Saturday, May 28, 2005

Breaking News: Krasniqi knockes out Whitaker to earn world title shot

28.05.05 – By F.Weber, Boxing.de: Luan Krasniqi passed his most important test and scored the biggest win of his professional boxing career. In front of 5,000 enthusiastic fans at Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle of Stuttgart the 34-year-old heavyweight top-contender knocked out American Lance Whitaker in round six with a left cross to the head.


Luan Krasniqi now has a shot at World Champion Title.

As the contest was declared as an official WBO eliminator Krasniqi has now earned a world title shot at champion Lamon Brewster, a contest that will take place this year. Universum Box-Promotion already has an eye on the huge Color Line Arena of Hamburg and on September 28 as possible a date and site. September 28 was the birthday of German boxing hero Max Schmeling who passed away this year at age 99.

"I met Schmeling in 2002 and promised him to win the heavyweight world title for Germany", Krasniqi said after his biggest win so far. "Unfortunately I wasn't fast enough to accomplish this during his lifetime. Now I hope that I can challenge for the title later this year."

Expectations were high on Krasniqi when he entered the ring in front of his home croud in Stuttgart, a city close to his smaller hometown Rottweil, but he outboxed his ten centimeter taller and 13 kg heavier opponent Whitaker from the beginning and systematically worked out the chance for the knockout punch.

"I fought a very smart fight", Krasniqi said. "I used my feet and reflexes and I quickly moved in and out. I also used my jab all the time and listened to the commands of my coach Torsten Schmitz. Everything worked out well and this makes me so happy. Now I'm ready for the showdown and I want to fight Lamon Brewster for the world title."

"I trained very hard and my team gave me a lot of support. But it just showed that Luan was the better man tonight. I have no excuses", Whitaker admitted honestly.

Krasniqi won for the 28th time in a career that saw him losing only once with another fight resulting in draw. Earlier in his career Krasniqi already avenged his single loss to Przemyslaw Saleta in convincing manner.

His defeat to Krasniqi was the third loss for Lance “Mount” Whitaker who remained on the canvas flat on his back for almost a minute after the German knocked him out.

In the days preceeding the event the athmosphere was tense. Team Whitaker and their highly provocative speaker Steve “Crocodile” Fitch predicted on every possible location that the American would knock out the German in three rounds. At the official weigh-in on the previous day in Stuttgart the tension erupted into a riot on the podium. Krasniqi, however, handled all those psychological gibes very composed.

His upcoming opponent Lamon Brewster won the WBO belt on April 10, 2004, with an unexpected and sensational fifth round knockout over Wladimir Klitschko. Since then he defended his title twice: Against Australian Kali Meehan by a split decision and against Polish Andrew Golota with a first round knockout.

Should Krasniqi manage to defeat Brewster he would become the only heavyweight world champion from Germany beside Max Schmeling (1905 – 2005). The experts will probably give Krasniqi solid chances to succeed.

All Results:

WBO Heavyweight Eliminator:
Luan Krasniqi KO6 (2:33) Lance Whitaker

Heavyweight:
Valery Chechenev KO5 (1:41) Konstantin Onofrei

Heavyweight:
Juan Carlos Gomez KO2 (2:27) Jorge Arias

GBU Bantamweight Championship:
Alicia Graf W10 Alesia Graf
(96:95, 96:94, 94:96)

Super Welterweight:
Mustapha Karagol KO2 (2:10) Isaak Charles Okello

Cruiserweight:
Firat Arslan KO1 (1:35) Wlodek Kopec

Heavyweight:
Bagrat Ohanyan W4 Ali Saidi
(39:37, 40:37, 38:37)

GBU Jr. Featherweight Championship:
Silke Weickenmeier W10 Miki Kikukawa
(98:92, 97:92, 96:94)

Flyweight:
Julia Sahin W8 Marianne Chubirka
(79:75, 77:75, 79:73)

Heavyweight:
Ergin Solmaz KO1 (2:59) Alexander Kahl
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18 comments:

THA BLOODY ALBO - said...

OOOOOPSSSSSSSSSS WHITAKER JUST GOT KNOCKED THE FUK OUTTTTTTTTTT. WHERES ALL THE TALKIN MAN. LUAN ZEMER SHIPTAR.

The Cruiserweight said...

34 yrs. old??? (I thought he was slightly younger than that) I understand that he hasn't had that many pro fights (Long Amateur career though) and is still relatively young for a heavyweight,but he's got to get a real move on it.Like Audley Harrison,he's no 'spring chicken'.(Hey,why not have those two fight EACH OTHER?)

WHY? said...

LUAN WELL DONE! YOUR COUTRY KOSOVA YOUR PEOPLE ALL ALBANIANS IN THE WORLD ARE VERY PROUD OF YOU TONIGHT. GERMANY YOU ARE LUCKY, YOU OWN ONE OF THE BEST STRONGETS ALBANIAN PEOPLE IN THE WORLD WHO IS PROUD OF HIS ALBANIAN ROOTS. BLESS YOU KRASNIQI KOSOVA INDEPENDANT

The Cruiserweight said...

Sorry to 'rain on the parade',but let's settle down a little here folks.Whitaker was not an absolute bum,but he was no 'world-beater'.(The fact that some bogus sanctioning body had him ranked #2 is a complete joke and means nothing to me) Let's not pretend that Luan beat a TOP contender here.Because he didn't.Whitaker was big.That's about it.It was a good solid win over a fringe-contender folks.Nothing more,nothing less

Jeff said...

This is exciting! I read somewhere that Valuv is John Ruiz mandatory challenger. Now Krasniqi is Brewsters mandatory. Klitschko is Byrds mandatory. Could we possibly be witnessing a period in boxing history where the heavywieght division is ruled by European fighters?

Milosevic said...

wow, these Kraspikiwhateverhisname nuthuggers sound even crazier than pacman-iacs

THA BLOODY ALBO said...

MILOSE-BIQ SHUT UR MOUTH AND GET THE HELL OUTTA HERE. JE BEMTI TI PIQKO MATERINA. SVI SRBSKI SVU SVINJE.

The Cruiserweight said...

Milo-It's a 'nutty crew' alright! (I kinda like them though!) Peace...

anri said...

I agree with you 'The Cruiserweight' but KO isn't a joke for no boxer, so at this point I'd emphasize on Luan's hard work and talent. I think this win gives him a chance to be seen for who he really is.

The Cruiserweight said...

Very well put Anri.I can go along with that.

GIN & Juice said...

" This is exciting! I read somewhere that Valuv is John Ruiz mandatory challenger. Now Krasniqi is Brewsters mandatory. Klitschko is Byrds mandatory. Could we possibly be witnessing a period in boxing history where the heavywieght division is ruled by European fighters? " Maybe 30 years from now, people will look back at a heavyweight and say, Yeah, but how many White guys did so and so beat ? "

German Box Fan said...

This was the best fight I have ever seen from Luan. He don't give Whittaker a chance to get in the fight. From the first round on he dictate the fight with his Jab and his very hard cross. Finaly there where no chance for Whitaker, i thought he is stronger then he presented his self.

ds said...

wow, every time someone shows support for a boxer their called a "nuthugger". that is pretty pathetic. grow up you loads...

MRBILL said...

I HAD hopes for Lance Whitaker, but I'll forget the man as soon as I can... I don't wanna fret upon pretenders anymore... The last few weeks the division has been getting a face lift... Maybe it's a good thing, too...

EUROBOXER said...

Nice win for KRASNIQI. WHITAKER is being called a bum by the very same fans that would have been screeming he was underrated if he won. I would say KRASNIQI has a shot at BREWSTER.

Ferick said...

Where are those loosers who were screeming"Lun is a bum" or he "has not chance". I think a lot of those people are racist. Their judgment is clouded by emotions- they won't accept the fact that an Albanian is a Europian Champion and the very good possibility theat he may become a World Champ. Luan is a very modest man & he doesn't brag about his winns. This guy , Whitaker, was saying that he was going to kill Luan- what a looser. Action speak more than words. In any case, i am looking forward to seeing Luan fighting for the world title right her in the USA. Cheers brothers

Navin R. Johnson said...

I give Kraniqi an excellent chance at beating Brewster although I have not seen Krasniqui fight.

pavle vlastimirovic said...

Kosovo this is huge good for all my Albanian friends , this was needed. Put Kosovo on the map !