By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent
Quebec City, Canada (September 24th, 2021)– The career of former European Boxing champion Erkan Teper is probably over at age 39. Teper, 21-4 with 13 knockouts, Ahlen, Germany, was knocked down three times in the first round by 13-0 Russian Federation Heavyweight prospect Arslanbek Makhmudov, and did not answer the bell for the second round. It goes down as a referee’s technical stop in one.
Makhmudov retained the NABA and NABF regional heavyweight titles at Centre Videotron, Quebec City, Canada, on September 23, 2021. Teper lost his fourth consecutive attempt to win IBF, WBO, NABA and NABF regional heavyweight titles.
Teper, like Muhammad Ali and others who stuck around too long, aged out. Teper never left the confines of Germany where he was a protected fighter, which ultimately did not help his cause when he opted to fight outside of Germany for the first time. Teper did better against some main event heavyweights in the past. He went eight rounds with Robert Helenius, 12 rounds with Christian Hammer, and 12 rounds with Mariusz Wach. Teper began his career at age 28 with 16 consecutive wins, but had never fought outside of Germany on foreign soil. Needless to say, it was not a good trip abroad for Teper, whose last win was in February 2020, a four round decision over a 1-2 opponent, the sort of win which hardly qualified him a main event regional title bout against a contender 19 months later. Before his four round decision win in 2020, Teper had a third round stoppage win over a fighter with a record of 3-28 in June 2019. These are the sort of bouts which are worthless wins, because they do not prepare you for a main event hard hitter.
Against Makhmudov, Teper, weighing a career high blubbery 264 pounds at age 39, looked slow, flat footed, and got clubbed to the canvas after the ring was substantially cut off, and he was too heavy to move. For Makhmudov, 260 pounds was his lowest fighting weight in his past eight fights going back three years. Makhmudov appeared prepared for this bout. Teper looked unprepared for the bout, boxed in a haze, and went down lost in a fog.
Makhmudov retains NABA and NABF Heavyweight titles
Teper was down three times in the first round. Bout stopped between rounds.
Referee: Steve St. Germain