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Euro News: Brudov, Sukhotskiy-Campillo, Khurtsidze, More

By Alexey Sukachev and Andrey Bazdrev

Some details are in for Friday’s big boxing event in Kemerovo, Russia. The show was advertised as “The Nikolay Valuev Cup” with the giant former belt-holder greeting the winners and awarding them with valuable prizes. Promoting the tournament was Alexander Yagupov with the help of Kirill Pchelnikov and German Titov.

In the main event, WBA #7, WBO #8 and IBF #14 ranked light heavyweight Dmitry Sukhotskiy (17-1, 12 KOs) continued his steady rise with another impressive victory over late but dangerous sub Konstantin Piternov (12-1, 4 KOs).

Piternov, a former amateur star (over 300 wins in the unpaid ranks) and the Russian super middleweight champion came out instead of Argentinean Jose Alberto Clavero, who had confronted problems receiving necessary documents at home.

“It’s normal”, commented Nikolay Valuev on a late change. “It happens sometimes when the proposed opponent suddenly falls ill or has visa problems."

Piternov, 27, proved to be an awkward opponent and a deserved challenger for Sukhotskiy’s WBO I/C title. He moved well in the first three rounds using fluid footwork and bobbed and weaved under 29-year old heavy pressure. He also countered well with his left hand and frustrated his opponent with sneaky jabs and body attacks. However, his conditioning wasn’t enough and in round four more powerfully built Sukhotskiy finally started to find his mark with an increasing ease. In round five, he first bloodied Piternov’s nose and then connected with a hard left hook and added some more punches sending Konstantin on the canvas. Piternov slowly got up and was even able to continue fighting. It took Sukhotskiy a couple of seconds and a powerful right hand to floor him again and forcing referee Roman Petrov to issue an instant stoppage at 2:40 of the fifth round.

“It took me quite a time to adapt my style to this opponent”, reflected Sukhotskiy afterwards. “I have not been acquainted with him and his boxing style before and I haven’t seen his tapes. Piternov proved to be a good test. He is a technically sound and elusive opponent”. The winner was also supported by his promoter and former European champion Alexander Yagupov. “I thanked Kostya was the effort in this fight. He proved to be a nice test for us and forced Dmitry to work hard to get this win. However, his choice to trade punches with Sukhotskiy at the ropes proved to be decisive mistake. It’s simply dangerous to bang with Dmitry in this position – he is just too powerful”.

Dmitry Sukhotskiy is also the EBA light heavyweight champion. Next for him can be a showdown against WBA #1 ranked contender and former champion Gabriel Campillo (20-3, 7 KOs). Plaza de Toros in Leganes, Spain, is listed by BoxRec as the venue for April 15 showdown of two of the best European light heavyweights.

“We are still resolving the details but negotiations are well under way”, said Yagupov. “It’ll be a tough assignment but to be the best you should defeat the best. That’s why we are here. The EBA belt will most probably be at stake in that fight”.

In another title match-up, featherweight technician Vyacheslav Gusev (18-2, 4 KOs), 25, came back to his hometown with vengeance making a short work of badly faded Paraguayan veteran Feliciano Dario Azuaga Ledesma (80-21-2, 65 KOs). Gusev used better footwork and his imposing size to force Ledesma punch his way in. The 36-year old journeyman was unable to land something of note and was floored badly seconds before the end of the second round. He went down twice more in the third stanza, prompting referee Nikolay Talalakin to step in at 1:09 of the third to put an end on Ledesma’s valiant effort. The South American veteran was somehow let to fight under the Croatian license allowing Gusev to secure a vacant WBO European belt.

In the third title match-up of the evening, hard-slugging Russian light heavyweight Roman Simakov (16-1-1, 8 KOs) won virtually every round against Kenyan Douglas Otieno (22-6, 11 KOs) but failed to put him down cruising onto a unanimous decision instead with wide scores: 120-108 (twice) and 119-109. Simakov is a new WBC ABC champion.

Highly ranked boxing contender Grigory Drozd (33-1, 23 KOs) came back after 20 months off the ring with a win over Lithuanian Remigijus Ziausys (13-34-3, 7 KOs). Drozd won every round on all three judges’ scorecards (80-72) but wasn’t powerful enough to stop his game opponent, who was kayoed only once in his career – by German power hitter and European champion Alexander Frenkel.

Also, Tajik Sherali Mamadaliev (12-1, 7 KOs) defeated Kazakh Kanat Kartenbaev (10-5-2, 4 KOs) in a tough one. Scores were: 79-73 (twice) and 79-74. Finally, Maks Limonov (15-0, 8 KOs) wasn’t too strong to deal Vasily Andriyanov (8-25, 1 KO) his first ever loss inside the distance. Scores were: 80-72, 79-73 and 77-75 – in his favour.

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As BoxingScene has already reported, WBA #1 Avtandil Khurtsidze (23-2-2, 13 KOs) acquired a vacant IBO middleweight belt with a hard-fought unanimous decision over Polish Mariusz Cendrowski (21-3-2, 8 KOs) this Sunday in Tbilisi. Technical scores were: 120-108 (Richard Green), 117-112 (Andre Van Groetebruel) and 116-112 (Tom Miller), the last one coinciding with the BoxingScene scoring for the Georgian fighter.

On the same card Ukrainian junior welterweight prospect Victor Postol (13-0, 8 KOs) barely got over experienced Ugandan Sam Rukundo (15-4-1, 6 KOs) with a close majority decision. Scores were 96-96, 97-93 and 97-94 – for Postol.

Other results:
Boris Mdinaradze (13-1, 9 KOs) KO 3 Valentyn Volokha (0-2)
Beka Sadjaia (23-13-1, 6 KOs) UD 6 Ruben Movsesian (2-3-1, 2 KOs)
Robison Omsarashvili (4-1-1, 2 KOs) D 6 Ambrosi Suitdze (0-0-2)
Marat Kulumbekov (1-0, 1 KO) KO 1 Andrey Danychkin (0-5)

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French promoter Herve Jacques of Boxeos produced a nice-packed little card last Friday night at stadium Maisonniale in Saint-Etienne. Two quite important EBA (European Boxing Association) titles were at stake during the show.

Firstly, Salim Larbi (14-1-1, 3 KOs) became a new European light middleweight beltholder with a quality win of Georgian opponent David “Robot” Makaradze (16-5, 7 KOs). Scores were: 118-110 (Lahsen Oumghar) and 118-111 (John Coyle and Ove Ovesen).

In the second France vs. Georgia showdown, WBA #5 ranked cruiserweight Rachid El Hadak (22-8-1, 7 KOs) won an easy shutout decision over underachieving Levan Jomardashvili (21-3, 16 KOs) in twelve one-sided rounds. Scores were 120-106 (twice) and 120-107.

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Former WBA interim cruiserweight champion and two-time unsuccessful world title challenger Valery Brudov (38-3, 27 KOs), 34, has headed to the United States for his next training camp. WBA #10 Brudov is coming off an injury-forced eleventh-round TKO to Guillermo Jones in October 2010. He is being promoted by Don King, who will set his next fight date, a future opponent and a venue.

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Jozsef Nagy (24-9, 15 KOs), former Hungarian super middleweight fringe contender, who is nothing more than a journeyman lately, had a successful tune-up this Monday night easily outpointing sorry loser Titusz Szabo (4-43, 3 KOs) over four with a sole score 40-36. Next for Nagy will be a fight against WBO #5 cruiserweight Nuri Seferi (29-6, 18 KOs) this coming Saturday as a part of Klitschko – Solis undercard.

On the same card, 33-year old Gyorgy Marosi improved to 9-0, 7 KOs, following the first-round destruction of Janos Szabados (6-2, 3 KOs).

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Rising Bulgarian middleweight Alexey Ribchev (9-2, 3 KOs) continued his steady improvement with a shutout decision over Zdravko Nikolov (5-9, 1 KO) this Sunday in Rousse. Scores were 40-36 across the board. Ribchev, 28, is known for his controversial loss to Jack Culcay Keth and a road win over Blas Martinez.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Chillman on 03-17-2011

[QUOTE=Spray_resistant;10243657]Am I missing something here? I didn't read anything at all about robbery victim and real WBA LHW champion Campillo.[/QUOTE] Dmitry Sukhotskiy is also the EBA light heavyweight champion. Next for him can be a showdown against WBA #1 ranked…

Comment by Spray_resistant on 03-16-2011

Am I missing something here? I didn't read anything at all about robbery victim and real WBA LHW champion Campillo.

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