Formella retains IBO title, Kadiru wins by TKO

Photos: Team SES / Gercke + Helmke

IBO welterweight champion Sebastian Formella (22-0, 10 KOs) of Germany soundly defeated Nicaraguan Roberto Arriaza (18-2, 14 KOs) on Saturday night at the sold out Edel-Optics.de Arena in Hamburg, Germany.
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Arriaza started out strong landing some very solid overhand rights. It actually looked like he was on his way to pulling off the upset. Formella completely turned the fight around by the midway point beating Arriaza at all facets, outboxing him and actually beating him to the punch in exchanges. Although never really hurting Arriaza, he comfortably racked up the points en route to the unanimous decision. The official judges’ scorecards 118-110, 117-111, and 116-112.

Unbeaten heavyweight prospect Peter Kadiru (7-0, 3 KOs) of Germany excited the hometown fans with a thrilling sixth round TKO over Czech Tomas Salek (11-2, 9 KOs).

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It was a well-matched fight as Kadiru displayed his skills and hand speed but Salek kept coming landing his share of power shots early. Kadiru turned it up in the beginning of round six with a barrage of punches including a pinpoint uppercut that put the ironed-chinned Salek down. Salek beat the count and was actually even firing back. Another uppercut put Salek down again and the referee had seen enough and waved the bout off.

Salek’s cornerman appeared ready to throw in the towel in case the referee did not stop it as Salek actually beat the count. He had been taking a lot of flush punches in round six. Time was 2:20.

Kadiru won the vacant World Boxing Council Youth heavyweight title.

Unbeaten German cruiserweight Roman Fress (10-0, 5 KOs) won a hard-earned ten round unanimous decision over the very game Matteo Rondena (9-5, 7 KOs) of Italy in a bout for the German (BDB) International title. Scores were 99-92, 96-94, 98-93.

43-year-old veteran cruiserweight Nuri “Albanian Tyson” Seferi (41-9, 23 KOs) stopped Mazen Girke (15-108-6, 2 KOs) in round five.

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Nenad Stancic W6 Nukri Gamgebeli (lightweight)
Ilya Mezencev W6 Attila Kalman (heavyweight)
Volkan Gökcek TKO2 Bakhtiyar Isgandarzada (super lightweight)

The card was a co-promotion between SES Boxing and EC Boxing drawing 3,000+ spectators to the sold out Edel-optics.de Arena and a huge television viewing audience on MDR.


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  • Time for T. Crawford to offer a fight to Formella, even if Crawford has to go Germany to do this. Formella may be one of the top 3 welterweights out of Europe. Crawford and Formella are not getting any younger, both are 32. But these guys think 32 is young in boxing nowadays compared to the past. It is still getting older for a boxer, even in 2020. Crawford likes to say he wants Spence, not going to happen (no one knows if Spence is going to do much with boxing after 1 comeback fight). Crawford can fight a guy like Formella, who probably deserves a shot either in NY or Germany, or he can take the call from Golden Boy and go fight Teixeira for the WBO belt at 154. Also, Besputin vs Crawford should be easy to make, both w/ Top Rank.

    • Sorry but Crawford don’t give a shit about your Formella, he wants big money fights now not a guy no one knows.. he wants Pacman, Spence or Thurman this kind of names..

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