22 January 2011
Palais des sports Marcel Cerdan, Levallois-Perret, France
promoter: S.C. Levallois (Cyril Seror)
Danny McIntosh Stops Thierry Karl
Norwich hero destroyed 26-years-old home favourite Thierry Karl stopping him with in dramatic fashion with a crashing right hand in round 11 to claim the vacant European light-heavyweight title.
McIntosh was well behind on the scorecards (96-93 Massimo Barrovecchio, 96-93 Manuel Maritxalar and 96-93 Anssi Perajoki).
McIntosh, 30-yars-old, had shown signs of a comeback by hitting Karl with a host of right-handers in the 10th and then finished the job one round later as he sent the Frenchman to the canvas with a final furious flurry.
He came up with the huge shot which left Karl out on his feet and prompted the referee's intervention.
Both fighters recklessly swapped bombs in the early exchanges.
The starting rounds were mostly in Karl's favour as WBC #8 and WBA #12 ranked 175lber showed some undeniable desire to win the fight.
In the eighth Italian referee Guido Cavalleri took a point off McIntosh for hitting behind the back of the head and some roughhouse tactics.
Many times a brace of rights rattled McIntosh during the match but the Briton refused to give ground and he almost dislodged Karl’s gumshield with a retaliatory attack of his own.
The only thing McIntosh ignored in the process was boxing and hitting his opponent with his punches.
Karl did connect with some punches but otherwise his reflexes, his speed and his punches proved to be too soft for the British fighter.
Finally, in the eleventh stanza Karl's tank was almost empty. Feeling a proxmity of an upset, McIntosh doubled his punch output and his desire and soon got Karl into trouble. He delivered punches at will until referee stepped in to take Karl out of ropes.
It was a career-best win for the Briton, who was stopped in a British title bid by Nathan Cleverly (WBO interim champion now) in 2009 and had had only two low-key victories before seizing his chance against Karl.
McIntosh raised his mark to 13-1-0 (7), while Karl fell to 28-5-0 (18).
Women: Bantamweights, Hagar Shmoulefeld-Finer W PTS 10 SD Nadege Szikora
(Shmoulefeld-Finer retained her WIBF bantamweight title)
Supermiddleweights, Rachid Jkitou W PTS 8 Ivan Maslov,
Middleweights, Yohan Fauveau W PTS 6 Zahari Mutafchiev,
Superlightweights, Christophe De Busillet W TKO 6 Christopher Sebire,
Superlightweights, Denis Farias W PTS 6 Alex Bone,
Lightweights, Aghilase Ait-Aoudia W PTS 6 Nourdine Boussekine.
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