A very good and spectacular vacant title bout between Ryan Ford (Canada) and Nick Hannig (Germany) took place in Berlin at the nice and sold out Verti Music Hall last February 9 with the vacant WBC International 175 Lbs title at stake.
Alexander Petkovic promoted the show.
Local boxing hero Nick Hannig caused a huge surprise by getting the 12-round distance for the first time in his boxing career and outpointing much more experienced Ryan Ford over twelve hard fought rounds.
No knockdowns scored in the fight.
The final decison was :
115 – 113 (twice) – 117-112 (too wide) –
All for the new WBC International champion Nick Hannig.
Hannig wins the vacant WBC International title with close unanimous decision over Canadian Ford. The local fighter dominated the early rounds. He took control of the centre of the ring and outboxed the slower but strong and more experienced Ford. After four rounds Hannig was way in front on all three cards. He built on his lead over the fifth and six , but gradually the strength of Ford began to tell, as the Canadian pushed strongly over the end. Perhaps, a bit too late. At the end of round eight one judge had 79-73 and the other two 78-74 both. All for Hannig who probably thought he had done enough to leave Ford with a big gap to bridge. Ford began to get through with some heavy head punches over the last three rounds against a tired Hannig. Ford came very close, but it was just too big a deficit to win the fight. Scores 115-113 twice and 117-112 (too wide) all for Hannig. The 32-year-old “Mr Business” is reported to have ended his amateur days after 100 fights with 79 wins before turning pro at 30. He had never gone past eight rounds before so the experience of going twelve will have helped his confidence. The “Mr Business” nickname is because he owns a security company and a gym. He loves collecting vintage Harley Davisons. Ford, 36, a former MMA campaigner, has lost some bouts before, but all on points in the backyard of his contenders and Ryan can be considered a tough customer for many.
Former WBC International champions in this weight class
Serge Michel, Germany
Isaac Chilemba, Malawi
Sullivan Barrera, Cuba
Joe Smith Jr. , USA
Andrzej FONFARA, Poland
Thomas Oosthuizen, South Africa
Joey Vegas, Uganda
Isaac Chilemba, Malawi
Doudou N’Gumbu, Congo
Silvio Branco, Italy
Adrian Diaconu, Roumania – Canada
Pietro AURINO, Italy
Clinton Woods, Great Britain
Thomas Ulrich, Germany
Sven Ottke, Germany
Asmir Vojnovic, Bosnia & Herzegovina
Virgil Hill, USA
Ramzi Hassan, Jordan
Ole Klemetsen, Norway
José Gomez, Brazil
Joe Siluvangi, Zaire
Jabrail Jabrailov, Russia
Lottie Mwale, Zambia
Noé Cruciani, Italy
Nestor ‘Hipolito’ Giovannini, Argentina
Jimmy Joseph, Trinidad & Tobago
Davis Lule Yawe, Uganda