Dimitrenko KOs (14-0) Granat in First, When Heavyweight Tune Up on Prospect
By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent
Hamburg, Germany (March 19th, 2017)– How often does it happen when the tune up fighter paid to come in tunes up on the prospect he was supposed to lose to instead? It happens more often than boxing fans fight think. Some fighters do get exposed. Ingemar Johansson’s 14-0 heavyweight prospect Adrian Grant was not. Long forgotten German heavyweight Alexander Dimitrenko, 40-3 with 26 knockouts, Hamburg, Germany, decided to go into Malmo, Sweden, Granat’s hometown, and knockout the hometown favorite in the first round of their featured main event bout.
On Saturday March 18, 2017, at Baltiska Hallen, in Malmo, Sweden, in the sixth and final bout of the card, Granat lost the International Boxing Federation International Heavyweight title in his first defense, as Dimitrenko, who has lost only to Eddie Chambers, Kubrat Pulev, and Joseph Parker during his career, knocked Granat out at 2:07 of the first round.
Looking under the microscope, Dimitrenko, 34, has been boxing as a professional for 16 years. Two of his losses were to number one heavyweight contenders, and the third loss was to a current world heavy weight champion. Do the math. Dimitrenko is not a tune up, but a local club fighter like Granat is a tune up for him. Easy pickings are tailor made. While Dimitrenko may never fight for a world title, he demonstrated with this win (much like American heavyweight Jerry Quarry demonstrated in the first round at Wembley in London against Jack Bodell in Europe many years ago) he is at least worthy of better opposition. Yet another example of where professional records in boxing mean absolutely nothing.
Result: Alexander Dimitrenko KO 1 Adrian Granat, Heavyweights (2:07)
Dimitrenko wins the International Boxing Federation Heavyweight International title
Referee: Timo Habighorst. 14-0 prospect Granat got knocked out in his hometown.