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Eastern Europe Update

By Alexey Sukachev

A tiny card, arranged by Ural Boxing Promotions at Markstadt restaurant in Chelyabinsk, Russia, was marked with a really unusual event. Gennady and Nikolay Maximov, two light heavyweight debutants, collided in what probably was the first ever pro fight between identical twins. Both combatants battled each other without any break and the similarity of their boxing styles contributed to the final outcome of the clash. Nikolay has won over his sibling via a split decision. This unique match-up had something in common with the bout between father and son Harry Duiven Sr/Jr, which was held on Dec. 22 in 2006 and resulted in the second-round TKO for the younger fighter.

The main event saw WBC #18 Montenegrin super middleweight Nikola Sjekloca moving up to 16-0, with 5 KOs, after a hard-fought unanimous decision against well-known Russian journeyman Artem Vychkin (now 8-25, 6 KOs) over six competitive rounds.

Other results:
Roman Scherban (2-2) UD 4 Alexey Kalinin (0-4)
Dmitry Lavrinenko (1-0) UD 4 Kirill Artemiev (1-18)
Igor Shiriayev (1-0) UD 4 Kirill Sobolev (0-1)

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German Titov came back to his Ural citadel at casino Vodoley in Ekaterinburg, Russia, with a small promotion, featuring three rising prospects. Super featherweight Theodoros (Fedor) Papazov (4-0, 3 KOs) made short work of Ismatulla Gulyamov (0-4-1). Gulyamov was down twice in the second after hard right hands before referee stepped in to halt the action. Welterweight Dmitry Mikhailenko (4-0, 1 KO) scored his first stoppage win dominating experienced Evgueny Veniaminov (7-6-1, 2 KOs). Finally, flyweight Rustam Nabeev (5-0) scored a unanimous decision over Pavel Isinbaev (2-9)

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Leading Uzbek promoter Shuhrat Haydarov came back to OQ-TEPA in Tashkent for his next arrangement on past Saturday night. The soundest name on the card was former world title challenger Muhammad Abdullaev, who advanced to 20-3, 14 KOs, when his opponent Mamasoli Kimsanbaev (11-3, 4 KOs) failed to answer the bell starting the seventh round. Abdullaev is 5-0 with 2 KOs since coming back to the ring after three and a half years of inactivity. Also victorious was Sherzodbek Alimjanov (17-1, 10 KOs) who scored a hard-fought yet unanimous decision over Abdulaziz Matazimov (10-5, 4 KOs). Scores were: 77-75, 76-73 and 79-72 – for Alimjanov.

Other results:
Bahrom Payozov (12-1, 7 KOs) TKO 1 Farid Saifullin (4-6, 1 KO)
Aziz Rahmonov (5-2, 2 KOs) KO 1 Kobil Komiljonov (0-1)
Sherali Mamajanov (3-0, 1 KO) UD 4 Botir Nosirov (0-1)
Abbos Anvarov (5-1, 2 KOs) TKO 2 Lazizbek Uzakov (0-3)
Mahsud Jumaev (3-8, 1 KO) TKO 1 Gayrat Saidov (0-2)

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Balkan Promotions will put on a show this Thursday at Grand Hotel in Kopaonik, Serbia, which will see two undefeated prospects in virtual mismatches. Cruiserweight Nenad Borovchanin (23-0, 16 KOs) faces Igor Pilipenko (4-6-1) over eight, while lightweight Dejan Zlaticanin (10-0, 8 KOs) is scheduled for six against loser Christian Spataru (0-12).

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Austrian promoter Ann Pfabl arranged a local event in Lugner City on Sunday night. In the main bout of the evening, 20-year old lightweight Ali Chusseinov (18-0, 11 KOs) knocked out Mohesen Moradian (3-3, 1 KOs) in the eleventh to capture vacant EBF and WPBF obscure titles. Also victorious was highly touted Hungarian lightweight Gabor Veto (14-0, 11 KOs) who stopped debuting Steffan Paulitsch in four rounds.

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