In a clash of unbeaten welterweights, Sebastian Formella (21-0, 10 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision to dethrone IBO titleholder Thulani Mbenge (15-1, 12 KOs) on Saturday night at the CU Arena in Hamburg, Germany. Mbenge, who travelled to his challenger’s hometown, often pressed the action but judges preferred Formella boxing tactics. Scores were 116-112, 114-113, 115-112. Mbenge was deducted a point for a low blow in round nine.
Former light heavyweight world title challenger Igor Mikhalkin (23-2, 10 KOs) dominated Timur Nikarkhoev (21-3, 14 KOs) over twelve rounds in a bout for the IBO interim title. Scores were 119-109, 120-108, 120-108. Continue reading “Formella, Mikhalkin win IBO titles”