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article imageBoxer Sebastian Sylvester Captures the IBF Middleweight Title

By Roger Tshiamala Tubajiki     Sep 20, 2009 in Sports
On Saturday Night in Neubrandenburg, Germany, Sebastian Sylvester from Greifswald, Germany, scored a 12-round split decision over Giovanni Lorenzo from the Dominican Republic to become the new International Boxing Federation middleweight world champion.
The bout started out with Giovanni Lorenzo, 27-2, 19 KO’s, being the aggressor as he landed a couple of jabs to the head of Sylvester in the first two rounds. With the third round being close, Sylvester began to earn control over Lorenzo in rounds that followed.
As the bout progressed, Sylvester put together a strong defence and became active offensively, which helped him land effectively both on the inside and outside, despite a couple powerful body shots by Lorenzo who had trouble finding openings to land effective punches.
In the last round, Lorenzo tried to push the action, but Sylvester, 32-3, 15 KO’s, remained focused and tactically secured his advantage en route to a twelfth-round Split decision.
Sebastian Sylvester, who, on November 1, 2008, lost his first world title bout to three-time world champion Felix Sturm, the current World Boxing Association middleweight champion, stated that he knew from the ninth round that he was going to win. “It was clear to me that, as long as I did not receive any more unnecessary hard blows, then I would become world champion,” stated Sylvester after the bout.
The title won by Sebastian Sylvester on Saturday night was vacated by the former IBF middleweight world champion Arthur Abraham to participate in the Showtime super middleweight tournament billed as “The Super Six World Boxing Classic”.
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