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Eastern Europe Update

By Alexey Sukachev

Fast-rising cruiserweight prospect Mateusz Masternak (18-0, 13 KOs) notched another impressive victory this Saturday night to retain his WBC interim Youth title for the second time at Spodek, Katowice, Poland, headlining a major event, arranged there by promoter Jakub Andreas Grajewski. WBC #17 Masternak showed an excellent poise and delivered every punch in the book to continuously hurt and overwhelm durable WBC #36 Frenchman Faisal Ibnel Arrami (11-2, 8 KOs) until getting a well-deserved stoppage at 1:46 of the eighth round. Masternak wobbled Arrami with a picture-perfect right cross followed by a left uppercut and unleashed a barrage of punches prompting referee to step in saving shaken Frenchman from further punishment. Wroclaw native Masternak, 22, opened some eyes the last year, stopping fellow undefeated Lukasz Janik in a dominating fashion. Scores were 70-63 (twice) and 68-65 – for Pole – at the time of stoppage.

On the same card, former world title challenger Matt Zegan (now 41-5-1, 21 KOs) got a controversial win over another Frenchman Pierre Francois Bonicel (17-4-2, 7 KOs) via a disputed twelve-round split decision to capture a vacant WBO European lightweight title. Zegan sent his foe down with a right jab in the opener but failed to deliver anything of significance down the stretch. Bonicel pressed forward and forced Zegan to retreat under fire numerous times. However, at the end two of three judges gave a victory to the local hero 115-112 and 114-113, and the third one scored it 113-114 in favour of the guest fighter. Even in spite of a win Zegan looked visibly faded and only a shell of his best.

Also, three-time Polish Olympian Wojciech Bartnik (24-4-1, 9 KOs), 41, outpointed German Rene Huebner over ten with scores 100-92, 99-94 and 100-90 to capture a mysterious Europe Profi-Box Association cruiserweight title. Former world title challenger and another Olympian Aleksy Kuziemski (18-1, 4 KOs), rated WBO #13, lopsidedly decisioned German Lars Buchholz (12-4, 4 KOs) over eight rounds: 80-72 on all judges’ scorecards. BBU International light welterweight titleholder Lukasz Maciec moved up to 10-1, with 2 KOs, following a wide decision (thrice 60-54) over previously unbeaten German Rico Mueller (9-1-1, 7 KOs).

Other results:
Mariusz Cendrowski (18-2-2, 7 KOs) UD 8 Andrei Rimer (7-10, 6 KOs)
Daniel Urbanski (15-5-3, 4 KOs) UD 8 Baker Barakat (8-7-4, 6 KOs)
Dariusz Sek (5-0, 1 KO) UD 6 Mariusz Radziszewski (0-6)
Dariusz Balla (2-9) UD 4 Artur Kadlubek (0-1)

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The next day was also a busy one in Poland, as five undefeated prospects showcased their skills in front of local fans at Hilton hotel in Warsaw. A tiny tournament was co-promoted by Bullit Knockout Promotions and Babilon Promotions.

In the main event, light heavyweight Pawel Glazewski (10-0, 3 KOs) scored a hard-fought eight-round unanimous decision over tough-as-nails France-based Cameroonian Martial Bella Oleme (9-23, 1 KO) to retain his BBU International belt for the first time. Scores were 77-75, 78-74 and 79-73 – for Glazewski. Referee was Daniel Van de Viele.

Junior welterweight Krzysztof Szot (10-0, 2 KOs) stopped Dominican Chirstian Frias (20-12-2, 16 KOs) in three one-sided rounds. Frias, who was 19-0-2 while fighting all over Caribbean is now 0-12 in his last fights. Also victorious were WBC #12 cruiserweight Tomasz Hutkowski (18-0-1, 12 KOs), cruiserweight Krzysztof Glowacki (10-0, 6 KOs) and super middleweight Maciej Myszkin (6-0, 2 KOs).

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It took Austria-based Magyar Vilmos Balog, 35, just 91 seconds to dismantle Bosnian no-hoper Nikola Matic (1-5) in a main event of a local promotion at Wimberger hotel in Vienna. Athens Olympian for Hungary Balog is now 28-0, with 15 KOs. Two Sauerland Event pupils also scored easy victories on Saturday night. Light heavyweight Dustin Dirks (14-0, 9 KOs) knocked out Hungarian Daniel Regi (11-6, 5 KOs) in two, while middleweight Marcos Nader (6-0, 1 KO) got his first stoppage with the first-round destruction of another Magyar Gyula Gaspar (10-7-1, 5 KOs).

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20-year old middleweight prospect Max Limonov (12-0, 8 KOs) knocked out Uzbek Mahsud Akbarov (3-8-1, 3 KOs) in the very first round on Friday night at Colosseum in Barnaul, Russia. Limonov, controlled by German Titov Promotions and Kirill Pchelnikov, made his American debut in November 2009 with the third-round stoppage of Skyler Thompson.

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Two 2008 Beijing Olympic medalists, now promoted by German Titov Promotions in association with Kirill Pchelnikov, will be showcased this Friday night in Dominican Republic. Felix Diaz (4-0, 3 KOs), the first ever Dominican to capture a gold medal in Summer Olympics boxing competitions, is scheduled to take on hard-hitting Nicaraguan Orlando Membreno (11-12-1, 10 KOs). Also, heavyweight bronze medalist Vyacheslav Glazkov (3-0, 1 KO) from Ukraine faces American veteran journeyman Ramon Hayes (15-29-1, 10 KOs) in a four-rounder.

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A specific boxing event, bannered “Night of Heroes – Noc for Haiti”, will be conducted on Friday night in Prague, Czech Republic. All proceeds will be sent to support the nation of the Caribbean republic, which suffered a murderous earthquake this year.

In the main event, WBO #4 and IBF #12 Czech junior middleweight Lucas Konecny (42-3, 20 KOs) is set to defend his national belt at 160 lbs against tough Hungarian customer Attila Kovacs (25-4, 17 KOs) in a ten-rounder. Talented Belarussian Sergey Ryabchenko (12-0, 8 KOs) goes ten against Italian journeyman Pietro d’Alessio (10-8-1, 6 KOs), while unbeaten German welterweight Tommy Altmann (11-0, 3 KOs) is set for six against local favourite Bronislav Kubin (9-2, 5 KOs). Also taking their parts in the show will be local fighters Tomas Adamek (14-2-1, 6 KOs), Roman Kracik (30-3-1, 17 KOs) and Ladislav Kutil (16-2, 3 KOs). Eurosport will televise (starting 9 PM LT).




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