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Eastern Europe buzz

By Alexey Sukachev

Tomasz Babilonski of Babilon Promotion staged a little show on Sunday night at ROKiS, Radzymin, in Poland. Babilon’s brightest star Krzysztof Cieslak (15-0, 5 KOs) both retained his IBF Youth and captured a vacant Polish international title with a very narrow majority decision over previously unbeaten Frenchman Philippe Frenois (11-1-1) with scores: 96-94, 96-95 and 95-95. Also successful were prospects Krzysztof Szot (9-0, 1 KO) and Mariusz Welc (4-0, 1 KO).

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Two tiny boxing tournaments will be staged tomorrow in the Ural Region. At the Markstadt restaurant in Chelyabinsk, Ural Boxing Promotion arranges a nice-packed little show for local fans. In the main event of the evening unbeaten WBC #19 Serbian super middleweight Nikola Sjekloca (15-0, 5 KOs) is scheduled to collide with well-known Russian journeyman Artem Vychkin (8-24, 6 KOs) over six rounds.

On the same date at casino Vodoley in Ekaterinburg, German Titov will present his usual prospect watch. Young talent Fedor Papazov (3-0, 2 KOs), Dmitry Mikhailenko (3-0) and Rustam Nabeev (4-0) are taking part in tune-up non-title bouts.

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On Sunday night, Feb. 28, unbeaten lightweight prospects Gabor Veto (13-0, 10 KOs) of Hungary, 21, and Austria-based Russian Ali Chusseinov (17-0, 10 KOs) will take their parts in separate bouts of a local show, arranged by Anna Pfabl in Lugner city.

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On Saturday night, Feb. 27, leading Uzbek promoter Shuhrat Haydarov of Favzul Munavvar boxing company stages his next show at OQ-TEPA club in Tashkent. The event will be headlined by a trio of top Uzbek fighters, including Olympic gold medalist and former world title challenger Mohammad Abdullaev (19-3, 13 KOs), who is taking on Mamasoli Kimsanbaev (11-2, 4 KOs) over eight rounds. Unbeaten super featherweight Zohid Hudayberdiev (12-0, 5 KOs) and welterweight Sherzodbek Alimjanov (16-1, 10 KOs) will also be featured in eight-rounders. Also taking his part in the show will be lightweight Bahrom Payozov (11-1, 6 KOs).

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