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Boxing back in St. Petersburg!

Martirosyan, Kotlobay set for stern tests

By Alexey Sukachev

The newly created Jab Promotions boxing company will come back to St. Petersburg on April 24 with another huge night of boxing. In a main event, WBO #12 middleweight Gennady Martirosian (16-1, 6 KOs) will defend his PABA belt for the first time against skilled American veteran Aaron Mitchell (27-1-1, 21 KOs) in the biggest fight of his career. Martirosyan, 29, is coming off a huge streak of victories over solid opposition, while 39-year old Mitchell is best known for his stoppage victory over former champion Manning Galloway in 2001 and a split decision loss to another titlist Keith Mullings all way back to 1993.

“Aaron Mitchell is a nice challenger for our boxer”, said Jab Promotions’ vice-president Alexander Yagupov. “However, he is a late replacement for British Patrick J Maxwell, who had fought himself out of the fight thanks to his strange loss to 7-21-4 fighter last weekend”.

In another interesting match-up of the night, cruiserweight Alexander Kotlobay (13-1, 8 KOs) will be tested by hard-nosed Czech Lubos Suda (20-2-1, 14 KOs) in a non-title ten-rounder. Suda has a victory of the former WBA champion First Arslan (who was 18-2-1 at the time) in his sixth pro fight.

Rising heavyweight Maxim Maslov (7-0, 5 KOs) is set for literally the biggest opponent in his short career in 6’9’’ Ukrainian Alexander Kabanov (6-2, 4 KOs). Two unbeaten welterweight will collide when Tajik Sherali Mamedaliev (4-0, 2 KOs) and Finnish Jussi Koivula enter the ring. Finally, another welterweight Daniil Utenkov (4-0, 3 KOs) is set to clash against Ugandan puncher Hassan Saku (10-6, 9 KOs) in the starting bout of the evening. All three fights are scheduled for six rounds.




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