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Senchenko dethrones Nuzhnenko!

WBA regular welter title changes hands

By Alexey Sukachev

Donetsk-based WBA #3 Vyacheslav Senchenko (29-0, 20 KOs) outpointed WBA welterweight champion Yuri Nuzhnenko (28-1-1, 13 KOs) over twelve hard-fought crowd-pleasing rounds by scores of 118-110, 116-112 and 116-112 in an all-Ukrainian superfight at the Sportpalace Drusba in Donetsk, Ukraine. After the even first round, Senchenko found his rhythm in the second round. He kept Kievan Nuzhnenko on the distance with his hard right jab and added a huge left hook to shake Yuri at the end of the round. The pattern of the game was the same for the next two rounds with Senchenko being effective on the outside and Nuzhnenko trying to enforce a brawl in close quarters. He was a bit more successful in the fifth stanza with his pressure tactics but Senchenko came back strong in the next two rounds. Nuzhnenko was cut over his left eye in the midst of the contest and had his usual facial swellings from the outset of the game. Nevertheless, the reigning champion increased the tempo and started to connect more in closing rounds while Senchenko did his best to find safety in clinches. However, Yuri’s final effort was too late and maybe too little to turn back the tide. Fightnews scored it closer than the official scores reflect with 115-113. Shane Mosley remains the WBA super champion in this weight class.
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European featherweight titlist Oleg Yefimovich (16-1, 10 KOs), who is ranked #3 by the WBO, #12 by the WBC and WBA, and #15 by the IBF, retained his regalia for the second time with an easy twelve-round decision over Frenchman Osman Aktas (33-17-5, 6 KOs) with the scores: 120-108, 119-109 and 119-109. Yefimovich used his superior technique and boxing wisdom to control the slow and light-hitting Aktas from the distance with his jab and powerful left hooks and right hands but was unable to stop his durable foe. Fightnews had it 119-109 for the local hero.
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Junior welterweight Vladimir Kravets (19-0, 12 KOs) retained his EBU-EE title by becoming the second fighter to stop journeyman Yauhen Kruhlik (9-12-2, 1 KO). Referee Terry O’Connor ended the action in the third round.
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In a stunner, unheralded upset specialist Nikita Lukin (9-17-2, 2 KOs) outpointed formerly ranked featherweight Stas Merdov (27-7, 22 KOs) over eight rounds: 97-95, 96-93 and 98-93.
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Rising WBC #13 super middleweight talent Stas Kashtanov (24-0, 14 KOs) halted no-hoper Andrey Ageev (2-7, 1 KO) in the sixth round.
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Lightweight Andrey Kudriavtsev (31-6, 13 KOs) easily stopped German guest Nico Schroeder (4-7-1, 3 KOs) in six rounds.
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Rising cruiserweight Yago Kelidze (9-0, 7 KOs) destroyed Belarussian journeyman Dmitry Adamovich (14-22, 6 KOs) in three rounds of action. Adamovich is now 0-6 in his last fights.
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Ukrainian-based Uzbek light heavyweight Server Emurlayev (12-0, 4 KOs) scored a workmanlike decision over professional loser Andrey Monakhov (1-7, 1 KO): 80-74, 80-74 and 79-74.
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Heavyweight Alexander Nesterenko (6-1, 4 KOs) stopped debutant Pavel Biruk (0-1) in four rounds.
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Heavyweight Alexey Zakharov (4-0, 3 KOs) knocked out overmatched Nikolay Aksanenko (0-3) in the third round. Time was 0:45.
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Junior middleweight Artiom Karpets moved to 4-0, 3 KOs, after his pro-debuting opponent Sergey Kotliarchuk retired on his stool following the fourth round.




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