By Mikko Salo. Finnish lightweight prospect Edis Tatli (18-0, 5 KO)
continues his fast rise in the European ranks. Tatli pocketed his first
belt on Saturday night by TKOing Italian Paolo Gassani (16-3, 8 KO) in
the first round for the vacant EU title at Ringside Gym in Espoo,
Finland. With the win Tatli becomes a player in the European lightweight
Pekka Mäki`s 25-year-old star pupil connected with a hard left hook
early in the first round and ”finnished” the job at 1:20 mark with a
barrage of punches. With all due respect to Tatli`s fast development and
impressive skill set, his opponent had no business being in the ring in
an international title fight of any kind. Paolo Gassani`s 16 wins had
come against fighters with an average record of 3-16-1 and the previous
time he was thrown in the ring against a serious talent - last year
against Italy`s number one lightweight Emiliano Marsili (25-0-1, 10 KO) -
he was KOed in the 1st round as well.
On the undercard, Niko Jokinen (19-0, 7 KO), who previously
campaigned at super middleweight, showed his punching power as a
middleweight by knocking out Iranian-born Spaniard Fatah Baghban (8-5, 5
KO) in the first round. A first round knockout was also seen in a light
heavyweight contest, where promising prospect Eemeli Katajisto (3-0, 2
KO) made short work of Lubo Hantak (9-48-2, 5 KO). Light welterweight
Jarkko Putkonen (7-0, 4 KO) scored a six-round decision over Ivan Godor
(10-26-4, 5 KO) and debutant Mikko Alanko (1-0) brought home a
four-rounder against Ladislav Nemeth (1-17-1, 1 KO). Hantak, Godor and
Nemeth all hail from Slovakia.
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