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Lozada Jr., Altunkaya Victorious In WBF Title Fights

Posted on September 30 2012                                              Bookmark and Share
By: Clive Baum       


In what was another eventful World Boxing Federation championship weekend, Antonio Lozada Jr. and Hizni Altunkaya, were successful in WBF title fights in Mexico and Germany respectively, and both put on spectacular performances to excite their local fans.

At a packed Auditorium Ernesto Ruffo Appel in Rosarito, Mexico, Antonio Lozada Jr. shined in his breakthrough fight and captured the WBF Interim World Light Welterweight title with an emphatic fourth round stoppage of fellow countryman Daniel Valenzuela.

Lozada Jr., only 22-years-old, put on an impressive performance and floored Valezuela three times, ending the bout with a powerful bodyshot at 1:02 of the round. The new WBF Champion is now 28-1 (24), while the beaten man drops to 28-14-1 (16).

The fight was promoted by Baja Boxing in cooperation with Promociones Del Pueblo. Televisa broadcasted the bout live throughout Mexico. Lozada will be elevated to full world champion if Ali Funeka does not make a defense before the end of the year. In case he does, the winner of such fight must face Lozada next.

Hizni Altunkaya retained the Interim World Cruiserweight title with a fourth round knockout of Hungarian challenger Attila Palko at the Sporthalle Niederbieber in Neuwied, Germany. With the victory he improved his undefeated record to 21-0 (13), and Palko fell to 15-4 (12).

The 24-year-old Turkish-born champion started the fight nervous, and took unnecessary risks, which resulted in Palko being successful with several shots. However, in the fourth round Altunkaya seemed to wake up from his daze, and floored Palko with a beautiful body-head combination.

Palko beat the count of referee Toni Tiberi, but the end was near as Altunkaya attacked mercilessly, fired from all angles and send his foe to the canvass for the second time. This time Tiberi counted ten, and waved the affair over at 2:45 of the stanza.

Altunkaya, who’s older brother Turhan promoted the event, can now look forward to fighting for the full world title in the near future. Current champ is South Africa-based Congolese Ilunga Makabu, who will either have to defend against Altunkaya or relinquish the belt.

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