ESBJERG, Denmark. By Per Ake Persson – EBU featherweight champ Alex Miskirtchian, 22-2-1, retained the title with a 12th and final round stoppage of Norwegian Andreas Evensen, 17-3-1. It was stopped at 2.33 Evensen as got up from a knockdown, he didn´t seem badly stunned but as referee Howard Foster looked at his face he called it off. Andreas looked as if he had been through a windmill – cut, swollen, bruised and part of the problem was poor cornerwork where the enswell seemed to be missing – and at the same time he wasn´t badly hurt but facial and visual damage also count, boxingscene.com reports.
Still Evensen put up one hell of a fight and gave Miskirtchian a very tough night making hardfought an understatement but the Belgian was just a little too strong and had more power. Andreas was down in the third after a right and hurt again in the seventh after a right to the ear. The challenger took all though, kept coming, punching non-stop and made it closer by outworking the champion. But Evensen lacks punching power and finesse at the higher level and for every round his face looked worse and worse and at the end I doubt he could see much out of the right eye – and by tomorrow he will look like a victim of a traffic accident.
After eleven it was scored 105-104 twice and 105-103, all for Miskirtchian. I had it also for Miskirtchian but wider as I went with his more powerful punches.
,,Our warm congratulations go our compatriot Alex Miskirtchian, EBU featherweight champion, who was all set to make a voluntary defense of the title against Norwegian Andreas Evensen on Saturday, February 9, at Blue Water Dokken in Esbjerg. — Alex Miskirtchian defending his European Champion title ,,. The Armenian Embassy in Denmark and Norway-Facebook page.