Posted by Press Releases on Nov 1, 2010
Sylvester passes Oral test in style

Sylvester passes Oral test in style

IBF Middleweight Champion Sebastian Sylvester (34-3-1, 16 KOs) made a
successful defence of his title on Saturday night when he outclassed
Mahir Oral (28-3-2, 11 KOs) in front of 4,600 fans in Rostock. The
Hurricane knocked his opponent down three times to clinch a unanimous
points victory, with the judges scoring the bout 119-106, 117-107 and
117-107. “I am pleased with my performance,” Sylvester said. “I knew I
had to catch him to the body. Our game plan worked very well.”

The first four rounds were rather open, despite Sylvester suffering a
deep cut above his right eye following an accidental clash of heads. The
turning point came in the fourth round when he wobbled Oral with big
shots to the head and then followed it up with impressive series of
punches for almost two minutes. However, Oral – nicknamed the Lion –
refused to go down and somehow survived. “I have never seen Sebastian
firing so many explosive shots,” promoter Kalle Sauerland lauded. “His
punching frequency was very impressive. I think overall the performance
today was his best ever.”

Sylvester remained in full control in the following and eventually
knocked Oral down in the eighth and ninth with heavy body shots – just
like in the eleventh round. But Oral got back up and survived until the
end. “His body shots really killed me,” he said afterwards. “I am very
tall for a middleweight so I am quite open to body shots. He fought very
well and deserved to win. I am obviously very, very disappointed.” Said
Chris Meyer, General Manager of Team Sauerland: “Sebastian really put on
a fantastic performance today. He was in full control throughout and
fought very cleverly. But I take my hat off to Mahir who showed his lion
heart today.”

On the undercard, WBA, WBC & WBO female welterweight champion Cecilia
Braekhus clinched her 15th win in as many fights, destroying Mikaela
Lauren – BoxRec´s number two ranked fighter (6-1, 1 KO) – in seven
one-sided rounds. The First Lady displayed her superior boxing skills
from the first bell, constantly hitting her Swedish opponent with her
jab, her strong right and body shots. In the seventh, two right
uppercuts followed by a left sent Lauren down. She scrambled back to her
feet but the referee called the bout off. “This was a great win for me,”
Braekhus said. “I want to keep improving, keep winning titles and defend
my collection against the best fighters out there.”

Heavyweight hopeful Kubrat Pulev (9-0, 5 KOs) also clinched an
impressive point victory over Dominick Guinn (33-7-1, 22 KOs), leaving
the experienced American no chance during eight rounds.

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