Not without scandal: Ukrainian boxer won the championship belt after 12 defeats in a row

44-year-old Ukrainian boxer Viktor Plotnikov became the owner of the WBU junior middleweight title.

In Dessau, Germany, an experienced Ukrainian entered the ring against local boxer Ronnie Gabel.

Already in the starting round, Plotnikov knocked down the champion. Victor dominated throughout the fight until the final gong.

It seemed that the Ukrainian boxer would win by unanimous decision, but the judges issued a scandalous verdict – a draw, which left the German boxer with the championship belt.

Fortunately, after the fight, a special commission of the WBU intervened in the situation, forcing them to reconsider the result of the fight. An error was announced by one of the judges, who scored 114-114 instead of 114-113 in favor of the Ukrainian.

Thus, Plotnikov still received the WBU champion title. Incredibly, Victor won the belt, breaking a streak of 12 consecutive defeats that had lasted since May 2016.

  • In total, Plotnikov’s career has 34 wins (15 by knockout) and 15 losses in the professional ring. He is a former IBF boxing world champion.
  • Gabel lost for the first time in 7 fights. The track record of the German boxer has 29 wins (20 by knockout), 7 losses and one draw.

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