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Asikainen Blasts Zepeda Away in Four Rounds in Finland

By Alexey Sukachev

In the event's main contest, comebacking Finnish pride "Idi" Amin Asikainen (28-3, 19 KOs), now competing at super middleweight limit, had little problems with hugely overmatched Mexican Jaudiel Zepeda (now 12-4-1, 9 KOs). The guest fighter tried to go to Asikainen's lower body but was too weak and too inexperienced to give him any problems. Asikainen got the job done in the fourth. He hit the Mexican with overhand right to the jaw, and Zepeda tried to show that his jaw was broken and directly retired the bout by turning to his corner. Asikainen TKO 4. Time was 0:53

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Russian junior welterweight prospect Denis Shafikov (25-0, 14 KOs) once again proved his figting ability by clearly outpointing Sweden-based Ugandan Peter Semo (19-6, 14 KOs) unanimously over eight rounds. Scores of 80-72, 79-73, 79-73. Shafikov was much quicker and by far more skillful than his opponent but Semo once again showed durability and great survival skills to last till the end and even to give Shafikov some hard moments in the midst of the fight.

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Finland-based Albanian Edis Tatli (12-0, 2 KOs) had his hands full with Spain-based Venezuelan Rudy Encarnacion (21-18-2, 11 KOs).This contest was the closest fight in this show this far. That was not the best performance on Tatli's behalf; he was too simple with his punches (just left-right combination and almost only with the straights adding not enough hooks and uppercuts). Early rounds were in Albanian's favour but, especially at the end, veteran performer Encarnacion really challenged him and hit the heaviest punches of the entire bout. The Spaniard was taken one point away for his first low blow of the fight. After that he did the same a couple of times but was not taken another point away. Scores were: 79-74, 77-75, 77-75 - for lightweight Edis Tatli.

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Welterweight Jussi Koivula (6-0, 3 KOs) easily dominated Sweden-based Armenian Vatche Wartanian (9-3-3, 2 KOs) en route to a wide unanimous decision. During the first two rounds Koivula was quite stiff but then he started to relax and was able to take control... was able to prove that he is ready for more difficult opponents. Scores were 60-53, 60-54 and 60-56 - for the rising Finnish prospect.Koivula was credited with a knockdown in the sixth on what really was just a slip.

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Super featherweight brunet hottie Eva Wahlstrom moved up to 3-0, 2 KOs, with a fifth-round stoppage of debuting Russian girl Nadezhda Manakova (0-1). Eva was physically too strong and also dwarfed her opponent. After the fourth stanza, the Russian retired claiming an injured arm (biceps).

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In a starting fight of the show, staged by P3 Boxing at Toolon Kisahalli in Helsinki, Finland, super middleweight Niko Jokinen (11-0, 4 KOs) won all six round rounds against tough and durable Russian journeyman Ivan Maslov (6-5-1, 0 KOs). Local boy Jokinen has taught himself a bit new boxing style (earlier he was just trying to stop and to finish his opponent and now he is able to hit his foe with a variery of punches from different angles but not hunting for just a KO). Maslov was skillful enough but without notable power in his punches. The final decision was unanimous. Maslov was briefly down in one of the rounds but it was more a slip than a punch that caused this virtual knockdown. (Scores were 60-53, 60-53 and 59-54)

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