By Alexey Sukachev
Magas, Russia - IBF #14 ranked lightweight Isa Chaniev (12-1, 6 KOs) continued his road of success with a one-sided stoppage of WBO #7 Filipino Juan Martin Elorde (23-2-1, 10 KOs), a grandson of legendary Flash Elorde. The end came at 1:52 of the sixth round.
Chaniev, who has previously dominated 42-3-2 Jean-Pierre Bauwens in August, was on the easy track versus Elorde, 33. He was aggressive, obsessed with damage done to the body of his opponent and thoroughly relentless.
Oppositely, Elorde was listless and powerless, trying just to hang on. Chaniev was getting better with each round fought, and it was a slaughter after the fourth. The referee wisely stepped in after another hard body combo left Elorde almost doubled over at the ropes.
Chaniev added a vacant WBO International lightweight title to his already owned IBF Intercontinental belt.
Light middleweight Ismail Iliev (10-0-1, 2 KOs) clearly dominated his fight versus Argentinean import Ricardo Ruben Villalba (18-4-1, 8 KOs) before stopping him easily early into the ninth to seize a vacant WBC International 154lb title.
Isiliev, 24, was better than the Argentinean from the very beginning. Villalba tried to pressurize his foe but Iliev wasn't going anywhere. He was tough, he was resilient and he was masterful at what he was doing. As rounds went by Iliev's advantage over Villalba, 28, was well felt and almost visibly seen. Iliev was ahead on the scorecards: 40-36, 40-36 and 39-37 - after the 4th, and 80-72, 79-73, and 79-73 - after the 8th - for Iliev.
Early into the 9th, Iliev landed several well-placed shots that opened a deep cut over Villalba's left eye, forcing referee Daneil Van de Viele to call it off.
Rising Russian bantamweight Vyacheslav Mirzaev (10-0, 1 KOs) was his trademark self in a boxing lesson performed against IBF #9 Thai Sukkasem Kietyongyuth (18-8, 12 KOs).
Mirzaev, who by no means is a dangerous puncher, controlled every aspect of the fight, being elusive, fast and furious enough to put up a boxing clinic. The Thai fighter was spirited and hard-working but too slow and too one-dimensional to deal any problems to Mirzaev. the latter got the win with almost identical scores: 100-90, 99-91, 99-91 - and retained the WBC International Silver Bantamweight title.
In a heated rematch between two third-tier but very spirited welterweight Maxim Churbanov and Magomed Bulguchev, the former was victorious once again, this time acquiring a vacant Russian 147lb title over ten hard-fought rounds. Scores were unanimous in favour of Churbanov (7-3-1): 98-92, 97-93, and 97-93. Churbanov got the better of Bulguchev, who slips down to 5-2-1, 1 KO, in the ending rounds of the fight, thanks to his superior stamina. Churbanov decisioned Bulguchev unanimously over eight in March.
Rising Ingush cruiserweight Rashid Kodzoev (5-0, 3 KOs) became the first one to stop Ukrainian Vitaliy Nevesiliy (13-5, 7 KOs). Nevesiliy was clearly rocked in the first, then overwhelmed in the second up until the moment, a furious combo of Kodzoev put Ukrainian down (with some illegal blows also in the mix) for a count. Nevesiliy had previously gone distance with Italian veteran Giacobbe Fragomeni and Pietro Aurino earlier this year.
Ingush light heavyweight Magomed Nalgiev (3-0) got another impressive win with a one-sided unanimous decision over veteran Konstantin Piternov (21-14, 10 KOs) in a scheduled eight-rounder. Nalgiev was better in every department, though Piternov tried hard.