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Gradovich Survives Knockdown To Outbox Miskirtchian

By Jake Donovan

A surprise knockdown late in round six was the lone hiccup for Evgeny Gradovich in his 12-round points win over Alex Miskirtchian in their featherweight title fight Saturday evening in Macau, China. 

Scores were 117-110 (twice) and 118-109 in favor of Gradovich, who defended his title for the third time.

Things were going well early on for Gradovich, affectionately known as "El Ruso Mexicano" (The Mexican Russian) who forced an aggressive pace against a seemingly overmatched challenger. The first five rounds saw the defending titlist well in control, constantly beating Miskirtchian to the punch.

In an instant, a pending rout turned into a competitive and spirited prize fight. The two fighters exchanged stiff jabs late in round six, but Miskirtchian was quicker to the draw, depositing Gradovich on the canvas for the bout's lone knockdown.

The second half of the fight saw spirited, grueling two-way action from both fighters as Mikirtchian refused to go away quietly. Gradovich was winning the rounds, but forced to work every minute in order to preserve his lead, his unbeaten record and his title. 

Gradovich advances to 19-0 (9KO). The 27-year old won the title with a 12-round split decision over Billy Dib last March on ESPN2 in his last U.S. apperance. All three title defenses have taken place in Macau. 

Miskirtchian, an Armenian boxer who fights out of Belgium, falls to 24-3-1 (9KO), snapping an 11-fight win streak as he comes up short in his first title fight.

The bout aired live on Top Rank's streaming site .

A full report of the undercard, which was also streamed on TopRank.tv, can be found by clicking HERE
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Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com, as well as a member of Transnational Boxing Ratings Board and the Boxing Writers Association of America. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Koba-Grozny on 06-03-2014

[QUOTE=pigsfly;14616588]if walters is as good as what he's shown he will knock Gradovich flat out. walters vs rigo would be a much more interesting style match up............[/QUOTE] Perhaps, perhaps not. El Ruso ain't a fantastic technician but he's not a…

Comment by MaskedMurderer on 06-03-2014

[QUOTE=Jaliscoguey13;14608201]I wish HBO wouldve showed this fight. Sucks when a champion with prior televised fights has to defend his belt without it being on TV due to it being in China.[/QUOTE] its still available to watch right now on toprank.tv…

Comment by Godsfly on 06-03-2014

[QUOTE=animalfan10;14617740]Maybe maybe not....I don't think Rigo is anywhere near as untouchable as alot of you people seem to think....He has 1 good win over Donaire that's it....I think Gradovich can definitely give him a tough fight.....As can Walters and Mares.…

Comment by animalfan10 on 06-02-2014

[QUOTE=pigsfly;14616588][B]if walters is as good as what he's shown he will knock Gradovich flat out.[/B] walters vs rigo would be a much more interesting style match up............[/QUOTE] Maybe maybe not....I don't think Rigo is anywhere near as untouchable as alot…

Comment by Godsfly on 06-02-2014

[QUOTE=animalfan10;14616568]Plus nobody really cares about boring ass Rigo...I'd rather punch myself in the balls than watch his fights....Regardless of how talented he is. Not to mention other than Donaire what good wins does he have?? I say put Rigo against…

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