2000-10-07 Armand Krajnc w rsc 6 Bert Schenk, Estrel Convention Centre, Berlin, Germany - WBO

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2000-10-07 Armand Krajnc w rsc 6 Bert Schenk, Estrel Convention Centre, Berlin, Germany - WBO. Referee: James Condon. Having lost his title through injury, Schenk (159½) was given the opportunity to regain it when meeting the current champion, Krajnc (159), but unfortunately for him he was eventually found wanting. Starting slowly, the southpaw Schenk lost the first two rounds before getting back into the fight when winning the third and fourth with solid counters proving effective. He was also going reasonably well in the fifth, but halfway into the session he was in trouble and after taking a heavy right hook to the head followed by a body shot in the sixth he dropped to his knees. Back on his feet after taking a mandatory ‘eight’ count, Schenk merely covered up before the referee stopped the fight on the 2.51 mark when he was not hitting back. Following reports that Krajnc had split from his management and renounced his WBO title during the summer of 2001, the championship was declared vacant and a match was made between the WBO junior middleweight champion, Harry Simon, and Hacine Cherifi. The contest went ahead on 21 July 2001 at the Ruben Rodriguez Coliseum, Bayamon, Puerto Rico and Simon outpointed Cherifi over 12 rounds of a fight billed for the vacant title. However, when it later transpired that Krajnc had not vacated the championship, despite a letter from his lawyer to that effect, and was refusing to step down, the WBO were eventually forced to accept that Simon v Cherifi was merely an ‘interim’ championship fight and that the winner of a projected Krajnc v Paolo Roberto contest would have to defend against Simon.