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Russian News: Bakhtin vs Pacquiao’s Conqueror Explored

By Alexey Sukachev

The Russian boxing scene, which has been mostly lazy and lame over the first couple of months in 2011, pretends to get thriving during the last weekend of March with four events of various significance being planned. Here is some news on each of them.

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Another low blow was delivered to the Pirog vs. Maciel undercard. A fight between Czech heavyweight Ondrej Pala (28-2, 21 KOs) and Ukrainian veteran Alexey Mazikin (16-5-2, 3 KOs) for a vacant WBO Europe title was removed from the list and will now be held on April 1 in Berlin, Germany, under Ahmet Oener and Eva Rolle co-promotion as a part of a big show, which will include at least four pre-planned twelve-rounders.

Meanwhile, the televised portion of Ekaterinburg show starts at 8 PM GMT+3 on March 26 and will include two fights: Alisher Rakhimov vs. Rustam Nugaev and Dmitry Pirog vs. Javier Francisco Maciel. Other bouts of the show will be broadcasted later on a delayed basis.

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Vladimir Hryunov, one of Russia’s top boxing personalities, will traditionally support the annual Victor Ageev’s Fight Cup with a couple of entertaining collisions. Headlining the show is this country’s most skillful little fighter Alexander Bakhtin (25-0, 11 KOs), who comes out of a year-long hiatus to compete in a scheduled ten-rounder. Bakhtin, 29, is still ranked #5 by the IBF and still holds an all-Japanese record for the most number of consecutive bantamweight title defenses (nine in 2003-2006).

Bakhtin opponent is still to be officially announced but rumors, widespread in Russian press, point to 32-year old Thai Medgoen Singsurat (72-6, 49 KOs) as a possibility. Singsurat, also known as 3-K Battery, is best known as the second pugilist to deal a knockout loss to the number one fighter in the world, Manny Pacquiao. By stopping a 20-year old Pacman in three rounds, Singsurat acquired the WBC flyweight title which he had defended once before losing it to another Filipino and long-time bantamweight contender Malcolm Tunacao. It’s worth noting that Singsurat is on a huge downslide since then, padding his record with victories over unknown local and foreign fighters, mostly debutants, and losing thrice in quick and brutal fashion to legitimate contenders (Nobuto Ikehara, Mikio Yasuda and Jorge Arce).

In the second ten-rounder, Russian super bantamweight champion Andrey Bogdanov (12-1-1, 4 KOs) will have a tough test against Kazakh Zhanat Zhakiyanov (13-1, 4 KOs). The event will take place on March 27 in a city of Balashikha, several kilometers to the east of Moscow, and will also feature amateur competitions. Victor Petrovich Ageev, who gave his name to the event, is a former soviet amateur superstar and the president of Professional Boxing Federation of Russia.

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Another event will be conducted on March 26 at “Znamya” palace of sports in a near-Moscow city of Noginsk. The event will be arranged by Ural Boxing Promotion (president is Evgueny Vainstein).

In the main event, rising junior welterweight Aslanbek Kozaev (15-0, 5 KOs), 23, takes on Kenyan knockout artist James Onyango (6-2-1, 6 KOs) for a vacant WBC Asian Boxing Council 140lb title.

Anton Novikov (20-0, 7 KOs), also 23, WBC #14 ranked welterweight collides with Thai Somchai Nakbalee (12-10-1, 5 KOs) in a non-title six-rounder. In the second six-round contest, 18-year old rising junior welterweight Konstantin Ponomarev (7-0, 4 KOs) fights slick stylist Anatoly Sidorov (5-4-1). Also, recent Supercup finalist Alexey Glukhov (3-1-1, 1 KO) goes six against Oganez Ayvazian (2-1-1).

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Finally, On Friday 25 in Podolsk, also in the Moscow Region, underrated welterweight journeyman Roman Seliverstov (11-8, 2 KOs), 34, comes back into action with a tune-up bout against Alexander Ivakhnov (2-2). Seliverstov is way batter than his losing record suggests with convincing wins over former world title challengers Michel Trabant (43-3-1) and Cosme Rivera (31-12-2).

“We are planning to redeem Roman, give him a couple of tune-ups before going for bigger, more prestigious titles in autumn”, said his promoter Sergey Stepkin of Union Boxing Management.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by joey4pacman on 03-18-2011

can't sell a news item without using manny's name ....

Comment by Slyboots on 03-17-2011

So it is me or is there only a handful of credible boxing journalists left?

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