In the main event of the night, co-promoted between Sports Studio Top Gym and Suleimen Promotions in Minsk, Belarus - WBA #2 / WBO #7 / IBF #13 super middleweight Aidos Yerbossynuly further improved his credentials with a one-sided beating of Germany-based Nigerian Nuhu Lawal, who was no match for his opponent.
Lawal, the smaller of the two, stayed low, used swinging punches and held onto his opponent whenever it was getting hot. Yerossynuly, 28, a former Kazakh amateur standout, easily and readily saw all the blemishes of such tactics and exposed his foe every possible moment.
Lawal was down in the second and was on unsteady legs after the mid-point, while the Kazakh fighter, despite eating some leather, was never in danger of losing a single point. Yerbossynuly was well ahead in every single round.
Final scores were storytelling: 100-88 (twice) and 100-87 - all for Yerbossynuly (14-0, 9 KOs), who has defended his WBO Global and WBA International titles for the third time and the WBC Asian Boxing Council 168lb title for the first time. Lawal drops down to 27-7, 15 KOs.
In a sound upset, unheralded veteran Frenchman Sandy Messaoud (14-6, 1 KOs) acquired - all of a sudden - three minor titles, following a bloody split technical decision over previously undefeated Kazakh Nursultan Zhangabaev (8-1, 5 KOs).
Former wrestler Zhangabaev was his usual aggressive self in the first before suddenly running into Messaoud’s left hook that put him down briefly in the second. Zhangabaev started running after the Frenchman, and the latter obliged utilizing his highly unorthodox approach to trouble the Kazakhstani.
Things got even worse for the favorite in the third, when Messaoud rocked him again by opening a cut over his right eye. Zhangabaev evened the fight in the fourth, then the bout evolved into a see-saw, with none getting an upper hand but Messaoud looking favourably.
The cut got worse as rounds progressed, and finally the bout was stopped near the end of the seventh. Scores at the time of stoppage were: 68-64 - for Zhangabaev, and 68-64, 68-63 - for Messaoud, who is now the WBA I/C, IBF Australasian and WBO Oriental welterweight titlist.