Juergen Braehmer wins in Germany
NEUBRANDENBURG, Germany -- Germany's Juergen Braehmer unanimously outpointed Marcus Oliveira to take the vacant WBA world light heavyweight title Saturday night.
The judges scored it 115-112, 117-110, 117-110 in favor of the 35-year-old Braehmer, a former WBO champion, who withstood a late barrage from the previously undefeated American in the last round to claim his second world title.
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The title had been vacant since Kazakhstan's Beibut Shumenov was declared the WBA's "super" world light heavyweight champion.
Braehmer improved to 42-2 (31 KOs), while Oliveira, 34, dropped to 25-1-1 (20 KOs).
The fight had a late start following a disagreement over which boxer should enter the ring first. Oliveira promoter Don King insisted his fighter went second as he had a higher ranking than Braehmer. The German's promoter, Nisse Sauerland, called the delay "a joke."
Braehmer eventually went first, and Oliveira subsequently emerged to a chorus of boos and whistles from the crowd. The bout got underway after midnight local time.
Neither fighter enjoyed a clear advantage in the opening rounds, although Braehmer was more proactive and appeared to trouble Oliveira when he caught him cleanly with a powerful right in the fifth round.
Oliveira went down on one knee after an apparent low blow in the 10th, but the referee ruled it was a legal blow, and Braehmer pushed his advantage in the next round as the crowd sang in support.
Oliveira went for the knockout in a furious final round, but the German hung on to take the title.
"Braehmer did an excellent job," King said.
Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press
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