After falling short in his previous two title opportunities in the talented 168 pound weight division, the third time proved to be the charm for former Middleweight Champion Arthur Abraham (35-3, 27 KOs).
At the O2 Arena in Berlin, Germany, the Armenian born fighter defeated former champion Robert Stieglitz (42-3, 23 KOs) by winning a unanimous twelve round decision in a very competitive and entertaining Super Middleweight contest to become the new WBO titlist.
Coming into this crucial bout, most fight scribes believed Abraham to be incapable of winning a world title in the big Super Middleweight division because of his 5'9' frame and 72" reach. The 32 year old fighter proved that his world class power and tight defense could maintain his legitimacy in the packed division.
Although the Russian born boxer/puncher landed effective combinations throughout the entire match, Abraham's shots were the more impactful and damaging.
The newly crowned two division champion was able to cut off the ring effectively and land the cleaner and harder punches inside of the usually reliable Stieglitz defense.
The judges at ringside scored the contest 116-112, 115-113, and 116-112 in favor of "King" Arthur Abraham, handing Stieglitz only his third professional loss in 45 bouts.once again.
Former IBF lightweight champion Paul Spadafora (46-0-1, 19 KOs) won an eight round unanimous decision over Humberto Toledo (41-8-2, 25 KOs) on Saturday night at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort in Chester, West Virginia.
Scores were 80-72 twice and 79-73.
Paul looked superb and fluid in dominating the journeyman over 8 rounds.
Klitschko beats Charr on cut - TKO
WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (45-2, 41 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over previously unbeaten Manuel Charr (21-1, 11 KOs) on Saturday night at the Olimpiyskiy Arena in Moscow, Russia. The bout was immediately stopped by the referee and ring doctor after a cut suffered by Charr over his right eye in round four. Charr was extremely angry about the stoppage and his corner was never given a chance to try to stop the blood.
Tyson Fury improved his record to 19-0 with a fifth-round technical knockout over Vinny Maddalone of New York.
Fury controlled the fight from the onset and stunned Maddalone with a combination in the opening round. Fury continued to land heavy punches and opened a cut under his opponent's left eye in the fourth. In Round 5, with Maddalone taking punches, the referee stepped in and called and end to the bout with blood streaming out of the cut under the veteran's left eye.
"I knew it was a matter of time. I actually called the referee over, he was taking some big shots. I'm still undefeated. I would like to say I'm ready for anyone in the world. Klitschkos, bring them on. Americans, bring them on. Bring on Tomasz Adamek. He's too small for me and I see an early win for me."
- Tyson Fury
"It (a Klitschko fight) is getting closer. Two, maybe three (fights away). We'll go into that fight when he's ready to do a job on them. We're still one fight at a time. He's 23. To pull off a result like that tonight was unbelievable. That was a masterclass. I'm liking Adamek (next), either here or in the US."
- Fury's promoter Mick Hennessy
Mike Tyson vs. Michael Spinks was one the most anticipated events in professional sports. It took place on 27 June 1988 and both men were undefeated and each had a claim to being the legitimate heavyweight champion.
Tyson held the WBA, WBC and IBF belts, while Spinks held the Ring Magazine belt and was considered the lineal champion.
Held at the Atlantic City Convention Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey and promoted as "once and for all", it was the richest fight in boxing history to that point, grossing some $70 million.
Michael Spinks had been world light-heavyweight champion from 1981-85, going undefeated in the division and making 10 successful title defences. In 1985 he moved up to heavyweight and challenged long-reigning IBF and Ring champion Larry Holmes, winning by a close decision. In doing so Spinks became the first reigning light-heavyweight champion to win the heavyweight title. Spinks defeated Holmes again in a rematch and then successfully defended his title against Steffen Tangstad and Gerry Cooney. He was stripped of his IBF belt for not facing Tony Tucker but as he held the lineal title and remained undefeated, some continued to recognise him as the true heavyweight champion.
Mike Tyson turned professional in 1985 and won his first 19 fights by knockout, quickly garnering media attention and establishing an "aura of invincibility". In November 1986 Tyson knocked out Trevor Berbick to win the WBC heavyweight title; at 20 years old, Tyson was the youngest heavyweight champion in history. He followed up by beating WBA champion James 'Bonecrusher' Smith and IBF champion Tony Tucker to unify all three major belts. He also knocked out three other former world champions: Pinklon Thomas, Tony Tubbs and Larry Holmes. By 1988 Tyson had become "the most talked about - and marketable - heavyweight champion since Muhammad Ali".
Tyson attacked Spinks from the opening bell, landing a solid left hook in the first ten seconds and forcing Spinks to cover up. Spinks clinched and was driven back to the ropes by another Tyson attack. He moved off the ropes but Tyson trapped him again; a left uppercut and a right hand to the body forced Spinks to take a knee after a minute, the first time Spinks had been knocked down in his professional career. Spinks took a count of four before rising. As the two men moved towards each other Tyson turned away from a Spinks right hand and responded with a left-right combination to the head which put Spinks down again. This time he was unable to rise and referee Frank Cappuccino counted him out.
The fight was over after 91 seconds.
Klitschko vs Thompson 2
Time: 4:30 EST/ 9:30 PM London/ 10:30 PM Hamburg
On Tuesday, May 8th, 2012, the first press conference in support of the upcoming July 7th, rematch between universally recognized Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko and IBF mandatory title challenger Tony "The Tiger" Thompson took place in Bern, Switzerland.
In what will be the second pairing of the two giant fighters, Wladimir Klitschko and Tony Thompson will meet again in the ring almost exactly four years to the day since their initial clash at the Color Line Arena in Hamburg, Germany, which took place on July 12th, 2008.
The first IBF title opportunity for the American contender resulted in an eleventh round TKO loss at the hands of the Ukrainian born fighter more affectionately known as "Dr. Steelhammer".
Since losing their initial contest in July of 2008, Tony Thompson has won five consecutive bouts by knock-out and has patiently waited for a return bout with the Ukrainian born champion.
Thompson insists that he has thought of little else since that moment.
"Beating Wladimir Klitschko in a rematch has been the only thing that has driven me," admits the 40 year old Washington D.C. native. "Everything else has been secondary since getting stopped in front of my wife and friends back in 2008. I have one drive and one goal right now...and that is to defeat Wladimir and become the universally recognized heavyweight champion of the world."
Fight legend Roy Jones Jr. (55-8, 40 KO) will rumble with Dawid Kostecki in the latter's native Poland on June 30.
Jones, who dominated the boxing scene from 1993 to 2004, was a an exceptional multi-talented figher who was extremely quick and possessed fine punching power. The consensus 'Fighter of the 1990s,' the 43 year old Jones has won world titles at middleweight, super middleweight, light heavyweight and heavyweight and is undoubtedly one of the greatest fighters ever.
After losing 7 of his last 12 bouts in the world class arena, the former four division world champion picked up his 55th victory on December 10th against an over-matched Max Alexander via 10 round unanimous decision in his most recent outing. But despite winning nearly every round against Alexander, Jones failed to dominate the action as his unheralded opponent was surprisingly competitive.
Roy Jones' lackluster performances since 2003 including his knockout losses to Antonio Tarver, Danny Green, Glen Johnson and Denis Lebedev have many questioning the legend's continued involvement in the sport.
Who is Dawid Kostecki?
Although the 30 year old Pole hasn't received much attention outside his native land, the '6'0" (183 cm) Kostecki sports a sweet record of 39-1 with 25 knockouts. His sole loss came over six years ago to Rachid Kanfouah (then 25-5) in an arguably close bout that saw both men taste the canvas.
The Pole has campaigned primarily as a light heavyweight and sometimes a small cruiserweight and the only recognizable name on Kostecki's resume is Byron Mitchell, a well-past-his-prime former super middleweight champion whom Dawid knocked out last year.
Kostecki is rated by BoxRec as Poland's No.1 light heavyweight and No. 15 overall in the division. How good is Dawid Kostecki? He's rated above Zsolt Erdei, Chris Henry and Ismayl Sillakh by the same site.