By Alexey Sukachev
While the focus of local boxing community is firmly set on two Moscow shows, which will take place on May 30 (Povetkin vs. Charr plus Rakhim Chakhkiev) and on June 1 (Nielsen vs. Chudinov), there’s still something to watch in Russia aside from those in the coming weeks.
May 23, Krasnodar
Today is the date of another multi-fight installment, promoted by SKV Boxing in the heart of Southern Russia. The tourney will feature no less than three minor title fights and two female world boxing championships.
Headlining the show are two undefeated Russian boxers in higher weight classes. Sergey Ekimov (10-0, 4 KOs) will take on Kazakh Mikhail “El Khattab” Krinitsin (11-4-2, 7 KOs) for a vacant WBC CISBB light heavyweight belt. Ekimov, 28, is 4-0, 2 KOs in the last eight months, after coming off a two-year long layoff. Krinitsin’s only stoppage losses were to world-rated Maxim Vlasov and Dmitry Sukhotskiy. The fight is scheduled for twelve.
In another WBC CISBB title match-up, reigning cruiserweight kayo artist Dmitry Kudriashov (13-0, 13 KOs) will look to extend his impressive streak against durable Croatian Ivica Bacurin (17-5-1, 7 KOs), who can very well be his sturdiest career opponent so far.
Germany-based Serbian Nikolina Orlovic, also known as Nikki Adler, will risk her WIBA super middleweight crown against little-known Ghanaian Gifty Amanua Ankrah (3-3-1, 2 KOs), who fights for the first time outside of Africa.
In the second female title fight of the evening, Russian Natalia Smirnova (7-0, 4 KOs) is going for vacant WIBA and UBO super featherweight titles against 41-year old Ghanaian Yarkor Chavez Annan (7-6-1, 3 KOs). This should be an easy night for Smirnova, whose opponent has lost her last six and haven’t won a single fight since 2006.
Finally, Aliklych Kanbolatov (7-2, 3 KOs) will contest a vacant UBO International middleweight title against 19-year old Ukrainian Vladyslav Yeromenko (1-0) over eight.
Five more pairs and ten boxers are scheduled to participate, including 5-0, 5 KOs, prospect Apti Davtaev.
June 4, Barnaul
Local promoter Petr Rubtsov is setting a nice-packed show in a remote city of Barnaul, near the Chinese border.
A familiar figure leads the squad, and that is top-ten ranked light heavyweight Dmitry Sukhotskiy (21-2, 16 KOs). Sukhotskiy, who is coming off a major stoppage win over Eduard Gutknecht, is rated #5 by the WBO, #8 by the WBC, #10 by the WBA and #12 by the IBF but due to some promotional and managerial fuss his career isn’t developing as it should. Sukhotskiy takes on tough Ugandan Joey Vegas (16-7-1, 9 KOs) for a vacant WBC ABC light heavyweight title over twelve.
Cruiserweight Yuri Kashinskiy (2-0, 2 KOs) will test his power against light-hitting but granite-chinned Anar Mammadov (6-2). Light middleweight Pavel Mamontov (8-1-2, 1 KO), a local favorite, will be pit against Uzbek import Abdulaziz Matazimov (14-7, 7 KOs). Middleweight Karen Avetisyan (8-7-1, 4 KOs) will be seen against aforementioned Yeromenko (1-0). And another middleweight Artem Merzlikin (4-0-1, 3 KOs) is looking forward to extend his winning series against another Ugandan Mustafa Katende (10-1, 8 KOs). All these fights are set for eight. Also, undefeated WBA #15 Kazakh welterweight Roman Zhailauov (12-0, 8 KOs) is set for six against fellow unbeaten Mansur Abdumamatov (5-0, 1 KO).