounds although the local fighter was able to hold the advantage and use all his tools to win as they traded punches to close the show.
This was the 28-year-old’s 21st victory in his career (with 13 knockouts), while Johnson, a 41-year-old veteran, now has a record of 35 wins, 18 losses, 1 draw, and 19 KOs.
Roman Fress had his last fight in December 2020 and was able to more clearly show his dominance in the German cruiserweight division with a spectacular knockout victory.
The unbeaten Fress was able to secure the first belt of a world association in his 13th professional fight, by picking up the WBO Inter-Continental championship. On the Magdeburg lake stage, the 27-year-old SES cruiserweight was clearly determined against another fellow unbeaten, Belgian Kamel Kouaouch, who was outboxed in the first five rounds.
Fress ended this first major international test with a spectacular uppercut in the sixth round. The knockout victory completely convinced his trainer, ex-world champion Robert Stieglitz, that his boxer is ready for bigger things.
SES promoter Ulf Steinforth said - “We saw a great event for our anniversary. There were 1000 spectators and everything went smoothly, including the tests. With the defense of the title by Agit Kabayel, a great knockout victory by Roman Fress and the well-deserved junior world championship for Michael Eifert, we showed very good boxing. Three other young “Team Germany” boxers have shown that we are also well positioned for the future. So, a great sporty conclusion."