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Eduard Troyanovsky Dominates Zahradnik in Comeback Win

Having fought just twice over the last two years, former IBF/IBO light welterweight champion Eduard Troyanovsky was in for a long night against limited but durable Czech Josef Zahradnik (11-4, 6 KOs) it seemed.

Expectations were proved to be right on point as the Czech fighter showed resilience and determination not only to survive but also tried to gain some good luck.

Troyanovsky, with slightly diminished reflexes at 39 (and he's never been hard-to-land-on even in his better days), was unable to connect properly on Zahradnik. He also took some good shots in return but other than that dominated the bout on his sheer experience and punch choice. Zahradnik was rocked a couple of times but made it to the final bell with visible ease.

After the unanimous decision in his favour, Troyanovsky is now 28-2, with 24 KOs. Scores were: 100-90, 99-91, and 98-92 – for Troya, who is now the Eurasian Boxing Parliament light welterweight champion.

Promoters Al Siesta and Zyaki Yunisov organized this event, which was aired live by MatchTV.

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Abkhazia native Batal Chezhiya (9-0-1, 5 KOs) engaged into a war of wills and character against fellow undefeated Ukrainian Dzhamal Usmanov. Neither one came out a winner but it was a solid thriller all night long for local fans.

Chezhiya was better in power department but Usmanov ordered his share of leather for Batal resulting in an all-out-war in later rounds. Chezhiya was also able to rock Usmanov later on. It was enough to give one of three scores (96-94), one went to Usmanov with a head scratching margin (100-91), while the third had it a draw. Usmanov is now 5-0-1, 3 KOs, while WBO Youth light heavyweight title remained vacant.

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It looked like it would be a very early finish for light-hitting yet skillful Russian Azerbaijani Elnur Samedov, as he rocked and almost dropped unbeaten but untested Argentinean Gonzalo Omar Manriquez (4-1) during the one-sided first round.

Manriquez picked himself up and gradually worked his way into the fight, yet though far from finished he was unable to seriously trouble Samedov (10-1, 2 KOs), who cruised to an easy unanimous decision over eight rounds. Samedov previously beat 23-2 Aik Shakhnazaryan and 18-3 Viskhan Murzabekov.

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Arsen Aziev, an ethnic Ossetian, fighting for Russian of course, showed some power and also resilience in beating Spain-based Nicaraguan Pablo Mendoza over eight rounds. Mendoza, a do-or-die fighter, who has never heard the final bell either in his or his opponent’s favour, was standing his ground but Aziev was both more powerful and better overall. He dropped Mendoza in the mid rounds and cruised to a solid unanimous decision over eight rounds. Aziev is now 12-0, 7 KOs, while Mendoza drops down to 9-3, 9 KOs, for his first decision loss.

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Fatima Dudieva, also the native of Ossetia, improved her record to solid 6-0, 3 KOs, after a convincing unanimous decision over hardnosed Polish bantamweight Dorota Norek (4-1). The fight was fought on even terms early on with the Pole applying some roughhouse tactics. Dudieva rallied later on to make it a decisive case for her.

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In a minor upset, previously undefeated light heavyweight David Veshaguri (2-1, 1 KO) was edged by professional loser Sergey Beloshapkin (11-33-1, 3 KOs) to somewhat huge surprise to the latter. After the even first round, Beloshapkin forced Veshaguri to fight in his tempo and used weak yet consistent punching to frustrate his younger opponent. Veshaguri took the fourth round, while Beloshapkin seemingly hurt his left shoulder and chose to retire on his stool after the fourth… Except the fight, which was first thought to be scheduled for six (and definitely what Beloshapkin was thinking), had already ended.

It resulted in a majority decision for the 38-year old fighter, who hadn’t won a bout since 2014 and who lost 24 straight fights coming in.

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Other results:

Valery Danilogorskiy (2-0) UD 4 Yuri Maidakov (1-1, 1 KO)
Olexander Shytyi (1-0-1, 1 KO) D 4 Artysh Lopsan (1-0-1)
Olexander Pylypchuk (1-0, 1 KO) TKO 2 Alexander Karpik (0-1). Karpik stopped standing at 2:51 of the round

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