Stieglitz retains WBO belt, Charr and Zaveck defeat foes in Leipzig

Phil Jay 19/10/2013

WBO super-middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz made light work of challenger Isaac Ekpo at the Messhalle in Sachsen to inflict a second defeat on the Nigerian with a wide points win.

The two-time world champion comprehensively triumphed 118-110 (twice) and 119-109 on the scorecards to head towards a potential third fight with recent rival Arthur Abraham in good shape.

In chief support, former world heavyweight title challenger Manuel Charr scored a technical knockout victory over experienced Russian Denis Bakhtov in the sixth to continue his march towards a second shot at a Klitschko brother.

The ‘Diamond Boy’ proved to be the stronger fighter of the two in a match-up that failed to excite and now hopes to land a rematch with Vitali Klitschko after suffering a loss to the WBC champion in September 2012.

Charr, 29, was due to face David Haye earlier this year until the Briton pulled out through injury, but has firmly fixed his sights on avenging his only loss following the fourth round stoppage loss to Vitali – which he claims was down to an injury.

Also on the Leipzig bill, Germany-based Slovenian Jan Zaveck made a successful return to the ring following his recent loss to US prospect Keith Thurman with a straightforward eight round points win over Frenchman Sebastien Allais.

The 37 year-old, who held the IBF welterweight title from 2009 to 2011, had way too much experience and ring savvy for Allais and was awarded an 80-71 (twice), 79-73 decision victory by the judges.

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