50-year old Sidon, who fought Russian giant Nikolay Valuev in only his second professional fight, won the unsanctioned match by third round knockout to retain the WBU heavyweight title. Despite being ten years younger than Sidon, Hinten offered little resistance to the German veteran and was caught with some telling head shots which he was unable to provide any answer for. It was an emotional victory for the hometown hero but the most entertaining and closest match of the evening was the chief support between De Mori and Pasi. Keen to stay active and fed up with the lack of opportunities in his native Australia, 31-year old De Mori, who was married in Perth just two weeks ago has come to Europe with his bride on a combined honeymoon and fight tour. De Mori weighed in for this fight at 105.8kg, around 13 kilos heavier than his German opponent and dominated a cautious opening round with his snappy, lunging jabs to the body while Pasi moved nicely off the back foot, maintaining a good distance but offered little to trouble the man from down under. Round 1 of 8 scheduled rounds clearly won by De Mori. The second round was closer. De Mori seemed to be looking for a way to get in close and unleash some powerful body blows but Pasi remained elusive and moved expertly around the ring. Towards the end of the round both fighters landed some big shots with De Mori nicking a much closer round before the bell rang for a minute rest.
Round three started well for the self-trained Aussie powerhouse and it became clear that if he could reduce the distance and get in tight, he would be much too strong for Pasi. Congo-born Pasi continued to move well and pick his shots intelligently, landing a series of sharp jabs to the face. All were casually brushed off by De Mori as he continued to move forward. Again the Australian finished the round strongly and although looking a bit untidy at times was never in any serious trouble.
True to form, De Mori made a strong start to round four. A nice right hand over the top landed right on target, followed up by a left hook to the head and then one to the body which had Pasi visibly hurt which in turn raised an acknowledging smile. Momentum then swung the other way now it was De Mori's chance to feel the pain, absorbing a big left hook to the head after leaving his guard down and head open. Things were starting to heat up and the crowd could sense it too, cheering to show their appreciation.
Pasi signalled that he had hurt his right shoulder at the end of the fourth and gone into survival mode, doing his best to stay out of range for the remaining 40 seconds of the round. De Mori began turning up the pressure but couldn't find a clear way through the tight guard of his wily adversary. Pasi saw out the end of round four but failed to get up to begin the fifth and retired on his stool. Disappointing for the crowd but a good solid win for De Mori and easily the most entertaining and closest match of the night.
After the fight De Mori stayed in the ring and congratulated his opponent who had taken the fight with just two days notice. "It's hard to go eight rounds without proper training so I show a debt of gratitude for his courage".
While sat at with medical staff right after the fight, Pasi described the moment his shoulder flared up. "I threw the right hook but didn't really catch him, I don't know what happened. I just felt that something inside was painful."
Despite winning comfortably De Mori seemed subdued and summed the fight up by saying, "Yes I can hit hard, yes I can throw explosive fast combinations but when they don't stand in front of me...my timing and my distance needs work and that's a big area to work on. That's only going to happen with a good trainer, good sparring partners and hard work." Having only arrived four days earlier, having no coach and no support team to speak of it's a credible victory against an experienced campaigner who was in top shape for the fight. Pasi is also an active kickboxer who trains with some of the best K1 fighters around. De Mori has two more contests already lined up. The next against Bekim Pagga (2-2-0) in Elzach on the 13th April and then another yet to be named opponent in Stuttgart a fortnight later.
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