By Alexey Sukachev
It feels ugly to be offended during your own birthday. The Day of Russian Constitution is no birthday for your average Joe but for a newly-converted Russian (and formerly all-American) boxing icon, named Roy Jones Jr., it was something comparable to that.
Jones Jr., who now holds both American and Russian citizenship, was fighting for the very first time in his new “Homeland”. A much hyped event, supported by the national media and televised by the First TV channel, turned into a terrible disaster, when a former four-division world champion was knocked out cold by the British veteran Enzo Maccarinelli in four rounds.
The fight was scheduled for ten rounds, as it was not a major title collision, which had been announced before. Also, it should have been Antonio Tarver, not a former WBO cruiserweight champion, who took his part in the main event. And, of course, it should have been a victorious homecoming – one which has never happened.
From the opening bell, it was obvious that the Welshman arrived in Moscow not for a purse but for a victory. Maccarinelli was the aggressor, stalking Roy around the ring. Jones Jr. looked composed and ready in the first, which saw both combatants exchange some hard blows.
In the second, Maccarinelli, 35 and eleven years younger than the American, started to land more on Jones than vice versa. The aging legend was a sitting duck for Enzo’s attacks on the ropes and out of them but withstood his punches well. Maccarinelli did the same in the third despite being slightly hurt a couple of times.
The end came in the fourth. Maccarinelli rocked the American Russian with a vicious couple of left and right uppercuts, and soon pushed him down. Roy Jones Jr. beat the count of referee Ingo Barrabas, but the brutal end was just a matter of time. The Welshman ran after Jones, stalked him to the ropes, then landed another uppercut and an overhand right to have a former champion down and out in a face-first fashion.
Time was 1:51 for Enzo Mac’s biggest win in a couple of years. The Welshman is back into contention with a record of 41-7, 33 KOs. Roy Jones Jr. slips down to 62-9, 45 KOs.
Former WBA interim middleweight titleholder Dmitry Chudinov (now rated #3 by the same sanctioning body) started fast and finished strong against overmatched German Benjamin Simon (26-3, 25 KOs), knocking him out with a hard right hand at 1:12 of the fourth. Simon was hurt several times before. Chudinov improves to 17-1-2, 11 KOs.
In an ugly contest, filled with clinches, wrestling and rabbit punches, WBA #11 super middleweight Dilmurod Satybaldiev (10-1, 2 KOs) got the better of Ukrainian veteran Roman Shkarupa (27-5-3, 11 KOs).
Satybaldiev was slightly better overall but the Ukrainian gave him fits up until the last three rounds. Scores were: 117-111, 116-112, 116-112 - all for the Russian, who retained his WBA continental super middleweight title. BoxingScene had it 115-113 - for Satybaldiev.
WBA #7 heavyweight Alexander Ustinov (33-1, 24 KOs) demolished very late sub Konstantin Airich (22-15-3, 17 KOs) simultaneously with a bell to end round five. Ustinov ended this one-sided action with a colossal left hook to the chin. Airich was brutally knocked out and was out for several minutes.
WBA #7 light heavyweight Stas Kashtanov (34-2, 20 KOs) impressively got back to the winning track with a highlight-reel kayo of usually durable Cameroonian import Bernard Donfack (22-14-3, 11 KOs).
The fight had been rather boring, with Kashtanov taking a clear lead with his experience but doing so very methodically, up until the end of round eight, when the Ukrainian unraveled his foe with a left hook to the body. Time was 2:51, and Donfack was stopped just for the second time in his career.
Light heavyweight prospect Alex Hughes (7-0, 3 KOs) outboxed overweight slugger Murad Dalkhaev (5-6, 2 KOs) over six rounds. Hughes used his physical assets to keep much shorter Dalkaev at bay with his jab - for a well-earned unanimous decision.
Aggressive super middleweight young gun Magomed Madiev (5-0, 3 KOs) has been stalking his Argentinean opponent Martin Fidel Rios (17-8-3, 9 KOs) for all six rounds but never really hurt him, getting a unanimous decision over six instead.
Britain's Zack Davies (5-0, 1 KOs) got his first career stoppage win when his Russian opponent Alexander Saltykov (9-30-3, 5 KOs) unexpectedly quit after four rounds of rather close action.
Rashid Akzhigitov of Russia passed a rough test, getting over upset-minded Ukrainian opponent Igor Pilipenko (5-23-2, 1 KO). Akzhigitov is now 4-0, 2 KOs) after a majority decision in a four-rounder.