On Thursday, October 15, Britain’s Al Siesta of Siesta Boxing and his local partners continued their boxing activities, labeled “The KOld Wars” at the Falcon Club in Minsk, Belarus, with yet another successful installment.
In the main event, upset-minded southpaw lightweight Elnur Samedov (11-1, 3 KOs), stroke with the thunder again, stopping Alexander Podolsky (11-2, 4 KOs) in eight rounds.
The fight didn’t start bad for Podolsky, as he dropped his nemesis with a short left hook just twenty seconds into the first for a flash knockdown. Samedov got up a different fighter and began to deliver heat of his own. The bout was mostly even but Samedov was getting better over time while Podolskiy struggled to find his range, his rhythm and was just a notch slower than a smaller fighter.
In the eighth, southpaw Samedov, not a natural puncher, found a soft spot at the right side of Podolsky’s body for his left hook, which troubled the Russian. But it was a short right hook that had Podolskiy down with about a minute remaining in the round. Alexander got upright but was mercilessly pounded at the ropes when the referee has seen enough and stopped it for good with twelve seconds remaining.
40-year old former IBF/IBO light welterweight champion Eduard “The Eagle” Troyanovsky (28-2, 24 KOs) was forced to work extremely hard to overcome very tough resistance of upset-minded Frenchman Renald Garrido (25-28-3, 6 KOs) with a close majority decision in a scheduled ten-rounder. For a proper understanding, Garrido has never been stopped in his 56-fight career. Scores were: 97-97, 97-94 and 96-94 – for the Russian.
Troyanovsky showed his poise and experience in early rounds, applying his vaunted power to the irremovable object in Garrido. The latter continued to stalk the Russian with a bulldog’s determination and preservation. The smaller Frenchman ducked low to become an even smaller target for Troyanovsky, who started to lose his focus after the mid-point.
Round eight was catastrophic for The Eagle, who was almost dropped and hurt badly but the Russian survived through it and gave fits to the Frenchman in the closing stage of the fight.
Rising British super middleweight Germaine Brown (9-0, 3 KOs) got the biggest win of his young career, when he overwhelmed Russian fight veteran Dmitry Chudinov over eight rounds of action with the .
Brown used his superior speed, reflexes and size to easily pepper Chudinov, 34, with jabs and more solid punches and to avoid any danger at a long range. The Russian couldn’t land firmly in exchanges and was wobbled several times showing his heart and durability to stay in the game. Brown dropped Chudinov (21-7-3, 13 KOs) with a picture-perfect overhand right in the third.
The veteran battler fought it to the end though; giving it everything he got despite Brown’s clear superiority in a majority of aspects, slim chances to overturn the flow of the fight and a cut beneath his right eye. The G-man Brown, 26, on the other hand, failed to get the job done against a faded and a wobbled opponent. Former WBA interim middleweight champion Chudinov is just 1-6-1 over the last three years.
18-year old light welterweight Arseniy Kobzev (0-2) never went down in his fight versus the Kazakh import Zhandos Kydyraliev (2-0, 2 KOs) but was stopped in the second round following yet another barrage of punches by the favorite, which had him in danger once again and forced a referee to call it off.
Fire-blazing local light welterweight Yauheni Dauhauliavets (3-0, 3 KOs) got yet another first-round TKO, dropping usually durable Ukrainian journeyman Vladyslav Baranov (6-9-2, 4 KOs) three times with an assortment of punches to score a victory with half a minute remaining in the opening round.
Kazakh cruiserweight Askat Zhantursynov (5-0, 4 KOs) made a short work of much smaller local journeyman Ruslan Rodzivich (15-30, 14 KOs), stopping him in eighty seconds with a right half-a-hook-half-an-uppercut complemented by a right blow to the body.