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Fedchenko Domintaes Azizov Over Twelve Rounds

By Alexey Sukachev & Dmitry Mikhalchuk (ringside)

At a sold-out Budivelnik arena in Cherkassy, Ukraine, WBO #11 Sergey "Professor" Fedchenko (32-2, 14 KOs) continued his road back to the top-ten of the light welterweight class with a punishing unanimous decision over Azerbaijani Azad Azizov (26-4-1, 16 KOs). Scores were: 119-106 (twice) and 120-106 - for the Ukrainian who retained his WBO European title for the second time.

Fedchenko was in full control of the fight from round one. He was cut a bit in the second round but it didn't matter much as the Ukrainian easily boxed Azizov's ears off. The key weapon for the Professor was his left punch to the liver. It was that shot, which helped him to floor defensive-minded Azizov in the sixth round. He also mixed those body blows with damaging and numerous right uppercuts. The fighter from Azerbaijan was forced to take thepunishment, and he was unable to mount his guns and to fire with them in return. Azizov was also confused with his tape, which was loosening rapidly as rounds went by. The ends of his tape were completely free at the end of the fight, and Azerbaijani's corner was unable to fix this problem, which led to two consecutive point deductions from Azizov in the eleventh and in the twelfth stanzas.

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WBO/WBA #4 and IBF #6 light heavyweight Vyacheslav Uzelkov (28-2, 17 KOs) made another tiny step to his second shot at world title (or, at least, at a tiny piece of it). Uzelkov, 33, destroyed Hungarian import Gyorgy Marosi (17-8, 9 KOs) in the very first round. Uzelkov dropped Marosi with a huge left hook to the body, then was deducted a couple of points for punching the Hungarian behind the back and then got the job done in style with seconds left in the stanza.

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Promising heavyweight Vladimir Tereshkin (15-0-1, 7 KOs) overcame tough resistance of the game veteran Maxim Pedyura (15-8-1, 12 KOs) and earned a unanimous decision in an ugly fight. Scores were: 60-54 (twice) and 60-55 - for the Russian import. Pedyura, 35, is just 2-7 after scoring a seemingly career-ending draw against 16-0-2 Croatian Mario Preskar in 2009.

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In a stinker, local banger Mamed Yadgarov (17-6-1, 10 KOs) scored an easy-fought but a harder-run split decision over undefeated former Tajik Olympian Sherali Dostiev (8-1-1, 2 KOs). It was a fight between a raging bull in Yadgarov and a very cautious matador in Dostiev, who has previously fought exclusively in America. Dostiev, lost the first round but outrun Yadgarov in the next three rounds, and it took the latter very much desire and stamina to turn back the tide and to make his pressure effective in the second half of the bout. Scores were: 77-75, 77-76 - for Yadgarov, and 75-77 - for Dostiev. BoxingScene had it 77-75 - also for Yadgarov.

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In a short barnburner, featherweight veteran Yuri Voronin (27-18-2, 18 KOs), once a legitimate European contender but now, at 39, just a shell of his former self, gave everything he had but was still short on cards after a heated six-rounder with rising prospect Oleg Malinovskiy (6-0, 2 KOs). Official scores were: 60-54 (twice) and 60-55 - for Malinovskiy; BoxingScene had it 58-56 - much closer but in favour of the official winner as well.

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In a crowd-pleasing light middleweight affair between two hard-nosed Ukrainian fighters, younger and fresher but less talented and less experienced journeyman Igor Fanian (13-4-2, 7 KOs) scored his best career win, upsetting former world-ranked welterweight Victor Plotnikov (28-2, 13 KOs) over eight, very heated rounds. Fanian, 23, who was misjudged at least twice in his past against K2-promoted fighters (Dmytro Semernin and Valery Brazhnik), used his activity and workrate to deal more damage to his aging (35 years) opponent. Scores were: 77-77, 78-75 and 77-75 - in favor of Fanian.

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WBO #14 heavyweight Andrey Rudenko (23-0, 15 KOs) was continuously and methodically painful against badly overmatched (but also overly brave) Hungarian late sub Isztvan Ruzsinszky (5-5-1, 3 KOs). Rudenko scored eight knockdowns: once in the first, once in the second, once in the third, twice in the sixth, once in the seventh and twice in the eighth round. The latter couple of knockdowns were produced by wicked liver shots. The Hungarian was unable to continue to be massacred after the final knockdown.

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An interesting fight between two undefeated lightweights Valentyn Golovko (17-0, 12 KOs) and Uzbek import Jamshid Rihsiev (5-0, 3 KOs) was called "No Contest", after Rihsiev was badly cut after an accidental headbutt in round two.

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Light middleweight Dmytro Nikulin (26-1, 8 KOs) was considerably better than his previously unbeaten Uzbek opponent Sherali Mamadjanov (10-1, 6 KOs) and dealt him his first ever professional loss with a unanimous decision over eight rounds. Scores were: 80-73 (twice) and 79-73 - for Nikulin.

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Other results:
Vadim Novopashin (3-0, 1 KO) TKO 2 Andrey Ageev (1-15, 1 KO)
Omar Solomonov (1-0, 1 KO) KO 2 Mikhail Lidovskiy (0-7)

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by GatecrasherUA on 12-15-2012

I was ringside for Brazhnyk vs Fanian, and that was terrible robbery. Nice win for Igor, i hope that will set up a rematch vs Brazhnyk.

Comment by hyeduk on 12-15-2012

Good Job Fanian..hye tgha !!!

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