Magdeburg, Germany - Dominic Boesel (32-2) regained the IBO light heavyweight title with a close split decision over stablemate Robin Krasniqi (51-7) in the headliner of SES show at the Getec Arena. It was scored 116-112 Boesel and 115-114 both ways. Boxing Scene had it 115-113 for Boesel in an exciting hard-fought battle with no knockdowns.
Krasniqi started fast, probably too fast, and while he was too fast for the challenger he also spent a lot of energy and by the fifth he slowed down. Boesel was more steady, kept coming, protecting himself well. Later in the fight there were many heated exchanges with Krasniqi trying to get in and out but often had to hold on to stay out of trouble.
Boesel pulled ahead in rounds nine through eleven but Krasniqi tried hard in the final round to turn it around but it was too little too late.
When Krasniqi stopped Boesel the first time they fought the WBA Interim title was at stake. That title is now gone so this was a WBA eliminator.
German heavyweight champion - BDB version - Peter Kadiru (12-0) retained the title with a wide points win over brave but outclassed challenger Boris Estenfelder (11-3-1). It was scored a too close 99-91 and 98-92 from two of the judges while the third had 100-88 in this no knockdown affair.
Estenfelder was very stubborn and shook some big punches but Kadiru was a bit one-dimensional in his boxing and could never hurt his opponent.
SES' cruiser Roman Fress (14-0) retained the WBO I-C title with a unanimous decision over tough Italian Luca D'Ortenzi (15-2). It was scored 95-94 and 97-92 twice.
Fress made a good start but was stunned by a right hook in the fourth. Late in the round Fress went down but it was more an off balance thing. D'Ortenzi kept coming though and an upset was in the air but Fress figured his opponent out, made him miss and worked well behind the jab.
Fress is trained by former world champ Robert Stieglitz and fights very much the way his coach - but not that well (at least not yet).
Big, bull like Turkish heavyweight Umut Camkiran (16-0, 15 early endings) wore down much smaller Bosnian Dorde Tomic (3-4). Tomic was hurt by Camkiran's heavy hooks and retired with a busted nose after the third round. It was scheduled for six.
Touted heavyweight Viktor Jurk turned pro and had it easy with Hungarian slugger Zoltan Csala (12-26). Csala never seemed hurt but went down four times in the 1.46 the fight lasted.
Welterweight Julian Vogel (5-0) got a good learning fight from Bakhtiyar Isgandarzada (18-33-2). Vogel won every round though in their four rounder.
Cruiserweight Ammar Riad Abduljabbar made his pro debut and stopped Ukrainian Sviatoslav Syvryd (5-4) 2.50 of the first round. Syvryd was hurt by body punches and was floored twice before the towel came in.