By Alexey Sukachev
Moscow, Russia - WBA #3, WBC/IBF #6 super middleweight Fedor Chudinov (21-2, 15 KOs) put an exclamation mark to the show, stopping Argentinean import Ezequiel Osvaldo Maderna (26-6, 16 KOs) at 1:44 of the tenth round. He retained his WBA Continental title in process.
The fight was a one-way street, with 2008 Olympian Maderna trying to avoid a slow collision with a mid-sized truck. Chudinov, as a truck, was unavoidable but very methodical. He started to pummel Maderna from the opening belt and was successful in doing so. Chudinov had been slowly increasing his success rate and pressure until Maderna started to wilt under power. Round nine was all Chudinov’s, and in the tenth he has closed the show with several combos and an uppercut to put the Argentinean down for the count.
Former Super WBA 168lb champion is 3-0, 3 KOs, in 2019. His win was witnessed by a number of stars, including reigning champions Artur Beterbiev (awarded the Star Award for 2018) and Dmitry Bivol (another Star Award for 2018 KO of the year), former champions Grigory Drozd, Arthur Abraham and Nikolay Valuev as well as Olympic gold medalists Alexey and Evgueny Tischenko, Gaydarbek Gaydarbekov, Egor Mekhontsev, Oleg Saitov and Rakhim Chakhkiev among others.
In a grueling clash for three belts, world-rated middleweight Magomed Madiev (13-0-1, 4 KOs) survived late-round onslaught and physical presence of fellow compatriot Evgueny Terentiev (14-2, 7 KOs) to earn a disputed split decision over ten.
WBA #6 Madiev started the fight on the outside. A reminiscent of former middleweight champion Sergio Martinez, he utilized El Maravilla’s hit and move style, scoring in flashes, ducking low to avoid blows of slower Terentiev. His punches landed flush on the southpaw’s chin but power wasn’t enough to earn Evgueny’s respect, though Terentiev was down on a knee momentarily in the second - it hasn’t been ruled a knockdown by referee Alexander Kalinin.
Terentiev got bigger to the mid-point. His physical power and unorthodox style played big for him at a close range, while Madiev betrayed his style, going into clinches, which preferred his opponent.
As the fight winded down, Terentiev looked better than Madiev. Magomed fought on sheer will and through pain and fatigue. It helped. Two judges had it apiece: 96-95 - for opposite fighters, while Yuri Koptsev scored it unrealistically 99-92 - for Madiev, who acquired Terentiev’s Russian middleweight and a vacant Eurasian Boxing Parliament middleweight title, adding them to previously owned WBA Asia belt. BoxingScene had it 95-95 - a draw.
Heavyweight MMA prospect Vyacheslav Ryabov (1-0, 1 KO) debuted with the third-round TKO over Bekzod Rakhmonov (0-4).
Young heavyweight gun Shigabudin Aliev (8-0, 5 KOs) passed an important intermittent test by outpointing veteran gatekeeper Kevin Johnson (34-14-1, 18 KOs) unanimously over ten rounds. A tactical fight turned into a snoozer early on and heated a bit only by the last third. Aliev was better overall but Johnson was never in danger of being really hurt.
Undefeated light middleweight Islam Edisultanov (9-0, 6 KOs) barely retained his unblemished record with a hard-fought split decision over former national champion Vaghinak Tamrazyan (16-5, 5 KOs) in a firefight. Edisultanov is now Russian national champion and The President’s trophy in his respective weight class.
“Sniper” Edisultanov started better than the stockier but a bit clumsier Tamrazyan, using precise footwork and pin-point shots to keep his rival honest. The Russian Armenian gradually worked his way in after a mid-point and gave Edisultanov serious trouble in the closing round of this fan-friendly two-way action.
Dangerously punching 22-year old welterweight Shakhabas Makhmudov (6-0, 5 KOs) was forced to go the distance for the first time in his career, dominating rugged South African Tsiko Mulovhedzi (12-10-3, 6 KOs) over ten.
Makhmudov was clearly superior to his slower foe, who was two fights past his glory days as South African national and IBO welterweight champion. Mulovhedzi used experience and patience to score in spurts but Makhmudov clearly outworked and outfought him. The only problem he had was landing a bit low, which cost him a point in the ninth round after two previous warnings.
Makhmudov accelerated in the tenth, while Mulovhedzi was shaken and very fatigued, but failed to get the job done. All three judges scored it for the Russian, who acquired a minor WBA belt in process, but no scores were announced. BoxingScene had it 97-92 - for Makhmudov.
Light welterweight Fedor Glazkov (4-0-1, 2 KOs) struggled early on but ultimately overcame tough resistance of better-than-his-record Uzbek journeyman Islomjon Salahitdinov (1-8), outpointing him on a majority decision over six rounds. Salahitdinov has never been stopped.
In a fight between two debutants, Muscovite Anna Krasnoperova decisioned Darya Kutyrova from St. Petersburg unanimously over four.
Eleven years into his pro career Konstantinos Piternov’s resume got to a starting point with 21 wins (10 of them by knockouts) and an equal number of losses - following his four-round unanimous decision loss to recent debutant Magomedmurad Arslanbekov. Arslanbekov is now 2-0, 1 KO.