In a stunning upset, WBO Super Middle Champion Denis Inkin was outpointed on Saturday by undefeated challenger Karoly Balzsay at the Bordelandhalle in Madgeburg.
Inkin had come into the bout fresh off a twelve round handling of Colombian knockout artist Fulgencio Zuniga last year for Joe Calzaghe's old WBO title but the Hamburg based Russian was at odds when confronted with the Hungarian southpaw's quicker hands.
Balzsay punished Inkin with sharp counters and controlled the pace of the fight despite being the less experienced man.
With the win, Balzsay improves to 20-0 (14), and wins the WBO Super Middleweight title in convincing fashion by scores of 116-112 twice and 115-113, while Inkin loses for the first time in his career to fall to 34-1 (24).
On the undercard, Zsolt Erdei, 30-0 (17), stayed perfect by defending his WBO Light Heavy crown for the 11th consecutive time with a unanimous decision over Yuri Barashian, 25-5 (17), after twelve rounds.
Super middle contender Robert Stieglitz, 34-2 (21), stayed busy with an fourth round stoppage against Estonia's Dmitri Protkunas, 10-28-1 (1), and former WBA Super Middle title challenger Dimitri Sartison, 24-1 (15), posted an eight round points verdict over Vasily Andriyanov, 7-18 (1).