Advertisement: IBO Boxing
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com
Advertisement

Malikov vs. Sharukhanyan Headlines Packed Card in Russia

By Tomi Pradarics

Two of the leading Russian promotional companies are having their joint debut show in 2019 this coming Saturday in Estosadok, Russia. Aram Davtyan’s Punch Boxing Promotions and German Titov’s RCC Boxing Promotions are teaming up once again to provide a bunch of interesting matchups to the fans using their deep pool of prospects and contenders.

Leading the scheduled 10-bout card is a fight between a pair of lightweight prospects in Pavel Malikov and Vague Sarukhanyan for the regional Eurasian Boxing Parliament title.

RCC Boxing Promotions’ Malikov (14-1, 6 KOs) used to own regional belts by the WBA and the WBO and was getting closer and closer to become a contender until he ran into a sturdy opponent in former world title challenger Daud Yordan April last year. The Russian fighter struggled to keep himself in the fight against his more experienced foe and eventually came up short by knockout in eight-frames. Malikov, though, put himself together and came back in style with a second-round destruction of the normally durable Ernie Sanchez this past October.

pavel-malikov

The 28-year-old Sarukhanyan (19-2-1-1, 4 KOs) is one of the better prospects in Davtyan’s stable. The Armenian-born, Russian citizen boxer also collected regional titles by the WBC in the past and currently is in a two-fight winning streak following a setback a year ago against Hurricane Futa.

The matchup between Malikov and Sarukhanyan is a great crossroads bout continent-wise with the winner getting one step closer to the international level in the exciting lightweight division.

In the co-feature bout of the evening, Oleksandr Ivanov will square off against long-time contender Konstantin Ponomarev in a ten-rounder.

The Ukrainian-born, Russian-native Ivanov (16-4, 8 KOs) had an intensive last year that he finished with a 2-1 record, losing by decision in a knockdown-filled battle against fellow prospect Eduard Skavynskyi sandwiched in two nice wins over Vazir Tamoyan and Dmitry Mikhaylenko.

Ponomarev (34-1, 13 KOs) had been viewed as a potential world champion for years while being promoted by Top Rank in the USA but eventually got released from the promotional giant in 2017 after he failed in delivering showcase performances when needed the most. Though he grabbed a pair of wins in tune-ups in early 2018, his obvious issues regarding his confidence ultimately lead to a shocking ten-round split decision loss to Sergey Vorobiev in the summer of last year in Moscow.

Former three-time IBF lightweight world title challenger Denis Shafikov returns to the ring against once-beaten prospect Gaybatulla Gadzhialiev in a ten-round bout at 135 pounds.

Shafikov (40-4-1, 20 KOs) is currently on a two-bout win-streak following a terrible 2017 saw him losing a pair of important fights by controversial decisions in the USA. Gadzhialiev (6-1, 4 KOs) is a 27-year-old prospect who lost his ‘O’ in his last bout by close but unanimous decision after being dropped in the opening session by Georgi Chelokhsaev last November in Ekaterinburg. The latter is being managed by powerful Los Angeles-based businessman Vadim Kornilov.

Talented welterweight prospect Gor Yeritsyan is looking to stay busy against Argentinian Maximiliano Leonel Scalzone (16-3-1, 12 KOs) in a scheduled 8-round contest. Yeritsyan (9-0, 8 KOs), who is one of the flagship fighters in Punch Boxing Promotions, stepped out to the international level last summer with impressive victories over veteran Ali Funeka, Jose Luis Prieto, and Alvin Lagumbay. The Armenian also grabbed the WBO Youth belt in December against the Filipino Lagumbay but later had to vacate it after he turned 24 years old at the culmination of 2018.

Cruiserweight prospect Rashid Kodzoev (6-0, 3 KOs) will take on Argentinian Juan Ezequiel Basualdo (11-2-1, 10 KOs) in ten rounds.

The rest of the card offers prospects in action on their way to catching up with the professional atmosphere. Alexander Sharonov, Timur Kerefov, Vyacheslav Letovaltsev, Igor Adleiba, and Oganes Ustyan all step into the squared circle against separated opposition on the show that takes place at the Galaktika Culture Centre in Estosadok.

You can reach Tomi Pradarics at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @TomiPradarics.

User Comments and Feedback
ADD COMMENT VIEW COMMENTS (0)
Advertisement
Top Headlines
Spike O'Sullivan Promised 154 Title Shot By Golden Boy Meshech Speare Ruled Out of February 28 Return in Liverpool Andy Ruiz, Manny Robles Part Ways - Trainer is Not Surprised Eleider Alvarez's Promoter: Gilberto Ramirez Asking For Millions! De La Hoya Slams Fights Being Made With "YouTube Guys" News: Steve Gago, Ace Adam, Siobhan O'Leary, More The 2010s in the Rankings: The Top Twenty of the Decade - #20-16 Chavez: GGG Deserves Canelo Trilogy - But Now Canelo Can KO Him Tyson Fury Adds Stitch Duran To The Team De La Hoya: Canelo Can Pick and Choose Who He Wants To Fight Naoya Inoue's Top Rank Debut Versus Casimero; Likely 4/25 In Vegas Redkach, Jarrett Hurd, Fulton, Khegai, Santana - Workouts Arum Wants Crawford-McGregor In Octagon & Boxing Ring DAZN Weights From Costa Mesa: Quigley 164.4, Marin 162.2 Danny Garcia in Top Form For Redkach Clash Daniel Roman Wants Rey Vargas or Emanuel Navarette Next Williams-Rosario FOX Broadcast Peaked At 1,565,000 Viewers Prasovic vs. Puhalo Cruiserweight Title Eliminator Ordered By WBO Falcao vs. Yilixiati Set Down as Co-Feature To Ramirez-Postol Fury's Promoter Rubbishes Joshua's Claim of Talks With Wilder Hooker: I'd Shock Prograis; Make It Easier Than People Think Garcia-Redkach: Showtime To Live Stream Undercard Fights De La Hoya: Charlo's Handlers Turned Down 'Very Lucrative Offer' For Canelo Fight Briedis, Dorticos - Face To Face at Latvia Presser Mattice-Gonzalez Tops ShoBox Quadrupleheader, February 14 Perrella: Come February 15 I'm Coming To Dominate, Hashtag AdiosRamos Rosario's Promoter: Rosario-Jermell Charlo Is A 50-50 Fight De La Hoya: Mayweather-McGregor Rematch Would Be Same Story Otto Wallin Gives Wilder-Fury Prediction, Talks Career, Options Barthelemy-Puello 3/28 in Las Vegas For Interim-WBA Title on Showtime Euro News: Matteo Signani, James Kraft, Abass Barou, More Parker's Coach Does Not Expect Oleksandr Usyk Clash To Happen Claressa Shields: I'd School Braekhus, She Will Lose To Taylor! Wilfredo Mendez vs. Pedro Villegas Title Clash Set For February 8 Danny Garcia Vows To Bring A-Game, Make No Mistakes With Redkach Canelo Could Headline Overseas Event in 2020, Says De La Hoya De La Hoya: Shields vs. Jimenez Would Be an Incredible Fight Klitschko's Trainer: Wilder Did Not Get Knocked Out, He Did Get Dropped De La Hoya: Saunders Is Not The Frontrunner For Canelo Fight Maureen Shea Stops Martina Horgasz in Six in Hallandale, Florida
Advertisement
Advertisement
Latest Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement