Two-time cruiserweight titleholder Steve Cunningham retained his IBF belt with a competitive 12-round unanimous decision over Enad Licina in Muelheim, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany, on Saturday.
Cunningham, THE RING’s No. 1-rated crusierweight, won by scores of 118-110, 117-111, 115-113.
It was the third consecutive victory Cunningham (24-2, 12 knockouts) since the 34-year-old Philadelphia native dropped a thrilling split decision to Tomasz Adamek for THE RING cruiserweight title in December of 2008.
Licina (19-3, 10 KOs), a 31-year-old Serbian based in Berlin, reportedly put forth a respectable challenge to the experienced American beltholder.
On the same card, Arthur Abraham (32-2, 26 KOs) bounced back from consecutive losses by stopping Stjepan Bozic at 1:01 of the second round of a scheduled 10-round super middleweight fight.
The fight was stopped when Bozic couldn’t continue because of what he said was a left-hand injury.
Abraham is scheduled to face Andre Ward in the Super Six semifinals on May 14.