Sebastian Sylvester vs. Giovanni Lorenzo
2009-09-19 : Sebastian Sylvester 159¼ lbs beat Giovanni Lorenzo 160 lbs by SD in round 12 of 12
- Location: Jahnsportforum, Neubrandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany
- Referee: David Fields
- Judge: Valerie Dorsett 111-116
- Judge: Pawel Kardyni 116-112
- Judge: Alfred Asaro 115-113
Close bout, with German Middleweight Sylvester outworking Lorenzo over the last three rounds to win the IBF middleweight title. Lorenzo, a Dominican fighting out of New York City, lost 12 round split decisions in two of his last three IBF-related bouts. Sylvester, 32-3 with 15 KOs, won the IBF version of the middleweight title vacated by Arthur Abraham, who moved up in weight. Lorenzo fell to 27-2, 19 KOs.