By Alexey Sukachev
WBO #13 and IBF #15 junior welterweight Sergey “Professor” Fedchenko defended his IBF intercontinental title in style by dismantling Argentinean guest Diego Jesus Ponce (16-5-2, 2 KOs) in seven easy-fought rounds tonight at “Lokomotiv” Palace of sports in Kharkiv, Ukraine. After a slow start, Fedchenko started to dominate inside the squared ring since the fourth round. In the seventh stanza, Fedchenko suddenly unleashed a brutal combo of left hook – right hook – left uppercut, and Ponce slowly sank down to be counted out by the referee. Fedchenko, one of the most gifted Ukrainian technicians around, is now 23-0, with 11 KOs.
Comebacking WBC #17 light middleweight Zaurbek Baysangurov (20-1, 15 KOs) erased the memories of his humiliating December loss to Cornelius Bundrage in the IBF eliminator with the first-round stoppage of Georgian Mikheil Khucishvili (11-7-2, 4 KOs). Baysangurov started the onslaught from the opening bell, throwing punches in bunches with a special emphasis on right hands and left hooks to the liver. The Georgian import was able to sustain the storm but surprisingly claimed he couldn’t continue after the first round due to a severe pain after the liver blow by Zaurbek and inability to recover after that. This is the first-round technical knockout for Baysangurov.
Welterweight Victor Plotnikov (21-1, 10 KOs) scored a unanimous decision over Georgian Alexander Benidze (10-10-2, 5 KOs) with his usual precision punching on the distance. Benidze was on the brink of knockout in round six but somehow made it to the final bell.
Andrey Rudenko (13-0, 6 KOs) TKO 2 Yuri Gorbenko (0-3)
Valentin Golovko (8-0, 5 KOs) UD 8 Oleg Tolochko (1-3, 1 KO)
Artem Ayvazidi (6-0, 1 KO) UD 6 Dmitry Bogachuk (0-4-1)