Advertisement
Advertisement

Eastern Euro News: Sartison, Vlasov, Fedchenko, More

By Alexey Sukachev

Two Russian notables were successful on Saturday while fighting in Kohtla-Jarve, Estonia, for locally controversial WBC Baltic titles.

25-year old lanky super middleweight Maxim Vlasov (22-1, 12 KOs) imposed a sound beating upon Poland-based Ukrainian Roman Shkarupa (24-3-2, 8 KOs). Shkarupa was down in the third and wasn’t allowed to continue fighting after a break between the third and the fourth rounds. Vlasov is a relatively known personality also in the States thanks to his regular appearances on Friday Night Fights. This spring he suffered his first loss in a close and controversial fight with Isaac Chilemba.

More lengthy was a fight between WBC #9 cruiserweight Alexander Kotlobay (21-2-1, 15 KOs) and Lithuanian journeyman Mantas Tarvydas (18-11, 12 KOs). It ended in the seventh after Kotlobay’s dominance became evident.

WBC Baltic title is officially disregarded by the Professional Boxing Federation of Russia, Thus these fights took place in Estonia, the only Baltic country except Poland, to support the idea of such a belt.

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

WBA #1 super middleweight Dmitry Sartison (28-1, 17 KOs) got back into action on Saturday at Bulle de Gerardchamps in Liege, Belgium, and looked rusty and woefully out-of-shape against 21-year old Latvian journeyman Arturs Kulikauskis (7-12-2, 4 KOs). The former WBA champion was fighting for the first time since getting his best career win over Khoren Gevor in July 2010 and didn’t look good at all. After eight rounds, one judge gave a draw 77-77, while two other voted in favour of the Germany-based Kazakh 79-77 and 78-75.

In the main undercard fight of the event, hard-hitting local bantamweight Stephane Jamoye (22-3, 12 KOs) knocked out Nicaraguan Julio Buitrago (11-11, 2 KOs) in four.

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

K2 Promotions will be back into promotional activity the next Saturday night in Kharkov, Ukraine. In the main event, WBO #5 ranked junior welterweight Sergey “Professor” Fedchenko (28-1, 13 KOs) will take on former world title challenger and WBO #15 ranked Frenchman Willie Blain (24-1, 4 KOs). Fedchenko, 30, is coming off a controversial win over previously unbeaten countryman Artiom Ayvazidi in May. Blain, 33, is 4-0 since losing to Lamont Peterson in April 2009. WBO European title will be at stake in this fight.

Several Ukrainian contenders will be featured in the undercard. Welterweights Valery Brazhnik (26-0-1, 16 KOs), ranked WBO #13, Victor Plotnikov (25-1, 12 KOs) and Dmytro Semernin (7-0, 3 KOs) will all fight Georgian journeymen. Also planned to take part in the show are highly ranked light heavyweight Vyacheslav Uzelkov (24-1, 15 KOs), who is ranked #5 by the WBA, #11 by the WBC, #12 by the WBO and #15 by the IBF, and Valentin Holovko (14-0, 9 KOs).

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Two dangerous Eastern European fighters continued their winning streaks a week and a half ago at Gagarin Club in Minsk, Belarus, where local promoter Valery Kaplia unified his efforts with Philippe Fondu and Ricky Hatton to stage a pleasant little show for Belarussian fight fans.

In the main event, Alexander Sushchyts (13-1, 7 KOs) barely got past Evgueny Abdrazakov (8-8, 3 KOs) to get a vacant national middleweight title via a majority decision: 96-94, 98-97 and 97-97. However, stars of the night were two other fighters.

First, hard-punching Kazakh Zhanat Zhakiyanov improved to 16-1, with 9 KOs, after the second-round blowout of undefeated local youngster Dmitry Agofonov (8-1, 2 KOs). Zhakiyanov is 3-0, 3 KOs, this year while fighting also in England and Switzerland. His lone loss came against world-ranked Russian Sahib Usarov three years ago.

Also, WBA #13 light middleweight Sergey Rabchenko (19-0, 14 KOs) got his fourth victory of 2011, when he stopped Ukrainian trialhorse Vladimir Borovskiy (21-45-2, 10 KOs) in the eighth. Next for a notorious bodypuncher Rabchenko could be a fight against Prince Arron for a vacant European title.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Post a Comment/View More User Comments (0)
Top Headlines Khan: Canelo Deal Was So Smooth, Finalized Within Days The Real Comeback of Andre Ward Amir Khan Confident: If I Hit Canelo Clean, I Can Hurt Him! Herring Dominates Flores; Williams Survives Late Scare Mayweather Not Concerned With Canelo-Khan on 5/7 Date Roman Gonzalez Says Return Will Happen on Golovkin-Wade Rey Vargas To Return on Leo Santa Cruz-Kiko Martinez Card Timothy Bradley Formally Vacates WBO Welterweight Title Chavez Sr. Not Happy With Canelo-Khan, Wants Canelo-Golovkin Andre Ward-Sullivan Barrera Confirmed For March 26 in Oakland Photos: Manny Pacquiao Flexing His Political Muscle Back Home Golden Boy VP: Shabranskyy Was Willing To Face Andre Ward Billy Dib: Thank God I Finally Got Away From 50 Cent! Francisco Vargas vs. Orlando Salido Still a Possibility? Martinez-Berchelt On Course For March 12 After WBO Rejects Appeal Julio Ceja, Hugo Ruiz Ready For Rematch War on Feb. 27th Anthony Joshua-Charles Martin in Serious Talks, Says Hearn Zou Shiming Ring Return Draws 36.5 Million Viewers in China Gabe Bracero Arrested After Allegedly Beating Up Cop Rigondeaux To Train At Derry Mathews' Gym In Liverpool Oscar Duarte Signs With Golden Boy, Returns February 19 Juan Hernandez Has Chocolatito In Sights After Latest Win Gallagher: Canelo is Not Golovkin, Amir Khan Can Win K. Porter: Shawn Will Punish Keith Thurman Until He Breaks Lomachenko on When He Learned Mike Tyson Was Not Ukrainian Masternak Returns on Loaded April 2 Bill In Krakow Jazza Dickens Embraces Underdog Role Versus Rigondeaux Kiatniwat Scores Repeat Win Over Lebron in Thailand Nonito Donaire's Trainer Expects Pressure Fight From Bedak Hearn Expects Quigg To Score "Brutal" Knockout of Frampton Tasif Khan Stops Isaac Quaye In Six, Wins WBU/GBU Crowns Eddie Chambers: The Division is in Good Hands With Tyson Fury Moralde, Duno Ready To Go To War in General Santos City Amir Khan: Once My Shots Land on Canelo, He Will Think Twice! Mayweather: Khan Thinks He Can Do What I Did To Canelo Here's One Vote For Another Bernard 'Alien' Hopkins Sighting Erik Morales: Amir Khan Won't Last Four Rounds With Canelo Luis Ortiz Warns Tony Thompson: Barking Dogs Don't Bite! Billy Dib To Face Sukkasem Kietyongyuth on February 26 Arreola Suspended For 90 Days, Tests Positive For Marijuana
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement