2002-03-16 Sven Ottke w pts 12 Rick Thornberry, Borderland Hall, Magdeburg, Germany - IBF

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2002-03-16 Sven Ottke w pts 12 Rick Thornberry, Borderland Hall, Magdeburg, Germany - IBF. Referee: Denny Nelson. Scorecards: 120-108, 120-108, 120-108. Despite securing a shut-out points win, Ottke (168) failed to come close to dropping an extremely competitive challenger who was always in front of him. It was clear right from the opening bell that Thornberry (167½) was not at the same level as Ottke, but that did not stop him from trying at every opportunity. Defending his title for the 13th time, Ottke consistently got through with solid left jabs and combinations and once again delighted the crown with his consummate boxing skills.