Russia - Welterweight/light middleweight Eduard Skavinskiy (14-0, 7 KOs) got the biggest name on his resume so far with a workmanlike ten-round unanimous decision over Columbian fight veteran Joel Julio (39-6, 33 KOs), dropping him once in process.
Former WBO light middleweight title challenger Julio, 36, has fought just thrice over the last decade, losing his ultimate outing to Haro Matevosyan. There could have been some temptation to say that Julio was either rusty or just a shell of his former self. But in fact that was just not true. Julio was quite quick, he hasn’t lost any of his reflexes or technique. He was just unwilling to engage or put himself at risk to win.
All ten rounds were almost identical: Skavinskiy, 30, pressed the action, using a jab on occasion but mostly connecting with his left hook. Julio, of Monteria but based in Miami, Florida, was content to throw his left jab often to mild effect. Skavinskiy stalked Julio eating little in return.
The only difference was in the fifth, when - with just seconds remaining - Skavinskiy finally landed his left hook cleanly, putting Julio down and almost out of the ring. It didn't have any lasting effects to Julio. Also, in the closing seconds of the fight Julio tried to surge and even landed some combinations. It just was too little and too late.
The decision was unanimous but scores weren’t announced. BoxingScene had it 100-89 - for Skavinskiy.
Uzbek-born / Russia-based super bantamweight Mukhammad Shekhov (9-0-1, 3 KOs) acquired his first career title, outpointing local favorite Evgueny Lyashkov (8-2, 2 KOs) for the WBO European super bantamweight belt.
Crafty, sneaky southpaw Shekhov boxed Sergio Martinez-style, his hands well below the beltline most of the times, his head in front, in a hit-me position. His lateral movement was perfect, while bigger, stronger and more conventional fighter in Lyashkov experienced problems catching his small frame opponent.
Shekhov soon found a spot for his left hand, landing it time and again. Lyashkov applied pressure, was more aggressive but his aggressiveness was mostly ineffective, he missed too many punches, landing successfully only to the body. Meanwhile, Shekhov connected with a wider arsenal of punches, including left uppercuts, right and left hooks.
Lyashkov experienced a nick under his left eye and was rocked several times but never went down. He had his share of success, specifically in later rounds but it wasn’t enough to get him more than a single score: 97-93. The other two were in favour of Shekhov: 96-94 (twice). BoxingScene had it also for Shekhov but a bit wider: 97-93.
Former three-time kickboxing champion Enrico Gogokhia of Zugdidi, Georgia, continued his pro boxing education with his fifth consecutive stoppage - this time over Argentinean import Gustavo David Vittori (24-8-1, 12 KOs) in four rounds.
Gogokhia, 30, former IBF light middleweight titlist Roman “Made in Hell” Karmazin working his corner, took his time to evaluate his opponent. Then in the third he started landing bombs, promptly making a bloody mask of Vittori’s face - including a deep cut over the bridge of Argentinean’s nose.
Pounding continued into the fourth. The end came late in the third after a devastating right hand followed by a light left jab by Gogokhia (13-0, 8 KOs). Vittori, 31, got up but was waved off by the referee after a careful look in his eyes.
In an eight-round super flyweight contest, Tajik native Zafar Parpiev (10-2, 3 KOs) became the first one to stop usually durable Filipino Alphoe Dagaloyan (14-5-6, 5 KOs) in three rounds.
Parpiev dominated the fight from the opening bell. He was faster and more refined of the two, forcing his opponent into the defensive mode. In the third, Dagaloyan lunged in and was tagged by the overhand right swing by Parpiev. The straight left followed, and after a few more punches the wobbly Filipino was put down on his pants. Dagaloyan fought on till the end of the round but quit in his corner during the break - battered and cut over his right eye.