2003-03-15 Sven Ottke w pts 12 Byron Mitchell, Max Schmeling Arena, Berlin, Germany - IBF/WBA
2003-03-15 Sven Ottke w pts 12 Byron Mitchell, Max Schmeling Arena, Berlin, Germany - IBF/WBA. Referee: Stan Christodoulou. Scorecards: 115-113, 116-114, 112-116. In a fight to unify the IBF and WBA titles, it was Ottke (167) who ultimately came out on top after surviving a tough last round when he was shaken up by heavy left and rights as Mitchell (167¼) tried to turn the fight his way. Ottke, who started as he meant to carry on when jumping in with jabs and straight rights before moving away and denying Mitchell openings, always appeared to be one step ahead. With four rounds to go Mitchell moved in, looking to land heavily, but was thwarted more often than not as Ottke, now cut by the side of the left eye, made him miss again and again. At the final bell most good judges had Ottke further ahead than the officials, and how one of them had the American in front beggared belief.