By Alexey Sukachev
Moscow, Russia - WBA #1 Dmitry Chudinov (13-0-2, 8 KOs) retained his WBA Interim title and positioned himself closer to a possible fight with reigning Kazakh middleweight terror Gennady Golovkin (29-0, 26 KOs), the owner of the regular title for it's worth, with a hard-fought unanimous decision over previously undefeated Dane Patrick Nielsen.
WBA #4 Nielsen, 23, was the favorite in eyes of many fans and experts, coming into this fight. He started his career later than Chudinov but avoided lengthy layoffs and was more consistent, slowly and methodically building his Danish basis. It didn't helped him much in this fight though.
Aggressive as usual, Chudinov immediately got to work. He worked behind a right hand first - a good weapon against a viscous southpaw like Nielsen. The latter tried to catch Chudinov with a sneaky left cross and did some damage in the first. However, rounds one-to-four were mostly Chudinov's. Nielsen did a better job at the end of the
fifth and also took the sixth on his precision but started to fade after that. Feeling consequences of the Russian's bombs he started to clinch and hold excessively. Surprisingly, referee Mark Nelson failed to cooperate (as it was the case in the previous bout) and failed to give Nielsen even stern warnings. However, Chudinov didn't let the
fight out of his hand. He was aggressive, he threw more and he landed more to convincingly outpoint and outslug the heavily tattooed Dane.
At the end, Ignacio Robles had it 117-111, Carlos Sucre saw it 116-112, and Glenn Feldman scored it 115-113 - in favor of Chudinov. BoxingScene saw even a wider margin for the Russian boxer: 118-110 - in a fight that was a tremendous gift from a passionate motorcyclist Chudinov to his friends at Night Wolves MG, which celebrated their 25th anniversary yesterday.
----------------------It was stated by a number of anthropologists that blondes are a dying breed, being on the brink of extinction. If anything, it has been proven tonight at Atlant Arena in Mytischi, where Russian blonde Svetlana Kulakova (9-0-1, 1 KO), the WBA interim light welterweight champion, failed to unify her title with that of the WBA regular champion Ana Laura Esteche (10-3-2, 2 KOs), a 23-year old brunette from Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Kulakova, eight years her senior and much thinner, did her best to stay on the distance, firing numerous jabs and trying power punches on her way in. She was consistent in doing so but she lacked power in her punches to get the respect of a stocky Argentinean. Esteche bullied in, winging haymakers and uppercuts. She had much more power than Kulakova, but lost the first three rounds.
The midst of the fight was all Esteche's, who rocked and stalked Kulakova with her blows. Referee Mark Nelson didn't help the cause either, rightfully deducting points from Kulakova in rounds five and eight for excessive holding and clinching. Russian blonde accelerated in the last couple of rounds and landed more meaningful punches but it was too little and too late for her dream. Scores were: 96-92 (Kulakova), 94-94 and 93-95 (Esteche). BoxingScene was in agreement with the latter judge. Esteche retained her title.
Rising Danish cruiserweight Micki Nielsen improved his record to 14-0, 11 KOs, after the third-round stoppage of Ukrainian veteran Igor Pylypenko (4-17-2, 1 KO).
Nielsen, 21, dropped Pylypenko, who is almost twice older, with a huge left had to the liver at the end of the first. In round two, Pylypenko was wobbled again - once again right before the bell. He was then finished off with another combo of Nielsen at 0:30 of the third.
Lanky Kazakh cruiserweight Isa "Bumblebee" Akberbayev (12-0, 8 KOs) scored another technical knockout but failed to impress against previously undefeated Kenyan Morris Okola (4-1, 2 KOs). It's to be noted, however, that heavyweight Okola was almost thirty-five pounds heavier than Akberbayev.
The Kazakh boxer boxed from the distance against the plodding Kenyan and mostly successful. However, Okolo wobbled Akberbayev in the third round. In the fifth, the Kenyan was hit below the beltline and surprisingly was also issued a standing eight count by veteran referee Evgueny Gorstkov. He also suffered a bad cut over his left eye - the reason why this fight has been stopped after the end of round five with a TKO victory being awarded to the Kazakh fighter.
Former Azerbaijani amateur standout Ramal Amanov (5-0) was taught another lesson of prizefighting by an unknown Kenyan opponent in a very hard-fought unanimous decision win in their scheduled eight-rounder. "Unknown" isn't just a figure of speech but more a fact, as a name and a record announced (Michael Odhiambo: 12-5, 9 KOs - before the fight) differed considerably from one, put into the booklet, listed at Boxrec, and voiced by ringside commentators (Maykl Ogundo: debutant).
Amanov, while making a shift to pro boxing, is still primarily an amateur fighter rather than a pugilist. He immediately started to box circles over his rugged and flat-footed opponent. Ogundo/Odhiambo pressed the action but his skills weren't good enough to deliver a sufficient amount of landed punches to Amanov. The latter, on the other hand, was too feather-fisted to put the Kenyan into trouble. Moreover, it was Ogundo/Odhiambo, who landed a counter right hand to send Amanov down in the fifth round. Confusion didn't last long for Amanov, as he boxed his way to an unspectacular and unsatisfying points victory. BoxingScene had it 77-74 - also for the Azerbaijani.
Debutant Mark Chipinov (0-1) tried hard but failed to impress against slightly more experienced light heavyweight Andrey Sirotkin (4-0, 1 KO). Sirotkin looked finer and tighter than his aggressive foe and scored a hard-fought unanimous decision in a scheduled six-rounder.