posted on Jun, 6 2004 @ 01:45 AM
CHEMNITZ, Germany (AP) - Italy's Cristian Sanavia upset Markus Beyer in a split decision Saturday to win the WBC super middleweight title.
Sanavia landed his left throughout the fight against the German, who came on strong in the later rounds, but still lost the crown for the second
The American judge ruled it 115-114 for Beyer, a French judge 116-115 for Sanavia and a judge from Serbia-Montenegro had it 116-113 for the Italian,
ranked second by the WBC.
"I think a lot of people were surprised by this outcome - this was a very even fight," Sanavia said.
Beyer (29-2, 11 knockouts), defending his title in his home town, appeared to have turned around the fight in the 10th round, knocking back Sanavia
with a short left, then catching him again with a clean shot as the Italian moved away.
Beyer was cramped in the early rounds, rarely throwing punches, as Sanavia (33-1, 12 knockouts) pressed the fight and kept slipping in left uppercuts
[Edited on 6-6-2004 by Ocelot]