By Alexey Sukachev
In a stunning upset for the partisan crowd, Russian welterweight journeyman and former national champion Alexey Evchenko (8-7-1, 4 KOs) knocked out local favorite Bogdan Mitic (13-2, 7 KOs) in the ninth round of their clash for the vacant EBU-EE 147lb title. The fight was staged at Hala Sumice in Belgrade, Serbia. Time was 1:35. Mitic was well ahead on the scorecards at the time of stoppage. Bogdan’s young brother Vuc (10-1, 6 KOs) was more successful, stopping his opponent Stanislav Sakic (0-3) in three rounds.
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In a cross-roader between two unbeaten fighters, Hungarian veteran Vilmos Balog (27-0, 14 KOs), 34, outpointed much younger Vasyl Klyusa (11-1, 7 KOs), 22, of Ukraine over twelve rounds to acquire something called “the vacant WBC Mediterranean super middleweight” belt. Scores were 116-112, 116-114 and 118-112 – all in favor of Balog. The fight took place on Saturday at Stadthalle, Vienna, Austria. Sauerland Event prospect Marcos Nader (4-0) scored a points victory in an undercard.
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Interestingly though, on the very same date Montenegrin Nikola Sjekloca (15-0, 5 KOs) retained the very same belt in the very same weight class with a lopsided decision over rugged Italian Lorenzo Cosseddu (21-4-4, 2 KOs). Scores were 119-109, 119-110 and 120-110. Another prospect Dejan Zlaticanin (9-0, 7 KOs) scored the first round TKO over debutant Antonio Horvatic in an undercard of the show, held at Budva, Montenegro. The real owner of the “WBC Mediterranean Super Middleweight Title” remains to be seen.
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LBN Boxpromotion and matchmaker Mario Pokowietz staged a small but notable fight card at Baki Idman Sarayi Arena in Baku, Azerbaijan, this past Saturday. The unique feature of this card was that it was only the second boxing event to be held in Azerbaijan in five years.
In the main event, local favorite Azad Azizov (22-2-1, 13 KOs) captured the vacant IBO I/C light welterweight title with a hard-fought decision over Tanzanian Charles Damas (3-4-3, 1 KO). Scores were 115-114 (twice) and astonishing 120-108 – all for Azizov. Also, Ukrainian Roman Golovaschenko (7-1, 5 KOs) retained his IBO Youth and GBC cruiserweight titles with a unanimous decision over tough Georgian Georgy Tevdorashvili (4-2-1, 3 KOs). Scores were 118-110 (twice) and 117-111 for Ukrainian.
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It looks like Hungarian local fan pleaser and one of the most petite female fighters in the world Krisztina “Baby” Belinszky (23-6-2, 9 KOs) will put her WIBF and GBC strawweight titles at stake against another tiny fighter in Filipino American Sarah Goodson (27-16-1, 9 KOs), who is standing just 4’10”. The fight will most probably be held in Erd, Hungary, on Nov. 28 under Ironbox Promotion. Hungarian lightweight prospect Gabor Veto (10-0, 9 KOs) will appear in an undercard.