Braehmer overpowers Krasniqi to retain WBA title

22/03/2015 08:07

ROSTOCK, GERMANY - MARCH 21:  Juergen Braehmer (R) of Germany exchanges punches with Robin Krasniqi of Germany during their WBA light heavyweight world championship title fight at Stadthalle Rostock on March 21, 2015 in Rostock, Germany.  (Photo by Boris Streubel/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Juergen Braehmer (46-2, 34 KOs) stopped fellow German Robin Krasniqi (43-4, 16 KOs) after the 9th round to retain his WBA “regular” light heavyweight title on Saturday night at the StadtHalle in Rostock, Germany.

Souhpaw Braehmer, who was making the fourth defence of his title, landed a barrage of hard blows in the 9th and the fight was waved off at the start of the 10th.

After a cagey opening round, Krasniqi managed to catch Braehmer with a left hook in the second but the harder shots came back from the champion which backed the challenger up onto the ropes.

Krasniqi made a fight of it but Braehmer’s power was the difference as he rocked Krasniqi throughout the fight. 

Braehmer nailed Krasniqi with a left-right combination that sent him flying into the ropes in the 9th round which prompted the referee Tony Weeks to intervene and give Krasniqi a standing count.

Braehmer followed up with more punches but the challenger survived the round. However, the onslaught had left him with a nasty cut over his lip and after inspection by the ringside doctor, Krasniqi's corner stopped the fight.

"Every time I caught him with a left he was wobbling, but I didn't push it, and that's how the fight went on from round to round," said the two-time world champion Braehmer. "I waited until the right time to deliver the right punch."

Krasniqi, who had never previously been stopped, said: "Congratulations to my opponent. He's really a strong man. I tried everything. I'm very disappointed."