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Boxing: Cristian Ciocan defends European heavyweight title

Romanian boxer Cristian Ciocan (25) has successfully defended his European WBO heavyweight title on Friday evening in Galati after Ukraine’s Oleksiy Mazikin (38) abandoned the bout in the sixth round, prosport informs. 3,200 fans exploded with joy, celebrating their local hero. The game was part of the “Champion in my country” Gala organized by the Galati City Hall and EC Boxing, a German company led by promoter Erol Ceylan, who also represents Ciocan. The Gala had a budget of approximately EUR 280,000. Ciocan, also known as Hammer, boxed for the first time in Romania after he made the move to professional boxing in 2008. The Romanian did not have a comfortable lead over veteran Mazikin when the latter abandoned the bout. Ciocan had a fairly slow start and allowed the Ukrainian boxer to win two out of six rounds. The ProSport reporter’s score was 58-56 for Ciocan after round six, similar with the score given by former Romanian boxing champion Mihai Leu, who was a WBO referee at this game. Another Romanian that could enter the professional boxing circuit participated in the gala. Flavius Biea (23) had an easy win against Bulgaria’s Pavel Petkov (KO 1). Former winner of three gold medals in the cadets and junior European and world championships, Biea disappeared for a while from Romanian boxing. He went to Colcester, England, where he found an Englishman that helps him build a career in the professional circuit. On Friday evening he received an offer from Erol Cylan, Ciocan’s promoter.

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