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Boxing Results: Abass Baraou defeats Carlos Molina

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Abass Baraou (5-0, 2 KOs) claimed the WBC International Super Welterweight title with a unanimous points decision against Carlos Molina (29-11-2, 8 KOs) last night at the CGM Arena in Koblenz, Germany.


Baraou has made a sensational start to his professional career since joining the paid ranks in April 2018. The 24 year-old took home the German title in his second professional bout, outclassing Denis Krieger, before successfully defending the belt with the second-round stoppage of Robert Maess.

Molina provided an early acid test for the German talent, whose work rate and punch selection earned him a hard-fought victory over the former World Champion. Judges Esa Lehtosaari and Juan Carlos Pelayo scored the fight 115-112 in favour of Baraou, while Juergen Langos had him ahead 118-109.

“I was expecting a very good fight, a tough fight, and that is what I got,” said Baraou. “I went through hell training for this fight, but it was worth it. To win this title so early in my career is a great honour for me. I can’t believe it!”

“That was a remarkable performance from Abass,” said promoter Nisse Sauerland, having witnessed the 2017 European Championship Gold and World Championship Bronze Medallist capture the WBC International belt. “He really showed his class in there. To defeat Molna, a former World Champion, like that in just his fifth professional fight is really something special.”

On the undercard, Leon Bunn extended his unbeaten run with a one-sided points win over Viktor Polyakov. “I don’t want to make any big predictions, but I hope I’ll be fighting for big titles soon,” said the light heavyweight, now 13-0.

Anthony Yigit got back to winning ways, outpointing Mohamed Khalladi, following his unsuccessful IBF World title attempt in the World Boxing Super Series. “It’s good to be back,” he said. “We got the win after a pretty dirty fight. He was a awkward fighter who he hit me more with his head than his fists.”

17 year-old amateur star Sophie Alisch started her professional career in style, stopping Sopo Kintsurashvili in the opening round at the CGM Arena. “It was awesome,” she said. “The feeling of being up there in the ring was unbelievable. I would like to thank everybody who came to support me.”

Also on the card was the rematch between Jama Saidi and Arman Torosyan for the IBF European Super Welterweight title. Saidi produced a superb performance, dropping Torosyan with a heavy shot in the second round on his way to claiming a comfortable points victory.

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On Friday night, February 15, at the Galveston in Gent, Belgium, Elite Promotions presented “Elite Boxing Superstar 2”, headlined by two World Boxing Federation (WBF) championship fights.

In a clash between two foreign-born but Belgium-based boxers, reigning WBF International Welterweight Champion Meriton Karaxha, originally from Albania, successfully defended his title by unanimous decision over Rwandan Jean Pierre Habimana.

Most of the ten rounds were dominated by Karaxha, who forced the tough Habimana on the back-foot and made it difficult for the challenger to gain momentum. In the seventh round it even looked as if the champion might have Habimana hurt, but “The African Warrior” still came back and tried to retaliate.

Judges Hugues Hellebaut, Christophe Hembert and Philippe Wouters all scored the fight widely in favour of Karaxha: 99-91, 98-92 and 99-91.

Karaxha (27), who won the title last November with a first-round demolition of Frenchman Jean Moraiti, takes his professional record to 23-5-2 (8). Habimana (35), a much better fighter than his misleading statistics suggests, drops to 9-16-3 (4).

In the co-feature of the show, former European title-challenger Elfi Phillips (25) captured the vacant WBF Womens Intercontinental Light Welterweight title, unanimously out-scoring tough-as-nails Montenegrin Aleksandra Vujovic (27).

In a competitive fight, Phillips was the faster and more agile of the two, and had success with combinations from the start. But Vujovic fought back hard, and even hurt Phillips in round seven with a big right hand and drove her to the ropes, but couldn’t capitalize.

The visitor finished the fight strongly, but it was too late and in the end there was no doubt about the outcome as judges Christophe Hembert, Hugues Hellebaut and Jean Pierre Van Imschoot scored it 98-92, 98-91 and 100-89 for Phillips. Vujuvic has one point deducted in round nine for holding.

The new WBF Intercontinental Champion improved to 10-5-3 (4), while Vujovic, who lost a short-notice shot at the same title in 2017 to another Belgian, current WBF World Champion Oshin Derieuw, falls to a deceiving 4-9-2 (2).

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