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Eastern Europe Bits: Ageev, Mikhailenko, BBU and More

By Alexey Sukachev

On July 7, Victor Petrovich Ageev, who is widely recognized as one of the best Soviet fighters in the history of the amateur boxing system, celebrated his 70th anniversary. Ageev never won any Olympic medals but he was able to achieve cross-sport popularity in the Soviet community even despite the fact he had served his jail time for severe misconduct and abuse of a state militiaman in an urban melee. 

Ageev was celebrated for his unique combat stance with his hands loosely down at his waist. That didn't prevent him from becoming a four-time Soviet (1963, 1965-1967) and a two-time European (1965 and 1967) middleweight champion. Ageev hasn’t lost a single international contest since the beginning of the sixties until the forced end of his illustrious career due to the legal proceedings.

Victor Ageev is also the president of the Professional Boxing Federation of Russia and a chairman of several international boxing committees. He was honored with a number of prizes and awards to solidify his image of Russian boxing ambassador.

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25-year old Kuban-native Dmitry Mikhailenko (12-0, 5 KOs) came out as a winner of the super-final of the International Kostya Tszyu Cup, also known as the Supercup, this past Saturday in the biggest Siberian city of Tyumen.

The Supercup is a lengthy play-off like boxing tournament, which ended this February after Mikhailenko, who is promoted by German Titov and managed by Alexey Titov, had soundly crushed relative novice Alexey Glukhov in eight rounds. By doing so Dmitry had become the 2010 Tszyu Cup winner. To determine the victor of the super-final, Mikhailenko had to overcome Fariz Kazimov (12-2-1, 3 KOs), who took top honors in 2009.

Mikhailenko didn’t hurry foolishly and took his time to evaluate Kazimov’s in-your-face style of boxing. Both fighters were involved in a series of bloody exchanges but Mikhailenko was just a bit smarter than his opponent and far more precise. He forced Kazimov, 24, who has a win over former champion DeMarcus Corley on his resume, to tire quickly while punishing him with an increasing volume of punches. The end came in the seventh round, when Mikhailenko floored his foe with a hard left-left-right combination. Referee Victor Panin started counting but soon changed his mind and immediately waved the fight off even though Kazimov was up and arguably ready to fight on.

Also, Rustam Nugaev (22-6-1, 12 KOs) survived some early threats to get by tough and durable Kyrgyz Shavkat Madaminov (9-6, 3 KOs) with a majority decision over eight, while former amateur star “King” Khabib Allakhverdiev (14-0, 6 KOs) proved his superiority over willing but hardly a special opponent in Maxim Smirnov (8-4-2, 4 KOs) with a unanimous decision over eight.

Other results:
Ibragim Khalilov (4-1-2, 3 KOs) SD 4 Abdul Manem Kabbani (3-1, 1 KO)
Akmal Juraev (2-0, 2 KOs) TKO 3 Vitaly Shemetov (0-1)
Niazi Samedov (1-5) SD 4 Sergey Starkov (16-58-2, 2 KOs)
Young promoter Kira Plotnikova has organized this inspiring event.

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Two Ukrainians will collide in Spain for the Baltic Boxing Union junior welterweight title on July 23, when capable Artiom Ayvazidi (10-1, 5 KOs), whose only loss came this May via a controversial split decision to world-ranked Sergey Fedchenko, faces Spanish-based Ivan Gryniuk (5-1, 3 KOs) in Valencia.

One can wonder why two Ukrainians are going to fight for the Baltic title at the shores of Mediterranean Sea. In fact, the BBU recently adopted Ukraine and Belarus as its associated members (due to their cultural and pugilistic proximity to the Baltic Sea region) which is going to allow pugilists from those states to fight for the full-fledged BBU titles, while the place of the clash isn’t specified in the Baltic Boxing Union’s intrinsic regulations. Nevertheless, this fight is expected to bring on some huge fireworks inside the ring.

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Georgia has a new power hitter to look at. 21-year old middleweight Boris Mdinaradze is already 17-1, with 13 KOs, since the start of his career in 2007. Mdinaradze is almost unstoppable in his native country but he is just 1-1 outside of Georgia, including a one-sided loss to someone called Bilel Latreche for a vacant IBF Youth title the last year. Mdinaradze isn’t good by any means but with a sparkle of fortune he can possibly become yet another credible journeyman, like brothers Shalva and Levan Jomardashvili, who will be in demand for various BTL shows in future.

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Bosnian cruiserweight Adnan Buharalja (24-9-2, 16 KOs) tried to become something big and he even got some wins under his aegis - only to be mercilessly stopped by little-known Frenchman Julien Perriaux (14-8, 6 KOs) at 2:40 of the seventh round last Friday night in Fojnica, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Perriaux acquired a vacant WBC Mediterranean belt after this success. Darko Popivoda promoted.

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