By Alexey Sukachev
Russian featherweight Vyacheslav Gusev (16-2, 3 KOs), previously ranked #9 by the WBO, dropped a unanimous decision to unbeaten WBC #3 Mexican Juan Carlos Burgos (22-0, 15 KOs) this past Friday at Doubletree hotel in Ontario, California. Scores were 97-93 and 98-92 (twice) for the 21-year old fighter from Tijuana, who retained his WBC CABOFE title in the process. The result, however, was controversial at least, insists Gusev promoter German Titov. “Vyacheslav was badly cut in the very beginning of the first round. Yet he was able to dominate Burgos throughout the majority of rounds despite that obvious obstacle. It took him only a couple of rounds to adjust to Burgos’ style of boxing and then Slava started to press Burgos around the ring rocking him on several occasions. He is too light-hitting to knock that big Mexican guy out but there was no doubt who was the winner that night. The scores are all right, but judges picked a wrong guy as a victor. After the bout Mexicans and Americans visited Gusev in the dressing room and greeted him as the real triumpher,” explained Titov to this reporter.
There were several changes to recently announced July 2 boxing card in Moscow. WBO #10 junior middleweight Sherzod Husanov (13-0, 7 KOs) will put his WBO Asia Pacific title at stake against Russian Timur Nergadze (12-0, 2 KOs). However, this fight will be held this Sunday, June 21 on Red Square, during a nice packed little tournament, promoted by the Ural Box Promotions. Husanov was earlier scheduled to face Croatian Ante Bilic but that fight was cancelled due to undisclosed reasons.
Taking Husanov’s spot on July 2 is the WBO #6 featherweight Andrey Isaev (20-1, 7 KOs) of Belarus. Isaev, 29, will defend his WBO Asia Pacific belt against durable Thai journeyman Chaiyong Sithsaithong (16-4-3, 14 KOs), who is yet to be stopped.
Also, Russian light heavyweight champion Vasily Lepikhin (6-0, 4 KOs) will now face another Russian Roman Simakov (6-0-1, 4 KOs) for the vacant BBU 175lb belt instead of Kazakh Mikhail Krinitsin (8-0-1, 4 KOs), whose holders preferred another way to continue Krinitsin’s pro career.
The main event is still intact. WBO #1, WBA #2 and WBC/IBF #5 cruiserweight Grigory Drozd (31-1, 23 KOs) takes on dangerous American kayo artist Darnell Wilson (23-8-3, 20 KOs) over twelve for a pack of minor titles.
Cruiserweight Valery Volozhenin (12-0-1, 6 KOs) suffered a severe hand injury during his training camp and was forced to withdraw from a huge Arena Box-promoted fight card on June 26 in Germany. Volozhenin, who was scheduled to collide with Croatian Ivica Bacurin (5-0-1, 1 KO), is the second Titov fighter forced to be taken out of the Voelklingen event. Earlier it was reported that famed Thai ex-WBA master Yodsonan Sor Nanthachai was injured during his preparations for the bout with Russian Sergey Sorokin making it a no-go.