DIMITRENKO RETAINS EUROPEAN HEAVYWEIGHT BELT
24 September 2011
Dima-Sportcenter, Lohbruegge, Hamburg, Germany
European heavyweight champion Alexander Dimitrenko, 29 years-old of Ukraine based in Germany, scored a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over Michael Sprott, 36 years-old from Great Britain, retaining for the second time his EBU belt.
The champion used his long arms and his 6ft 7in frame to control the distance for much of the action.
Dimitrenko, by circling around the ring on his toes, avoided dangerous exchanges with a hard-hitting opponent and he also tricked Sprott into a lottery without any winning combinations.
However Sprott, shorter at 6ft 1 1/2in, was winging wildly enough to connect frequently, with some of his bombs leaving marks on Dimitrenko's face and almost closing his right eye by the end of the fight.
The champ need time to recover from a low blow in round ten and Sprott was deducted a point by referee Massimo Barrovecchio for hitting after the bell at the conclusion of that round. Sprott was warned for a headbutt in the 11th and was deducted another point for pushing his opponent to the canvas in the 12th.
The decision was unanimous and the scores were 119-108, 117-111 and 116-111.
Dimitrenko improved his mark to 32-1-0 (21 KOs).
Sprott is reportedly 36-17-0 (17 KOs).
American heavyweight “The Ding-A-Ling Man” Darnell Wilson surprisingly won a ten round majority decision to southpaw Juan Carlos Gomez, WBC #7 heavyweight.
Scores were 96-94, 96-94 and 95-95.
Gomez, former unbeaten WBC cruiserweight titlist, worked behind his jab, while Wilson threw big shots connected with regularity late in the fight.
Wilson, 37 years-old, returned to winning way after six straight lost and improved his mark to 24-12-3 (20 KOs).
Gomez, 38 years-old from Cuba, dropped to 49-3-0-1 NC (37 KOs).
Olympic gold medalist Rakhim Chakhkiev, 28 years-old lefty from Russia, scored an impressive fourth round KO over Michael Simms, 37 years-old from Sacramento, California.
Unbeaten Chakhkiev, 11-0-0 (9), proved too fast, too clever and too hard-hitting for a much experienced American.
Chakhkiev dropped Simms, 21-15-0 (13), in round two and put him down for the count in the fourth.
Undefeated heavyweight Denis Boytsov, 25 years-old from Russia, chalked up a sixth round TKO win over Matthew Greer, 34 years-old from St Louis, Missouri.
Boytsov, 29-0-0 (24), battered and busted up the willing and game Greer, 14-7-0 (13), dropping him in round five. The one-sided affair was waved off by the referee in round six.
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