Formella, Mikhalkin win IBO titles

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.

Cruiserweight Nikola Milacic (20-1, 14 KOs) needed just 40 seconds to take out 42-year-old Kai Kurzawa (38-8, 26 KOs).

Unbeaten heavyweight Erik Pfeifer (6-0, 4 KOs) scored a third round TKO over 43-year-old former world title challenger Epifanio Mendoza (43-29-1, 37 KOs).

Heavyweight Michael Wallisch (20-2, 13 KOs) stopped Abdulnaser Delalic (5-5, 5 KOs) in round two.

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  • I was frustrated with Mikhalkins performance he should have gone for the late round stoppage. Formella looked for all the world he’d be stopped mid rounds but worked his way back in. Very good fight. Thanks Boxnation.

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