Feigenbutz defeats De Carolis by controversial decision
By Allan Fox: WBA interim super middleweight champion Vincent Feigenbutz (21-1, 19 KOs) had to get up off the deck in the 1st round to come back and win a highly controversial 12 round unanimous decision over #13 WBA Giovanni De Carolis (23-6, 11 KOs) on Saturday night at the dm-Arena in Karlshrue, Germany.
Feigenbutz, 20, came out slow in the 1st round in not throwing any punches. De Carolis, 31, took advantage of Feigenbutz’s nonexistent offense and quickly dropped him with a looping right hand to the head. Feigenbutz tried to convince the referee that he had slipped on the canvas, but it was clear that he was dropped hard by a looping right hand. De Carolis continue to tag the near defenseless Feigenbutz with right hands all throughout the fight.
The final judges’ scores were 115-113, 115-113, and 115-113.
In the championship rounds, Feigenbutz appeared to get the better of De Carolis. He was a little bit busier and landed the harder shots than the Italian. However, in the first 8 rounds, De Carolis was able to catch Feigenbutz again and again with looping right hands to the head. The shots backed Feigenbutz up constantly, making it difficult to give him more than two or three of the first 8 rounds.
Feigenbutz looked extremely uncoordinated throughout the contest. His power was good, but much of the time he was throwing arm punches rather than getting his body behind his shots. When Feigenbutz did put his body into his punches, he looked good. But unfortunately he wasn’t doing this enough.
The 20-year-old Feigenbutz will be fighting the winner of the December 5th fight between WBA “regular” super middleweight champion Fedor Chudinov and 36-year-old former middleweight champion Felix Sturm. You’ve got to figure that the winner of that fight with be the younger, stronger and busier Chudinov. Based off how Feigenbutz looked tonight against De Carolis, I think he would lose to either of those guys. Chudinov is far too talented for Feigenbutz, and Sturm would likely jab him all night long in winning an easy decision.
Feigenbutz looks like he may never develop into a good fighter. It’s not just the fact that he’s raw. It’s more of a case of him being uncoordinated. That’s something that will never change no matter how much he develops over the years. He just doesn’t look very athletic. He’s a hard puncher, and has a good jab, but that’s about it.
Other boxing results on the card:
Heavyweight contender Kubrat Pulev (21-1, 11 KOs) defeated 41-year-old journeyman George Arias (56-14, 42 KOs) by an 8 round unanimous decision. Pulev lost his previous fight to IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko.
Undefeated lightweight contender Richard Commey (23-0, 21 KOs) stayed unbeaten with a 5th round stoppage over a badly over-matched journeyman Kakhaber Avetisian (41-32-1, 23 KOs).