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Maidana Gets His Knockout Wish 

In the build up to his title defence against Russian light welterweight Petr Petrov, WBA champion Marcos Maidana expressed a desire to score a knockout over his unfortunate opponent (for the build up to the Maidana – Petrov fight click here). Petrov talked up his game and tried to convince us he was there as a solid opponent for Maidana, but in the end the Argentinian got his knockout wish in front of supporting fans in Buenos Aires.

The fight, hastily put together by Maidana's promoters after his match with Robert Guerrero fell through, offered little in the way of competition. As is usual with El Chino, he started the bout aggressively and hunted for the big shots, leaving Petrov just looking to survive. Maidana stalked the ring and punched holes in his opponents defence, before finally pressuring Petrov in the ropes and delivering some damaging head and body shots. The Russian sank to his knees, leaving the referee no choice but to call off the bout.

Maidana now owes Paul McCloskey a shot at his WBA light welterweight title after the Irishman beat Bredis Prescott. It was a close and controversial decision and may feel it should be Prescott walking into the ring with Maidana. The Argentine champion himself may have preferred him – Prescott is a fellow power puncher, but he does not do it as well as Maidana. McCloskey is a boxer and will prove much more tricky to fight.

Dimitrenko Defends His European Belt Against Michael Sprott

A controlled performance and points deducted from his opponent ensured that European champion Alexander Dimitrenko was able to defend his belt for the second time (for the Dimitrenko vs Sprott fight preview click here). 'Sascha' got his tactics right in a gruelling fight with experienced British heavyweight Michael Sprott, where he was able to keep his opponent from getting close to him. Sprott, thirty-six, became frustrated with his inability to score and was deducted two points by the referee for getting too rough.

The fight wasn't completely one-sided though – Sprott was there to take Dimitrenko's belt and he put everything he could behind his punches. When Dimitrenko started to tire in the later rounds, Sprott began to swing wildly and in the ninth round one of these power punches hit home spectacularly, bringing Dimitrenko to his knees. The German heavyweight was able to hold on, and when the points were read out by the referee he came out unanimous.

Sprott's career as a title contender is surely over following the seventeenth loss of his fifteen-year career. Although he is not now going to retire in glory, Sprott can look back over a career that has seen highs and lowest, his peak coming when he beat Cengiz Koc in 2005 to win the European Belt.

For Dimitrenko, things are just the opposite and he must now be thinking of challenging on the world stage. He has been beaten just once in his career, by top-ten contender Eddie Chambers, but since then he has defeated three opponents in a row. He still needs to be tested against the top heavyweights in the world, because you cannot sell a fighter out based on one fight. Dimitrenko must make a choice now; defend his European belt and become a stepping stone for rising heavyweight stars, or give up his title and challenge the best in his weight division.

Buckland Wins British Super Featherweight Title

Gary Buckland beat Gary Sykes last night by a twelve round decision to claim the BBBofC Super featherweight title. In a fight widely billed as a grudge match, the big shots started early and before they knew it both men were drawn into an intense fight.

The rivalry between the pair started last November when they met in the Prizefighter tournament. Sykes went into their semi-final contest fight as the British champion and overwhelming favourite, but he was given a shock when Gary Buckland was able to drop him within the first forty-five seconds. The loss was so sudden and unexpected that all Sykes could do was to accept it and move on, something he achieved by winning his three next fights.

In their rematch Sykes was hoping to last longer than the first round this time. He did this, but he could not win back his coveted British title. Buckland was able to connect more often and showed the better stamina and work rate, giving the judges good reasons to award him a unanimous decision. Sykes did find his feet near the end of the bout, catching Buckland with a hammer-blow right hand in the tenth round, but he could not make enough of a dent in Buckland's defences. Of the future, the defeated Sykes told Sky Sports:
"I want to come back and I want to win it [the British Super Featherweight title] two times and get it secured."