By Alexey Sukachev
WBA ex-champion Ruslan Chagaev (26-1-1, 17 KOs) could very well get another shot at the very same belt (currently owned by Britain's David Haye) after his convenient twelve-round unanimous decision over Australia's Kali Meehan (35-4, 29 KOs) in an offcial WBA heavyweight eliminator, which ended moments ago at Stadthalle in Rostock, Germany. WBA #2, WBO #5 and IBF #7 ranked Uzbek fighter started the bout slowly chasing his much bigger opponent around the ring. Southpaw Chagaev used his block to repulse Meehan's scarce power punches and kept moving in trying to find a soft spot for his awkward left hand. Oppositely, the Australian guest chose to place a bet on the right hand of his own but his punches were way off the mark in the first half of the fight. However, WBA #1 Meehan used his jab to keep Chagaev mostly at bay in the first two rounds.
As the fight progressed, it became more and more obvious that Chagaev's mastership and skill asset prevailed over that of his opponent. In round three, the Uzbek fighter finally started to tag Meehan with his trademark left hand to the head and from that point on Chagaev simply couldn't miss with his best weapon, while Meehan was forced to seek for salvation in clinches. Chagaev soon added a right hook to his tactics and a major left hook to the body of his opponent, and the Australian import began to be beat up even more badly. However, in later rounds Kali dug deep and was able to catch the second wind. Meehan landed his right hand several times and he turned to be a more active man (than Chagaev) down the stretch. At the end of the day his last surge proved to bee too little and too late, as all thre judges gave their votes in favour of Ruslan Chagaev with the scores: 117-111, 117-112 and 118-110. BScene scored the fight 118-110 for Chagaev as well.
Comebacking former WBO heavyweight champion Sergey "White Wolf" Liakhovich (25-3, 16 KOs) overcame some adversity and scored one of his most impressive wins in last years, knocking out Nicaraguan import Evans Quinn (18-4-1, 16 KOs) in the ninth round of scheduled ten. The Belarussian looked rusty and a bit out of shape allowing Quinn to land his right hand in the opening rounds. Liakhovich used multile left hooks to stay in the game but Nicaraguan's overall poundage was superior to him. In the midst of the fight Liakhovich also had his nose bleeding profusely. Sensing the clash could turn into Quinn's favour Liakhovich did his best to deliver more heat as the bout progressed. He finally caught retreating and rapidly fatiguing Quinn in the seventh stanza with his right hand forcing referee to issue a standing eight count. Quinn barely survived till the bell ending this round and he was even able to survive through the eighth. The end came soon after the start of round nine following a powerful right hand of Liakhovich that sent Quinn down badly, where he was finally counted out.
Light-hitting Polish stylist Aleksey Kuziemski (19-1, 4 KOs) got his career back on track after a hard-fought unanimous decision over fellow teammate and up-and-coming prospect Igor Michalkin (11-1, 7 KOs). IBF #5, WBA #7 and WBO #12 Kuziemski, who lost his title bid to Juerghen Braehmer the last year, delivered his usual performance controlling cruder, younger Michalkin with his jab and frequent combinations. After even starting rounds the Pole increased both his finesse and punch output down the stretch to outwork the Russian fighter. Scores were 96-94, 97-93 and 98-92 - for Aleksey Kuzimeski who has also caputred German International light heavyweight title.
Newly-crowned WBC super featherweight champion Vitaly Tajbert (20-1, 6 KOs) retained his full regalia for the first time in an unspectacuar fashion by getting a technical nod over WBC #15 Mexican veteran Hector Velazquez (51-15-2, 35 KOs). Tajbert controlled the pace and the flow of the fight for the first eight rounds using his amateur background to continuously frustrate his 35-year old foe. In round nine, Velazquez went forward and used his head improperly initiating a headbutt that resulted in a severe cut of Tajbert. The German fighter was unable to continue this clash and, after judges' scorecards had been collected, a unanimous technical decision was announced in favour of the defending titlist. Velazquez got his second consecutive shot at championship belt despite being 0-2 in his last fights. Tajbert was awarded with the full title after previous champion Humberto Soto had moved up in weight to capture the WBC belt at lightweight limit.
Dόsseldorf-based Polish heavyweight Marcus Tomala (7-2, 3 KOs) avenged the first of his losses outpointing former German amateur standout Sebastian Koeber (19-2, 13 KOs) unanimously over six rounds. Previously, Tomala dropped a split decision (although over ten rounds) to Koeber in October 2009 allowing his opponent to acquire an interim version of the German title. This time scores were 58-56 (twice) and 59-56 - for the Pole, who bounced back after suffering two losses in his last two bouts. Koeber, on the other hand, is on the downslide being previously outpointed also by upset specialist Zack Page in January.
Hungarian flyweight Pal "Pimpa" Bedak moved up to 8-0 with 5 KOs after the third-round stoppage of Chilean import Pedro Cardenas (12-7, 7 KOs).
2009 welterweight amateur world champion Jack Culcay-Keth continued his rise in paid ranks destroying Brazilian journeyman Isac Tavares (15-9, 5 KOs) at 2:23 of the very first round. Culcay-Keth is now 4-0 with 3 wins coming inside the distance