By Jake Donovan
The good news for Zsolt Bedak is that a title shot waits in the wings. The 31-year old boxed his way back into contention with a points win over Ruslan Berchuk in their regional title fight Saturday evening in Budapest, Hungary.
The downside is that he will have to wait for his skin to fully heal; the bout ended on a greusome cut suffered by Bedak from a clash of heads in round eight.
A win never seemed in doubt for Bedak, though the Hungarian boxer was dealt several uncomfortable moments over the course of their headlining affair. Berchuk certainly didn't come to town as a willing opponent, determined to win or at least make sure the crowd favorite felt his presence all night.
There were no knockdowns in the bout, and action seemed destined to go to the scorecards. It wouldn't extend the 10-round distance, however, after Bedak was medically forced to quit inside of eight rounds.
An infighting sequence saw Bedak creep in to throw a right hand, while Berchuk awkwardly pitched forward. The occurrence left Bedak dizzy and with a gushing cut over his left eye, one in which no amounts of gauze or Vaseline was going to stop.
The bout went to the scorecards, where Bedak prevailed by final tallies of 80-72 (twice) and 79-73.
Bedak has now won eight straight as he improves to 23-1 (8KOs). Berchuk falls to 10-5 (3KOs).
Next up for Bedak is an eventual title shot versus reigning World lineal super bantamweight king Guillermo Rigondeaux. Whenever the bout takes place depends on a number of factors, including—though not limited to—however long it takes for his fresh wound to heal.
Middle-aged super welterweight Attila Kovacs was forced to climb off the canvas to escape with a questionable six-round majority decision over Georgian journeyman Tabaghua.
Scores were 56-56 even and 57-55 (twice) in favor of Kovacs (35-4, 19KOs), who was decked by a left hook in round two, but managed to break (or at least bloody) the nose of Tabaghua (18-5, 13KOs). The fight was fought at a grueling pace, but one where an upset would have not been out of the question had the contest taken place anywhere but on Kovacs’ home turf.
Former heavyweight contender Francisco Pianeta has now won three straight following a 12-round points win over Ivica Bacurin. Scores were 116-112 (twice) and 115-113 in favor of Pianeta (31-1-1, 17KOs), whose lone career loss came last May in a 6 th round knockout at the lethal hands of World heavyweight king Wladimir Klitschko.
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