LightHeavy weight  Championship  WIESBADEN- close to Frankfurt         

July 6  at the Brita Arena Soccer Stadium in Wiesbaden –   Germany


By Alexander Petkovic


Nick had won this belt in a spectacular vacant title bout against Ryan Ford (Canada) at the sold out Verti Music Hall in Berlin last February 9.  Alexander Petkovic promoted the show.    Nick indeed 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