1999-02-27 Sven Ottke w co 3 Giovanni Nardiello, Max Schmeling Arena, Berlin, Germany - IBF
1999-02-27 Sven Ottke w co 3 Giovanni Nardiello, Max Schmeling Arena, Berlin, Germany - IBF. Referee: Bobby Ferrera. Defending his title for the first time, Ottke (167¼), normally a slow starter, soon got down to business in the second round when he realised that Nardiello’s southpaw jabs were falling short and his defence was lacking. Coming out confidently in the third to send Nardiello (168) staggering into the ropes, for which the latter appeared to take longer than ten seconds to recover, Ottke eventually crashed in another heavy right to the jaw that saw the Italian counted out with 30 seconds of the session remaining.