Wuppertal, Germany - When AGON Sports announced this show for Wuppertal it was to be the hot all German matchup for the vacant EBU super welterweight title between local hero and AGON fighter Jama Saidi and Abass Baraou that headlined. However, Saidi failed the medical due to a heart condition that might force his retirement. The show still went ahead and it was a good one.
Middleweight Vincenzo "Il Capo" Gualtieri (20-0-1) retained a regional IBF middleweight title as he outscored Italian challenger Vincenzo Bevilacqua (18-2) after twelve one-sided rounds. Gualtieri is a slick boxer, who enjoys making his opponents miss but fails to make them pay as he prefers to pose a bit. In Bivalacqua he had an opponent who couldn´t hurt him and who seemed content to last the distance - which he did. It was scored 118-110 twice and 116-112 - all numbers that looked generous to BIvalacqua.
Bjorn Schicke (20-1-1) won the rematch against Marten Arsumanjan (12-2-2) and thus won the EU middleweight after an exciting, fast paced, foul-filled fight between two evenly matched fighters. Arsumanjan had speed, power and skills on his side while Schicke had learned the lessons from the first fight where he was stopped and put pressure on his opponent, didn't give him any breathing space and worked hard. Schicke was stunned in the first and Arsumanjan smiled and posed and it looked like history would repeat itself. But this time Schicke came back and hurt Arsumanjan in the fifth and moments later the champion was on the floor. Marten recovered though and from that point on it was back and forth with both having their moments. At the end the three judges all had it 115-112 for the new champion.
IBF I-C super welterweight champ Haro Matevosyan (16-0) retained the title against Mexican Jhony Montano (35-17-2) with a wide unanimous decision. Matevosyan controlled the action, showed good defense but could never hurt his opponent. It was scored 118-110 twice and 116-112. There were no knockdowns and little drama.
Big heavyweight Granti Shala moved to 12-0 with a unanimous points win over Argentinian Kevin Espindola (7-6). Shala boxed carefully behind the jab while Espindola kept smiling and nodding his head with every punch his opponent landed. Kevin looked dangerous throughout but outside of a left hook late in the fifth never landed anything significant.
Spanish super middleweight Jose Luis Navarro Gomez (6-0, 6 KO´s) stopped and handed Dimitar Tilev (15-1) his first loss and stopped him in the second. The fight was even but it was obvious that both had power to hurt the other. A short left hook from the Spaniard put Tilev down and he was hurt for real. The fight was allowed to continue but after another left hook rocked Tilev the towel came in and it was stopped at 2.26 with Tilev's right swollen and bleeding.
Welterweight Nathanael Lukoki (6-0) outscored Italian southpaw Luca Maccaroni (17-10-4) in a fast paced six-rounder. Maccaroni, much shorter, was outboxed by the stylish Lukoki but put up a good performance.
Argentinian middleweight Mateo Veron (29-29-4) and German Thomas Piccirillo (10-0-4) drew over eight and it was a close fight with Veron, a slick veteran, who knows every trick in the book, used the ring well while Piccirillo, very un-German in his style, likes to fight on the inside but could seldom find the range. Veron put together a strong finish and got a split draw for his efforts.
In the show opener heavyweight Alexander Mueller von Berge (5-0) outscored Italian Alfonso Damiani (5-2). von Berge floored his opponent with a left hook in the first and the end looked near, but Damiani battled back and the German had to settle for a clear win on points.