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2004 Olympic gold medalist Alexander Povetkin just stopped Chris Byrd in round eleven on Saturday at the Messehalle in Erfurt, Germany. The IBF heavyweight elimination bout ended when Byrd's corner threw in the towel with Byrd under heavy fire. More to come......
Hard-hitting heavyweight Oleg Platov beat Miyan Solomons by TKO in the second round at 2:29 minutes of their short but sweet heavyweight brawl. It was a toe-to-toe battle, as both fighters exchanged devastatings hooks and uppercuts. And both fighters had some success landing punches. Already in the first round, it seemed like referee Klaus Griesel warned Solomons about fouls that never happened. Then, in the second round, as Platov landed a big left hook that stunned his foe. After a good follow-up exchange, Solomons went down from what seemed like a push. Referee Griesel, however, ruled it a knockdown then he immediatly halted the action without even counting. The crowd booed the very controversial stoppage by Griesel. With the win, Platov moves to 26-1 with 22 KOs, while Solomons falls to 9-4.Former super middleweight world title challenger Mads Larsen scored a workman-like unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Emiliano Cayetano. Larsen outboxed his foe from the opening bell but was knocked down by a hard right hand at the end of the first. From this point on, the former European titlelist used his southpaw jab to keep the distance and win rounds. However, Cayetano was always dangerous, especially with his straight right hand. But Larsen fought a smart enough fight to not get caught again like he was in the opening stanza. He dominated most of the remaining rounds and won deserved by scores of 79-75, 79-73 and 78-73. It was the third victory of Larsen’s comeback after a three-year absent from the ring. He moves to 49-2 and hopes to land another title shot soon.Tomasz Hutkowski was unable to get by journeyman Blanchard Kalambay. After six hard fought rounds, the judges scored the cruiserweight bout to a draw. Hutkowski stays now at 9-0-1, Kalambay at 3-4-2.Cruiserweight prospect Yoan Pablo Hernandez from Cuba passed the toughest test of his young career as he easily decisioned experienced Ismail Abdoul over eight rounds. Hernandez showed his great skills and speed as he completly outboxed Abdoul, who went the distance with guys like Marco Huck, David Haye or Rudolf Kraj and was only stopped once in his career. At the end of the seventh round, a combination of punches finally stunned the Belgian. However, the bell saved him. Hernandez went for the kill again in the final round but couldn’t land any significant punches. After eight rounds of action, all judges scored the bout 80-72 for Hernandez, who kept his perfect record intact and moves to 13-0. Abdoul falls to 28-15-2, losing his fifth straight bout.Cruiserweight Vladimir Povetkin, younger brother of heavyweight contender Alexander Povetkin, defeated Henry Raetz by unanimous decision in the opening bout of the night. Povetkin, at 27 years old, moves to 4-0.In a cruiserweight bout scheduled for six rounds, Lukasz Janik from Poland scored a uanimous decision over journeyman Sinisa Puljak, who gave Janik a hard time in some rounds. Janik stays unbeaten at 7-0.Undefeated Thomas “TNT” Troelenberg from Berlin scored a hard-fought eight round unanimous decision over Olegs Fedotovs in a middleweight affair. It smelled like a upset in the first couple of rounds, as Fedotovs repeatedly stunned his foe. But as the bout wore on, Troelenberg started to connect with the better shots. Fedotovs also lost two points for spitting out his mouthpiece, making it a deserving victory after a lackluster early performance by Troelenberg, who moves to 13-0.Jimmy Kapanov from Russia scored a expected victory over 0-3 Laszlo Czene. Kapanov scored two knockdowns with body punches in the first round, forcing the referee to stop the cruiserweight bout at 2:53 minutes. Kapanov moves to 3-0 with two KOs.
 
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