Dimitrenko vs Sprott Results: Dimitrenko Retains European Heavyweight Title on Decision

Alexander Dimitrenko wasn't impressive today, but he successfully defended his European heavyweight title against Michael Sprott in Germany on scores of 119-108, 117-111, and 116-111. I didn't score the fight, but 119-108 was exceptionally wide.

The fight featured little action, as Dimitrenko (32-1, 21 KO) was largely content to cruise, while Sprott (36-17, 17 KO) was largely content just to be there. Sprott fought a bit dirty at points, having two points deducted in the 11th and 12th rounds (one point each) for hitting after the bell and shoving Dimitrenko down. The latter was was a questionable call, but it made no real difference anyway.

There have been a lot of good heavyweight fights recently -- Klitschko vs Adamek, Fury vs Firtha, Helenius vs Liakhovich -- but this just wasn't one of them. There's not even much to say other than the fight was boring and the 119-108 score was silly.

Undercard Results

Top cruiserweight prospect Rakhim Chakhkiev (11-0, 9 KO) kept chugging along, knocking out Sacramento veteran Michael Simms (21-15-2, 13 KO) in the fourth round. ... 25-year-old Russian heavyweight Denis Boytsov continues to tread water, improving to 29-0 (24 KO) with a sixth round stoppage of another American club fighter, Matthew Greer (14-7, 13 KO). You may remember Greer from his fight with James Toney in 2009, where he was knocked out in the second round but did buzz Toney pretty badly at one point. ... Darnell "Ding-a-Ling Man" Wilson shocked Juan Carlos Gomez by majority decision scores of 96-94, 96-94 and 95-95, winning for the first time since 2008. Gomez (49-3, 37 KO) has been keeping time with easy fights since his 2009 knockout loss to Vitali Klitschko, but this ends the idea that he might possibly be a contender. Wilson improves to 24-12-3 (20 KO).

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