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Sergey Kuzmin vs. Amir Mansour Ends in Technical Draw

By Alexey Sukachev

Moscow, Russia - The heavyweight match-up for a vacant WBC international title ended in disaster late into the third round when undefeated prospect Sergey Kuzmin (11-0-1, 8 KOs) and seasoned veteran Amir Mansour (23-2-2, 16 KOs) collided head-to-head, producing mutual cuts - one over the forehead of Kuzmin, and another one - over Mansour's right eyebrow.

After examining both cuts, ringside physician Vladimir Kurdhev ruled it off almost immediately.

The time of the halt was 2:45. The result was announced as a technical draw thus leaving the title vacant.

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Kuzmin was hoping to use this fight to springboard his way to a bigger opportunity that would assist him in becoming a mandatory challenger by the end of 2018.

The current champions are Deontey Wilder of the WBC, Joseph Parker for the WBO, and Anthony Joshua holds the WBA, IBF and IBO.

Kuzmin believes the division is still very much wide open without a true leader out there.

"You can talk about the current world champions: Joshua, Wilder, Parker," Kuzmin told reporters when asked about the strongest heavyweights.

"I do not see a clear leader in the heavyweight division. Some like a Mike Tyson, I have not seen it yet. The difference between, that depends on which champion I will go against. When there will be an opportunity, the the goal for me is to become a mandatory challenger first, and then a champion."

"For next year we devised a plan to become a mandatory challenger, and everything depends on the organizations and not just my desire to box for the title."

Initially, the Russian boxer was scheduled to fight former WBA "regular" champion Lucas Browne, who went in another direction. Browne has been targeted by Parker as a potential backup opponent - if the New Zealand star is unable to close the deal for a unification with IBF, WBA, IBO champion Anthony Joshua in the first quarter of next year.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by brian___ on 11-28-2017

Hard to tell by this but Kuzmin has a long way to go.

Comment by SUBZER0ED on 11-28-2017

Damn, Kuzmin looked like he got hit in the head with a tire iron! Before that, the bout looked like an episode of "Dancing with the Bums". [url]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pljvfnm8UqI[/url]

Comment by joe strong on 11-27-2017

Not much happened as both fighters were just pawing shots the first couple rounds then just as it started to heat up both get really bad cuts from the accidental headbutts. Too bad it had the makings of a good…

Comment by joe strong on 11-27-2017

[QUOTE=bigjavi973;18250098]does kuzmin throw any punches? oh there we go[/QUOTE] I was thinking the same thing. He threw like 10 punches in 3 rounds but Mansour was not exactly throwing with conviction.

Comment by WallabeeKing on 11-27-2017

Thank God they never put the odds up for this.

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