[PHOTOS] Micki Nielsen dominates Dos Santos and Yigit stops Poulsen to claim WBC titles

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Micki Nielsen (17-0, 12 KOs) continues his ascent to the top of the cruiserweight division. The 21 year-old Dane dominated Julio Cesar Dos Santos (27-4, 24 KOs) last night at the Arena Nord in Frederikshavn, Denmark to claim the WBC International title.

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Nielsen proved he is much more than just a power-puncher with an impressive performance against the 37 year-old Brazilian. After ten rounds of action the Albertslund-boxer was ahead on all three of the judges scorecards (100-91, 100-90 and 99-91).

 

‘’Dos Santos was a tough opponent,’’ said Nielsen. ‘’He is an experienced guy, who boxed with a high guard and made himself difficult to hit. But when I did get to him, I hurt him. I think I was close to stopping him a few times.

 

‘’I was a little disappointed I didn’t get the knockout, but I’m still happy with my performance. My preparation for this fight was perfect. My coach Joey Gamache had a great game plan for me. This fight was another step up for me and now I’m ready to take more.’’

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In the evening’s second title fight, Swedish southpaw Anthony Yigit (12-0-1, 4 KOs) stopped Kim Poulsen (26-2, 7 KOs) with a six-round masterclass to claim the WBC Baltic Welterweight title.

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Yigit outworked and outclassed his Danish opponent. Poulsen was floored by a vicious body shot in the fifth-round, before an explosive uppercut put an end to the action in the sixth.

 

‘’Kim is a good boxer, buttonight I proved I’m a level above,’’ said Yigit. ‘’He couldn’t handle my power or my pace. This is my second win in Denmark against Danish opposition. It was an important victory for me. Now, I want the big fights and I want to challenge for the big titles.’’

 

Dennis Ceylan (13-0-1, 7 KOs) was back to his best with a seventh round stoppage of Cristian Montilla (6-4-1, 3 KOs). Rising star Abdul Khattab (10-0, 3 KO) battled to a points victory over the experienced Alexey Ribchev (19-12-1, 6 KOs). Danish lightweight Rashid Kassem (7-0, 4 KOs) maintained his unbeaten record with a second round stoppage of Gyula Tallosi (5-2, 4 KOs)).

 

Norwegian talents Kai Robin Havnaa (2-0, 1 KO), Simen Smaadal (9-1, 4 KOs) and Alexander Hagen (6-1, 2 KOs) all scored knockout victories, while Tim-Robin Lihaug (10-1, 5 KOs) outpointed Ugandan southpaw Farouk Daku (18-7-1, 9  KOs) in a tactical eight-round encounter, and Ghanaian lightweight star Richard Commey (20-0, 18 KOs) improved to 20-0 with a fourth-round technical knockout victory over Mikheil Avakyan (27-19-4, 12 KOs).