By Alexey Sukachev
Ukraine - WBO #11 featherweight Oleg Malinovskiy (19-0, 5 KOs) got arguably the best win of his career so far, outpointing rugged and dangerous Nicaraguan import Eusebio Osejo unanimously over twelve rounds to retain his WBO European title in a hard battle.
Osejo, 31, was coming to this fight following two very spirited performances lately. In July he managed to get a draw against former IBF super bantamweight champion Kiko Martinez and two months later he almost repeated this trick with a controversial split decision loss to another former champion - Evgueny Gradovich, both contests being held at this opponents' backyards.
Malinovskiy, 28 and almost untested, showed his determination early on, sending Osejo down on the tip of his pants with a beautiful combination. He continued to fight hard but Osejo recovered and gave him fits and a toe-to-toe performance for the fans. Both combatants showed skills,Malinovskiy prevailing with his boxing technique, while Osejo revealing heart and chin of his. Final scores were: 98-91, 97-92, and 96-93 - all for Malinovskiy. Osejo is now 28-19-3, 8 KOs.
Spain-based Mexican Juan Ocura (11-8-1, 4 KOs) continued his Eastern European tour with the third contest in one month - this time in Brovary, Ukraine. Ocura took on a dangerous opponent - 2011 world silver medalist and 2012 London Olympics silver medalist Denis Berinchik (5-0, 3 KOs) - and looked solid fighting a hometown favorite. Berinchik, a part of the Ukrainian golden squad, aged 28, started extremely aggressively - as usual - and gained some success early on, including opening a gash under Ocura's left eye. However, he has gassed out swiftly, and the rest of the contest was war of attrition, the end belonging clearly to the Mexican. Scores were: 80-72, 78-74, and 77-75 - for the Ukrainian. BoxingScene had it 77-75 - also for him. Ocura has previously lost to 3-0 Aidar Sharibayev and 6-0 Alexander Podolskiy during his journey.
Irish veteran Michael Kelly, 41, travelled all way from Dundalk to Brovary, Ukraine, only to be dismissed in just 123 seconds by rising Ukraine-based Georgian light welterweight Mishiko Beselia (14-0, 10 KOs). Kelly is 1-8 in his recent nine fights, while Beselia is in need of a bigger step up in class.
19-year old light welterweight Aram Faniyan (8-0, 1 KO) continued his unbeaten streak with a classy display of boxing intellect and skills against Uzbek import Jamshid Rihsiev (5-3, 1 KO). Rihsiev was decisively outpointed by Faniyan over six rounds, making it a clear sweep: 60-54 - on all the judges' scorecards.
Andriy Velikovskiy (8-1, 3 KOs) continued his restoration after a kayo loss to Eduard Skavinskiy for a vacant Ukrainian title with his second win in two months. The 22-year middleweight decisioned recent debutant Mikhail Kaplenko (1-1) in a tough clash with unanimous scores: 59-55, 59-55, and 58-56.