Nielsen Dominates Dos Santos. Poulsen Stopped by Yigit in Six.

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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.

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.’’

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.

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, but tonight 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).

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Micki Nielsen
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Kim Poulsen, Anthony Yigit
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Kim Poulsen, Anthony Yigit
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Photos: Nordic Fight Night Weigh-In from Frederikshavn

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All the fighters made weight ahead of the Nordic Fight Night on Saturday at the Arena Nord in Frederikshavn, Denmark, which features the WBC International Cruiserweight Championship clash between Micki Nielsen (16-0, 12 KOs) and Julio Cesar Dos Santos (27-3, 24 KOs), and the all-Scandinavian showdown between Anthony Yigit (11-0-1, 4 KOs) and Kim Poulsen (26-1, 7 KOs) for the WBC Baltic Welterweight title.

Official weights:

WBC International Cruiserweight Championship
Micki Nielsen – 90.5 kg
Julio Cesar Dos Santos – 89.1 kg

WBC Baltic Welterweight Championship
Anthony Yigit – 65.7 kg
Kim Poulsen – 65.9 kg

Featherweight – 8 Rounds
Dennis Ceylan – 57 kg
Cristian Montilla – 56.2 kg

Super Middleweight – 8 Rounds
Tim-Robin Lihaug – 76.3 kg
Farouk Daku – 74.4 kg

Cruiserweight – 4 Rounds
Kai Robin Havnaa – 89.6 kg
Merdjidin Yusinov – 90.1 kg

Middleweight – 8 Rounds
Abdul Khattab – 72.5 kg
Alexey Ribchev – 72.6 kg

Lightweight – 8 Rounds
Rashid Kassem – 60.9 kg
Gyula Tallosi – 59.6 kg

Super Middleweight – 8 Rounds
Simen Smaadal – 75.6 kg
Janos Olah – 75.4 kg

Light Heavyweight – 6 Rounds
Alexander Hagen – 79.1 kg
Ivan Stupalo – 77.4 kg

Lightweight – 8 Rounds
Richard Commey – 62.3 kg
Mikheil Avakyan – 62.3 kg

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Micki Nielsen, Julio Cesar Dos Santos
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Anthony Yigit, Kim Poulsen
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Poulsen: “Yigit Is Talking Too Much. My Hands Will Do the Talking”

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Kim Poulsen (26-1, 7 KOs) is ready to let his hands speak in the battle for the WBC Baltic Welterweight title against Swedish Anthony Yigit (11-0-1, 4 KOs) on Saturday night at the Arena Nord in Frederikshavn, Denmark.

“Yigit is a good guy, but he’s talking a bit too much. I prefer to let my hands do the talking,” said Poulsen, who is convinced that he can give the Swede more resistance than Kasper Bruun did a year ago.

“I’m more intelligent in the ring than Kasper Bruun, so Yigit has tough task ahead of him. This fight is a great opportunity for me and I will do everything to seize it. A victory could pave the way for several matches in Denmark. So let’s get it on!”

Micki Nielsen’s (16-0, 12 KOs) WBC International Cruiserweight title challenge against Julio Cesar Dos Santos (27-3, 24 KOs) tops the bill at the Arena Nord in Frederikshavn, which also features Dennis Ceylan’s (12-0-1, 6 KOs) rematch with Cristian Montilla (6-3-1, 3 KOs) and rising Danish stars Abdul Khattab (9-0, 3 KOs) and Rashid Kassem (6-0, 3 KOs). Tickets are available via arenanord.dk.

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Anthony Yigit, Kim Poulsen
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