Jermell Charlo and Tony Harrison Win Big, Khytrov Wins NABF
By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent
Hamburg, Germany (November 1, 2015)– Saturday October 31, 2015, was a major day for keep busy fighters in boxing, and featured an incredible 23 bout card in Hamburg, Germany which went off successfully. However, it was not a day of major world title bouts or big names. Some of the fighters who won were at least noteworthy and deserve recognition. One crossroads bout ended in a No-Contest.
Bouts took place in the United States, United Kingdom, Switzerland, South Korea, Slovakia, Philippines, Nicaragua, Mexico, Italy, Indonesia, India, Greece, Germany, France, Czech Republic, Croatia, Brazil, Australia and Argentina.
Light heavyweight contender Isidor Ranoni Prieto rebounded from a 12 round WBC Silver title bout loss to Eleider Alvarez in Montreal last August for the right to fight Isaac Chilemba in a WBC eliminator. Piero, 25-1-3, Buenos Aires, Argentina, originally from Paraguay, knocked out Mohamad Said, a 42-10-1 Syrian fighting out of Sao Paulo, Brazil, in the second round to win his seventh consecutive WBO Latino title bout. Said is a 41 year old middleweight who went in weight for this bout.
In France, Frenchman Karim Achour, 20-4-3, won the vacant European Middleweight title by tenth round stoppage over 23-3-2 Moez Fhima, a Tunisian fighting out of France. In Germany, the 23 bout card in Hamburg featured three Global Boxing Council regional and world title bouts in the main event, two which went ten rounds, one of them a split decision.
In Ferrara, Italy, rising 16-1 Marcello Matano made his second defense of the IBF Inter-Continental World Super Welterweight title by 12 round decision over Germany’s 20-1 Nick Klappert, who has won in such countries as Poland, Panama, the United Kingdom and Luxembourg. Klappert did not get this particular IBF decision in Italy, however.
In an all-Mexico City war, 28-5 Dante ‘Crazy’ Jardon made his second defense of the WBC International Lightweight title with a 10 round decision over Reyes Sanchez. A bout in Tijuana, Mexico, between 23-1 welterweight Jose Zepeda of California and 28-9-1 Jose Alfaro of Nicaragua ended in a No-Contest after the first round after Zepeda was cut under the left eye after an accidental clash of heads.
In the Ukraine, 27-2 heavyweight Andriy Rudenko stopped 22-14-2 Konstantin Airich of Hamburg in the fifth round. Middleweight Ievgen Khytrov knocked out Missouri’s Josh Luteran in the second round to win the vacant NABF and USNBC middleweight titles.
In Houston, Texas, 27-0 Jermall Charlo, whose twin brother Jermell holds the IBF World Junior Middleweight title, stopped Joachim Alcine in the sixth round, and then called out the retired Floyd Mayweather Jr. Alcine, 35-8-2, Laval, Canada, 39 years old, may retire after this loss-having won only three of his last 15 bouts despite decisioning David Lemieux.
22-1 Detroit middleweight Tony Harrison won a 10 round decision over Cecil McCalla in the Houston preliminary to the main event, with scored of 100-90, 98-92, and 98-92. It was a significant comeback for Harrison after his loss to Willie Nelson. McCalla, Randallstown, Maryland, faded as he lost his third straight bout by decision after starting his career 20-0.
Former WBO World Super Lightweight champion, southpaw, DeMarcus ‘Chop-Chop’ Corley, 42-24-1, was among those who fought on the Houston 14 bout card.