By Alexey Sukachev
WBO #4 and IBF #12 light middleweight contender Lukas Konecny (43-3, 21 KOs) retained his national middleweight title with a fourth round TKO over former Romanian lightweight champion Ionut Trandafir Ilie (13-3-1, 1 KO) on Friday night in Prague, Czech Republic. The Czech 154-pounder took a methodical approach, using his trademark pressure to frustrate and upset smaller Ilie. In round four, Konecny went after the Romanian and dropped him with a right hand to the body for the count.
Hard-hitting Belarussian prospect Sergey Rabchenko scored a sensational first-round blowout of durable Germany-based Italian veteran Pietro d’Alessio (10-9-1, 6 KOs). The 24-year old went right after the Italian and connected with his lead punch, which was left hook to the liver, from the outset. D’Alessio was repeatedly hurt badly with Rabchenko’s liver punches. Finally, at the end of the round Rabchenko delivered a devastating double left hook to both the liver and the jaw to get the job done at the bell to end round one. Rabchenko is now 13-0, with 9 KOs, and a big world ahead of him.
Czech namesake of cruiserweight king turned heavyweight contender Tomas Adamek (15-2-1, 6 KOs) erased sad memories of his stoppage loss to WBA mandatory challenger Vyacheslav Uzelkov with a methodical six-round decision over rugged Belarussian journeyman Artem Solomko (10-19, 3 KOs). Scores were 60-54 on each scorecard.
In a heated rematch of his TKO 4 loss in 2007, local hero Ladilsav Kutil (17-2, 3 KOs) outpointed British cruiserweight journeyman Nick Okoth (8-27-5, 3 KOs) over six bloody punch-and-clutch rounds. Scores were 60-54, 59-57 and 59-56 – for Kutil. Fightnews saw it 58-58 a draw.