Two championship fights involving the World Boxing Federation (WBF) took place on Saturday night, May 30, as Mischa Nigg won the vacant WBF International Super Middleweight title, and Nina Stojanovic captured the Unified Womens World Super Flyweight crown.
In Switzerland, in front of a packed and sold-out Barensaal in Worb, local hero Nigg came through his biggest test so far in impressive fashion as he over-powered game but out-gunned co-challenger Ramazi Gogichashvili from Georgia in four rounds.
Promoted by Boxteam Thun Oberland in association with Boxing Kings, Nigg proved the much stronger man from the start and marched forward with power-punches from both hands. Gogichashvili proved to be a good boxer, and occasionally had some success with his sharp left hook, but couldn’t keep Nigg at bay.
After suffering a bloody nose in the first round Nigg started to work well to the body, and in round four he send Gogichahsvili to the canvas twice with well-placed body-shots. The second knock-down ended the fight at 2:00 of the round, as referee Fabian Guggenheim waved it off.
The new WBF International champion, 27-years old and a pro for just over two years, improved his professional record to 9-1 (8), while Gogichashvili, the younger man by seven years but much more experienced boxer, drops to 17-6-2 (8).
Eva Voraberger won the WBF and WIBF World Super Flyweight titles in June of last year, and made one successful defence before being declared the Unified Womens World champion when the WBF launched its cooperation with the WIBF and GBU last March, and merged the three championships into the most prestigious title in female boxing.
But, fighting at the Reinhold-Heidinger-Sporthalle in Leibnitz, the Austrian lost the unified title in her first defence, as 23-year-old challenger Nina Stojanovic from Serbia proved too sharp and hungry and won by split decision.
Stojanovic looked to be on a mission, and got the better of most of the exchanges, and after ten rounds of boxing judges Tamas Sasvari and Ernst Salzgeber both had her winning by 97-93 and 97-94 respectively, while judge Rainer Gottwald scored it 97-95 in favor of Voraberger.
With the victory, Stojanovic gatecrashes the scene in her first title fight and takes her undefeated record to 8-0 (3). Voraberger, only 25 years old and with plenty of time to come back, falls to 19-4 (9). The fight was promoted by Boxteam Vienna.