2005-11-26 Wladimir Sidorenko w pts 12 Jose De Jesus Lopez, Wilhelm Dopatka Hall, Leverkusen, Germany - WBA

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2005-11-26 Wladimir Sidorenko w pts 12 Jose De Jesus Lopez, Wilhelm Dopatka Hall, Leverkusen, Germany - WBA. Referee: Steve Smoger. Scorecards: 118-111, 119-109, 119-109. Getting into gear from the third round onwards, the champion had the fight under control when hooking off the jab and attacking the body whenever he could, with De Jesus Lopez (117¼) content to box at range. The pattern never really changed, even when the points were piling up against the Venezuelan, who lacked the firepower to bother Sidorenko (117¾). Towards the end of the contest, De Jesus Lopez was almost spent, having been under constant attack, and appeared content just to make it to the final bell.

On 22 December at the Rajadamnern Stadium, Bangkok, Thailand, Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym outscored Leo Gamez over 12 rounds to retain the WBA ‘interim’ title and secure himself a crack at Sidorenko.