Former IBF featherweight champion Evgeny Gradovich was pushed all the way for the second fight in succession since losing his world title for Lee Selby last May.
The 29 year-old has yet to prove himself worthy of another title shot following an eight-round over Aldimir Santos in October and most recently a ten round victory over Jesus Galicia in Spain.
Galicia and Santos have records totalling 17 losses between them and Gradovich will need to considerably step up his efforts in order to be considered to face some of the top fighters between 122 and 130 pounds.
In Germany, former world heavyweight title challenger Dereck Chisora made it four stoppages in five wins since losing to current divisional ruler Tyson Fury with a second round TKO of Andras Csomor in Offenburg.
Chisora, who is now signed to Sauerland, improved his record to 25-5 as a shot against European champion Robert Helenius edges closer. ‘Del Boy’ is mandatory challenger to the rangy Finn and will be aiming to overturn a loss against Helenius which caused much controversy back in 2011.
The Briton seemingly did enough to take Helenius’ undefeated record in Helsinki on the night but was robbed of the decision following one of the best twelve round performances of Chisora’s career.
Vitali Klitschko offered Chisora a WBC title chance of the strength of the Helenius fight and the 32 year-old managed to go the distance with the formidable Ukrainian before losing on points in Munich.