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Boxing | International

King Arthur cruises to victory



Arthur Abraham stopped Mehdi Bouadla in the eighth round to retain his WBO super-middleweight title on Saturday night.

“King Arthur” was in control throughout the bout in Nuremberg, Germany, and completed his first title defence in style.

The veteran raised his record to 35-3, with 27 knockouts, by forcing referee Mark Nelson so intervene 2 minutes 11 seconds into the eighth round.

Bouadla, a Frenchman, was just not in the same class as the German and left the ring with a record of 26-4, including 11 knockouts.

Abraham, 32, won the belt last August when he beat Robert Stieglitz on points. Born in Yerevan in Armenia, the former IBF middleweight champion, had lost only to Carl Froch, Andre Dirrel and Andre Ward.

In his previous outings he beat Robert Stiglietz, Piotr Wilczewski and Pablo Farias after losing three out of four prior to that.

The 30-year-old Bouadla had won 15 of his previous 16 fights, losing on a sixth-round stoppage to Mikkel Kesler in June last year.

On the undercard, Mateusz Masternak remained undefeated and improved his record to 29-0, with 21 knockouts, when he beat Juho Haapoja on points over twelve rounds to claim the vacant European cruiserweight title.

The 37-year-old Michael Sprott produced the surprise of the evening when he beat Edmund Gerber in a heavyweight bout, winning by 97-94 on two cards, with the third judge calling it 95-each.

Sprott improved to 37-19, with 17 knockouts. Gerber lost his unbeaten record when he dropped to 21-1; 14.

In a junior middleweight bout, Jack Culcay stopped Michel Hamilcaro in the fifth round to improve to 14-0; 10. Hamilcaro dropped to 17-5-3; 6.



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