Petkovic Dominates Chipindi in World Title Defence
It was a truly fantastic night of boxing with some highly entertaining bouts on the undercard before the main event was broadcast live on Eurosport. The superb boxing lesson and brutal knockout by 19-year old James Chereji given to Belmin Skomorac stood out. With just a few seconds remaining of round two, the Romanian stepped in close to deliver a devasting short right to Skomorac’s chin which dropped him to the canvas in an awkward heap. Watch out for this kid, he is a real boxing talent. The joint main event of the evening was a cruiserweight comeback fight for former WBC world champion, Juan Carlos Gomez. The Black Panther, as he is known in the ring, has lived and fought in Germany since turning to the professional ranks in 1995 and he stayed unbeaten for 9 years. In a total of 56 fights he’s tasted defeat only three times and one of those was when he fought Vitali Klitschko for the world heavyweight title in 2009.
After 18 months of inactivity, Gomez faced the durable Adnan Buharalija in a scheduled ten round contest. The scrap lasted only two rounds. Gomez was in impressive form, rolling back the years, demonstrating his powerful combinations and slick movement to give Buharalija, who took the fight at just ten days notice. The referee stopped the fight at the end of round two having deemed Buharalija in no condition to defend himself.
In the most eagerly anticipated match of the evening, Alexander Petkovic faced game Tanzanian Chupaki Chipindi. The African managed to absorb some hammer blows from the local lad in each of the four rounds before finally being floored by a combination of right crosses and uppercuts. It was a very good performance from the Bosnian who moved well for a big man and utilised his jab to great effect. The 33-year Petkovic is now undefeated in 17 fights dating back to January 2006. He’ll no doubt try to keep busy now and continue to improve his world ranking.