(MAY 12) On Saturday at Brandberge Arena,
Halle an der Saale, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany, Susi Kentikian (21-0-0)
caused a major upset by defeating Mary Elizabeth Ortega (29-5-2) by
TKO in the first round of the WBA / WIBF world title fight in
Kentikian caught Ortega with a left
right combination, that sent Ortega to the floor 50 seconds into the
round. 20 seconds later Kentikian hit the target with another hard
right hand, that made Ortega's legs buckle, but she managed to stay
on her feet, much to the surprise for Kentikian who was already
heading for the neutral corner.
The relentless attack from Kentikian continued, and Ortega
had to take another 8 count after being knocked down about 90
seconds into the round. She was visibly shaken when she got off the
floor the second time, but the referee let the fight go on, keeping
a close eye on Ortega.
However, he decided to stop the fight 10 seconds before the end of
the round, after Ortega was backed up against the rope, unable to
block much of the incoming fire. The United States boxer immediately
protested against the stoppage---although her corner did not seem to
join in the protests.
Most boxing folks had expected a long and hard fought fight that
could go either way. That includes the former WIBF world champion
Regina Halmich who co-hosted the event, who predicted very hard work
for Kentikian. The world champion stated in the post fight
interview, that she had anticipated the fight to go the distance,
but she was obviously pleased with the way it turned out.
In an eight round bout, flyweight Viktoria Milo won by a unanimous
decision over Svetla Taskova. The scores were 78-74, 78-76 and