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Saturday, April 24, 2010

Plotinsky Stopped in the 5th

In the fifth round, WBO light heavyweight champion Jürgen Brähmer threw a left hook that wobbled the challenger, Mariano Plotinsky. Plotinsky stabilized himself before receiving a left cross to the chin from the southpaw. Plotinsky seemed to take it well and was preparing to answer when the fight was curiously stopped at 2:36 by the referee, Paul Thomas. Plotinsky immediately contested the stoppage.

Brähmer, who moves to 36-2 with 29 KOs, scored a flash knockdown in the first round. The noticeably taller champion was calculating from the outside all night. Brähmer was often able to get his punches off first.

Plotinsky, who falls to 16-4 with 8 KOs, courageously attempted to barrel his way past Brähmer's steady guard. Even after getting knocked down in the first and staggered in the third, Plotinsky continued to stay aggressive. It was a gutsy performance, though in a losing effort. After the contentious stoppage, Plotinsky was classy, clapping for Brähmer when the winner's name was announced.

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