Arreola and Thompson have no problem, Hammer takes care of Lindberg

The new Chris Arreola (center) poses for a photo with his great supporting cast

Friday night at the Reno Events Center in Reno, Nevada, in an IBF heavyweight eliminator, the #7 ranked heavyweight put away the #6 ranked heavyweight. That news should prove to everyone how whacky the IBF rankings are.

Heavyweight contender Tony "the Tiger" Thompson

You just knew Tony “The Tiger” Thompson (36-2, 24 KOs) was going to take care of business when facing someone like Maurice “Sugar Mo” Harris (24-15-2, 10 KOs).

Harris was dropped in the second round and then twice in round three before the bout was stopped by referee Vic Drakulich. With the win, Thompson reportedly earned the IBF’s #2 rating and now gets to face Eddie Chambers for the #1 spot and an ultimate title shot.


What some people might want to know is what happened to the guys rated ahead of them? Chris Arreola at #5, Ruslan Chagaev of Uzbekistan #4, Robert Helenius of Germany #3, and the guy by the name of “blank space” at #2. I’ll bet he’s really upset. The IBF’s revered ratings must be predicated on who’s the highest bidder. With the loss, Mr. Harris once again disappears from view.

In Friday’s main event, the WBC #2, WBO #13, WBA #15 and IBF #5 rated heavyweight Chris Arreola (32-2, 28 KOs), returned to the ring after just a two week breather to score a seventh round TKO over Kendrick Releford (22-15-2, 10 KOs). I couldn’t find a ranking for Releford anywhere. After taking a lot of punishment in round six, the merciful referee waved the bout off in round seven.

On the undercard, unbeaten Olympian junior middleweight Javier Molina (7-0, 4 KOs) scored a six round unanimous decision victory over David Lopez (3-6, 3 KOs) with scores of 60-53, 59-54, 59-54.

Hammer and her nail. Twenty year old Christina Hammer (left) whips the formidable Maria Lindberg (right) to become the undisputed female Middleweight Champion of the World.champion.

Also on Friday night, two lovely ladies fought it out for ten rounds in the Czech Republic. Christina Hammer (10-0-0 with 7 KOs) who is 20 years-old and stands 5’11” tall, successfully defended her WBO and WBF middleweight titles and won Maria Lindberg’s WIBA and WIBF light-middleweight titles by winning an unanimous decision.

Hammer, born in Kazakhstan but now living in Dortmund, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany, made her pro debut in September 2009. Lindberg, now 5-1-2, is from Malmo, Sweden and she made her pro debut in 2003. So even though Lindberg had more experience, was 14 years older, none of that seemed to matter.


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