The highest profile Heavyweight fight of night was in Germany as former world title challenger Manuel Charr (25-1, 15) added the WBC CISBB Heavyweight title to his Baltic, International Silver and Mediterranean.
Unfortunately despite the fact Charr won the ending was less than satisfactory as his opponent, Russian Denis Bakhtov (36-9, 24) was forced to retire with a damaged arm/hand. This was a shame as the first 5 rounds were genuinely interesting and it appeared that Charr was going to be given a test prior to the injury.
On the same card as the Charr/Bakhtov there was another Heavyweight contest. This contest, which came much earlier on in the night saw the promising Tom Schwarz (2-0, 2) taking out the over-matched Pavlo Nechyporenko (2-9-1, 1) in just 90 seconds. On paper this was a good result though in all honesty it was a mismatch and really little more than a stay busy fight, despite how inexperienced Schwarz is as a professional. In fact Schwarz will have had harder spars.
Over in Germany's neighbour of France there was another notable title fight fight as Frenchman Johann Duhaupas (30-1, 19) took on Finland's Jarno Rosberg (14-1-0-1, 4) for the EBU-EU title. Rosberg, who took an unbeaten record in to the ring with him, was unable to cope with the power of Duhaupas who dropped him in round 3 before finishing him off in round 4 to claim the title, adding it to an impressive collection of lower tier belts.
Staying in Europe, though crossing over to Poland, there was yet more action in the division. This time around it saw fringe contender Krzysztof Zimnoch (17-0-1, 11) taking a decision over veteran Art Binkowski (16-4-3, 1). The bout, Binkowski's second in 6 years was rather one sided with Zimnoch using his boxing to rack up a wide lead on the cards. Despite being in total control leading in to the final round Zimnoch did try to close the show though Binkoswki showed his toughness and experience to see out the torrid final round.
We're now hoping that Zimnoch will face domestic rival Artur Szpilka, though the fight does seem somewhat unlikely for the timing being.
Still in Europe, Hungarian, Tibor Balogh (10-1-2, 6) successfully defeated compatriot Csaba Olah (4-76-3, 3) for the second time. Olah had taken Balogh 4 rounds in their first meeting, this time they stepped up to 6 rounds with Balogh taking his second decision over Olah. There is now an expectation that the two men will fight for a third time in November as we see quite an odd rivalry continuing.
Across the Atlantic the very promising Donovan Dennis (7-0, 6) scored a dominant stoppage of the overmatched Hugo Arceo (4-1-1, 3) who looked out classed from the opening bell and out of shape. Dennis had looked sharp from the off and appears to be one of the most promising US prospects in the division even if his name isn't one of the ones that tends to be mentioned by many fans.