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Boxing In Germany: Zbik, Maidana, Gevor Win In Magdeburg

Last night at Bordelandhalle in Magdeburg, Germany, middleweight sensation Sebastian Zbik kept his undefeated record with a convincing twelve round win over stocky warrior Marco Schultze to retian the WBO Intercontinental belt for the third time.

The taller Zbik, 22-0 (8), controlled the pace of the bout and largely avoided the incursions of Schultze, 25-4-1 (13), to post a 119-109, 118-110 and 117-111.

Zbik should be ready to step up to begin challenging the top class in Europe later this year and is one of the most promising 160 lb fighters on the Continental scene.

On the undercard, middleweight contender Koren Gevor, 29-3 (15), won his second in a row following an unsuccessful bid to unseat IBF Champion Arthur Abraham last summer by posting a wide points decision over Brazilian import Samir Dos Santos Barbosa, 18-4-3 (14), after ten rounds.

Relocated Argentine light welterweight puncher Marcos Rene Maidana, 22-0 (21), dropped Mexican campaigner Arturo Morua, 25-11-1 (14), in the third before finishing the job later at 1:36 of the round.

In 2007, Morua twice challenged for the world 140 lb crown, losing in the ninth to WBC kingpin Junior Witter and going the distance with WBO titlist Ricardo Torres one fight later but was not up to the test against the swarming Maidana.

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