By Alexey Sukachev
WBC #5 welterweight Selcuk Aydin (17-0, 14 KOs) scored a devastating first-round knockout of Newark-based Equadorian Luis Hernandez (22-4, 15 KOs). Hernandez started the fight aggressively throwing numerous body punches against calm Turkish fighter. Aydin waited a bit with his return fire but once he unleashed it, the fight was over. Aydin (also WBA #12 and IBF #14) landed a short but powerful right hook to send Hernandez to the canvas starting the third minute of the opening round. The Equadorian rose up on shaky legs and was immediately dropped for the second time after a huge Aydin’s combo. Brave Hernandez barely beat the count but was too dazed to continue and it was waved off by referee Guido Cavalleri. Time was 2:32. Aydin retained his WBC International belt during the process.
In a ten-round main event of the show, young Czech heavyweight Ondrej Pala (23-2, 18 KOs), 24, used his superior physical stature and punching power to outpoint German Konstantin Airich (11-2-1, 9 KOs) over ten heated rounds with the scores 96-94 and 99-92 and a draw 95-95 on the third scorecard. Airich started the bout in his favor but towering Pala, who scored a points win over Henry Akinwande last year in Turkey, used his sharp jab and hard left hook to take middle rounds of the match. Airich, 30, tried to catch his second wind in later rounds but it was Pala, who was close to stopping his fatigued opponent in the last stanza.
Former two-time WBO heavyweight champion of the world Herbie Hide (47-4, 42 KOs) easily outboxed his Georgian opponent Sandro Siproshvili (15-5-1, 5 KOs) in a non-title eight-rounder. Using a safety-first approach, Hide (WBC #2, WBO #3 and IBF #14) controlled his foe with the sharp left jab and added a right uppercut and right cross on rare occasions. Rugged Siproshvili marched forward without any success, eating punches in bunches and throwing almost nothing in return. All three judges score the bout in favor of the “Dancing Destroyer” from England: 80-72, 80-72 and 79-73. next for Hide is a WBC eliminator against Matt Godfrey in May.