By Alexey Sukachev

In the main event of the show, promoted by the Boom Box at the Sports Game Palace in Baku, Azerbaijan, Odessa-born Ramil Gadzhiev (7-1-1, 4 KOs) scored his most impressive victory to date with the one-punch kayo of experienced Argentinean Mateo Damian Veron (27-20-3, 8 KOs).

Gadzhiev, 20, was aggressive from the opening bell, while Veron, eight year his senior, was very uncomfortable and moved erratically. In the second round, a huge right cross put Veron down hard. He got up but a towel was already in the ring for good.

Time of stoppage was 2:40 of the second round. Gadzhiev retained his WBC Youth super middleweight title for the very first time.

WBA #6 Khussein Baysangurov (13-0, 11 KOs) moved further up in the WBA light middleweight rankings following an ugly sixth-round stoppage of Argentinean Jose Antonio Villalobos (11-5-2, 7 KOs) in the second defense of the WBA Continental 154lb title.

There was nothing wrong about the other cousin of former WBO light middleweight champion Zaurbek Baysangurov. Khussein, 23, boxed well, threw multiple combinations and finally dropped Villalobos down with several well-placed shots at the end of the first, although it looked more like a push.

After that, however, Villalobos, 27, started to box awkwardly, dirty and dangerously at the same time. He was walking around the ring with his hands down, ate a huge amount of leather from Khussein, and tried to hit him low or butted him. He indeed butted the Chechen at the end of the fourth.

Baysangurov meanwhile stayed calm and continued to deliver punishment with an increased tempo. Finally, the Argentinean’s corner has seen enough and threw in a towel midst into the sixth.


20-year old Chechen Khasan Baysangurov improved his record to 16-0, 7 KOs, and should enter top-fifteen of the WBA middleweight ranks, following a bloody, hard-fought unanimous decision over tough-as-nails Argentinean Guido Nicolas Pitto, who drops down to 25-5-1, 8 KOs.

Pitto had some nice wins a few years ago, including a road stoppage of 27-1 Dane Reda Zam Zam, and an upset decision over 14-0 Jack Culcay. His only stoppage loss came at the hands of… Zaurbek Baysangurov in April 2014. Zaurbek, a former WBO and IBO light middleweight champion, is a cousin of Khasan.

This fight hasn’t started well for Pitto as well, as he walking into Khasan’s potent jab and sharp left uppercut. Pitto, 30, did much better in the midst, when he cut Baysangurov’s right eye with a legal punch and also made his nose bleeding. Khasan has drastically dropped down his punch output and ate many punches.

But he also managed to hit Pitto at times. The end of the fight was mostly Khasan’s, although the Argentinean remained dangerous till the end.

After the final bell, judges had it 116-112 (x2) and unrealistic 119-109 – for Khasan Baysangurov, who acquired a vacant WBA I/C middleweight title in process. BoxingScene had it 116-113 – also for the Chechen fighter.


Russia-born Azerbaijani Vakhid Abbasov (1-0) debuted as a pro with a one-sided unanimous decision over Ukrainian Roman Zinchenko (3-5, 1 KO). Zinchenko was dropped in round one after a huge left hook to the body, and then dominated after that. Scores were identical: 40-35 (thrice) – for Abbasov.


Chechen native Shamil Galayev (7-0-1, 4 KOs) made a short work of Georgian journeyman Teimuraz Abaladze (10-4, 8 KOs), stopping him at 2:04 of the very first round. Galayev dropped Abaladze with a monstrous right hand in the center of the ring. The Georgian got up and immediately went down after yet another smashing right hand.


In a battle of two super middleweight journeymen, Georgian import Sandro Jajanidze (10-11-1, 9 KOs) got a surprising unanimous decision over Ukrainian Ruslan Schelev (14-10-1, 8 KOs) over eight.

The fight was decided in the sixth, when Schelev was deducted a point for low blows, although little in the ring warranted that kind of punishment. Scores were: 76-75, 76-75, and 77-74 – for Jajanidze.


Super middleweight Dzhohar “Chicho” Amaev improved his record to solid (on paper) 21-1, 11 KOs, with a dominant win over Ukrainian journeyman Vladimir Romanenko (8-7, 7 KOs) in a scheduled six-rounder.

The fight was mostly even early on but Amaev got stronger as the fight progressed. Romanenko was deducted a point due to undisclosed reasons at the beginning of the fifth. Early in the sixth, Amaev rocked Romanenko with a powerful right hand; then accidentally butted him, opening a huge cut over the Ukrainian’s forehead.

The bout was subsequently stopped, and it has been written to the books as a TKO win for Amaev, 22, although the technical decision should have been declared instead. Amaev would have been a runaway winner in any case. Time of stoppage was 0:45 of the sixth.


It’s hard to stop doing something, which makes you happy and happy again. Rauf Aghayev (23-6, 11 KOs) knows this for sure, as he has beaten the same worthless opponent for the third consecutive time. This time no-hoper Elvin Garayev (0-4) lasted till the end of the third before he surrendered in his corner. It’s not that he was getting mercilessly beaten by much more experienced Aghayev, although he had zero chance to win.