Posted by MICHAEL AMAKOR on Jan 22, 2011


By Michael Amakor

May 28th, 2005 – Germany’s Luan “The Lion” Karsniqi knocked out NABA Heavyweight and WBO NABO Heavyweight Champion Lance”Whoopi” Whitaker in the sixth round to become the mandatory challenger for the WBO Heavyweight Belt currently held by Lamon Brewster at the Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle, Stuttgart in far away Germany.

Whoopi who was the number one ranked WBO contender before this bout usually talks a good game, and for this fight he went the extra step by hiring the services of Steve”Crocodile” Fitch – Mike Tyson’s former sunglassed military style, loud mouthed, trash talking speaker to add to the intimidation quotient of his entourage. Whoopi appeared to be in shape as he worked out for the press in the pre-fight hype as the Crocodile repeatedly predicted the destruction of the Lion to all. Whoopi backed up by the threats of his entourage and a crocodile even refused to shake hands with a vilianized Karsniqi who pushed him igniting a scuffle that nearly degenerated into a laughable riot with Whoopi threatening “I’m gonna knock him out today, I’m not gonna wait “til tomorrow, All these antics built up our expectations for a great long fight.

The bout was a stark contrast to all the Whoopi pre-fight braggadio as a seemingly angry Krasniqi comprehensively out-boxed him through the first five rounds before unleashing a right cross to the head in the sixth round that put Whoopi flat on his back for the first time in his career. We all stared in horror as Whoopi was unable to raise his 253.5 pound, six feet foot eight inch frame from off the canvas forcing the referee to halt the contest at the 2.33 minute of the round. Amazing.

Prior to this fight not much was known about the German since he has restricted most of his campaigns across the pond in Europe. To his credit he is the reigning European Heavyweight Champion and has so far amassed a record of twenty seven victories, suffering only one defeat and a draw. This victory against a high caliber veteran like Whoopi has finally showcased his ability on the world stage and catapulted him into the seventh ranked heavyweight in the world slot according to Boxrec.Com,

A review of his record shows decision wins over vaguely recognizable fighters like Sanil Sam Samil, Julius Francis and a draw against Timo Hoffman. Most boxing fans are going to place him as a favorite to dethrone Lamon Brewster for the WBO Crown but boxing experts should be wary of jumping on this bandwagon as ramrod stiff European style fighters are extremely prone to American uppercuts. His true pedigree will be revealed after the Brewster fight- That is if the fight even happens.

Punch On


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Michael “Keep Punching” Amakor has been the Chief Scribe of popular boxing website FightKings.Com since 2003. He has written over 100 articles about boxing that have been vicariously read and extensively blogged across the internet and on major boxing websites. He can be seen regularly at the fights giving round by round commentary and he is a regular commentator on the boxing radio and TV circuit.

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