First we began with action in Oceanic region with contests in both Australia and New Zealand, with the more notable of the two being New Zealand, for once.
It was in New Zealand that former Heavyweight title contender David Tua (52-5-2, 43) finally got sent to retirement dropping a decision to man mountain Alexander Ustinov (29-1, 21). These two battled each other for the WBA Pan African Heavyweight title, if anyone can explain how then we'll happily reward you in some way, a title that now belongs in Ustinov's hands courtesy of a unanimous decision. The loss for Tua, his second successive loss, saw him later announcing his retirement.
On the same card there was a second Heavyweight contest as Bobby Tuigamala (1-0, 1) stopped Clint Foai (0-4) in the second round.
Over in Australia fans got to see fringe contender Mark de Mori (25-1-2, 22) taking a rare decision as he over-came the generally testing Ivica Perkovic (20-22, 15) to claim the WBF Heavyweight via a 12 round decision. On the same card here Hunter Sam (8-2-2, 4) out pointed Clarence Tillman (11-14-2, 6) for the World Boxing Foundation Asia Pacific Heavyweight title. We'll be honest we're hoping this will lead to a Mori/Sam bout in 2014.
Whilst Tua was a big name in the 1990's and early 2000's a new emerging name in the division was in action in the USA as Ukrainian Vyacheslav Glazkov (16-0-1, 11) extended his loss-less streak. Glazkov, fighting late replacement Garrett Wilson (13-7-1, 7), put on an enjoyable encounter though maybe not one that would have interested fans like the original bout, which was to be Glazkov v Tomasz Adamek, would have done.
Although one big puncher, Tua, retired another seemed to almost kick start his career this past Saturday as Erkan Teper (12-0, 8) scored an eye catching KO over Martin Rogan (16-5, 8). This KO, which happened inside a round in Germany, can be seen in the GIF at the bottom of this page. Unfortunately at 31 years of age Teper hasn't got too much time to waste.
On the same German show Franz Rill (4-0, 3) stopped Ivo Andelic (8-2-1, 3) and veteran Luan Krasniqi (31-4-1, 14) defeated former Thai fighter Uwe Hueck (0-1) via decision. The Krasniqi/Hueck fight was the main event and fought with the procededs to go to charity.
On a different German show Nico Feulner (1-0, 1) defeated Stefan Albers (0-4) in just 55 seconds.
In the UK the promising AJ Carter (4-0, 2) scored his most notable victory to date stopping Radek Linka (5-2, 5) in the second round.
The least important contest of the day came in Poland where the debuting Wlodzimierz Letr (0-1) was defeated Cruiserweight Artsiom Charniakevich (1-1, 1).