(DEC 7) The boxing fans in Halle and
the viewers at ProSieben were treated to an excellent boxing match
from world champion Susi Kentikan and challenger Anastasia
Toktaulova. Both boxers are known as technically, well-rounded,
plenty of fighting heart, which was evident on Friday night in
Halle. The two knew each other from sparring, and had made
good use of past experience in their game plans.
Kentikian usually tears into her opponents from the first bell, but
she made a fairly slow start against Toktaulova. She controlled the
centre of the ring, and only displayed some of her fireworks in the
last third of the round.
Toktaulova used her footwork to keep herself out of harms way, and
was also able to make her mark with some telling punches. The
picture repeated itself in the following rounds.
Toktaulova succeeded in keeping Kentikian at bay, using her reach
advantage, but suffered when Kentikian managed to get in close, and
throw her combinations.
The pace went up in Round five, when the challenger came forward
right from the start. She succeeded in catching Kentikian with some
good right hands, but Kentikian tended to get through with one or
two more punches than Toktaulova in the close up exchanges that
ensued later in the round.
Kentikian increased the pressure over
the next four rounds - no doubt chasing the knock out she had
predicted - but the Russian refused to let herself be intimidated by
the aggressive 10 year younger world champion. Toktaulova took the
some hard punches, but kept fighting back, and used her experience
and ring craft to stay in the fight. The 10th round was a toe to toe
battle, in which Kentikian showed why she is the world champion,
displaying her punching repertoire, speed and not least her fighting
This was also reflected in the scores of 98-92, 98-92 and 99-91 in
favour of the reigning WBA-WIBF world champion who won by a
Both boxers deserve praise for showing a top quality fight.
Kentikian proved, that she is more that a KO queen, and that she can
also deal with an experienced and well skilled opponent. Toktaulova
came well prepared and top fit as always, and she kept fighting for
her chance until the final bell.