By Alexey Sukachev
One cannot imagine a better year for a brand new promotional company than 2009 was for the recently created Jab Promotion boxing group, co-ruled by its president Vitaly Supichenko and former European bantamweight titlist Alexander Yagupov. The dynamic duo started their mutual partnership in the fall of 2008 and after just one year of work this St. Petersburg-based company has something to be proud of. Jab Promotion was the only Russian promoter who was able to get its fighters a big time abroad (not once but twice)… and a shot at world title as well. It would have been even bigger if Ali Ismailov and Dmitry Sukhotsky had won their WBO championships but either way they had been close enough to pull off the upsets while fighting at backyards of Victor Emilio Ramirez and Jürgen Brähmer correspondingly to create some controversy around the results.
Fightnews contacted Alexander Yagupov to ask him about the plans of Jab Promotions for 2010 and to give his opinion about the latest fight between Sukhotsky and Braehmer.
“We are preparing for a huge year in 2010. It has already started of course but we shall kick it off in February and we are planning no less than ten promotions in coming eleven months. Not only Russia will be affected but we are also going to stage at least four events abroad, more specifically in Finland, Latvia and Estonia,” says Yagupov.
“On Feb. 6 we shall arrange a tiny show, billed as “Amarillo Boxing Night 2 – Taistelu mestaruudesta” at Rewell Center Amarillo in Vaasa, Finland, alongside our friend Petro Koskimies of Caramelito Promotions. The main fight of the night is a return of our Tajik enforcer Sherali “The Lion” Mamadaliev (9-0, 5 KOs). Sherali will have a chance to capture his first title as we are aiming him at both interim PABA title and a vacant WBO Europe welterweight belt. His opponent is Frenchman Frederic Serre (10-4, 2 KOs), whose best victory came in December 2008 when he decisioned previously unbeaten Maurice Weber over eight in Germany. It’ll be a tough fight for our pupil.”
Another Jab fighter to make a debut on foreign soil will be super middleweight Elis Idrisov (3-0, 1 KO) who is scheduled for six against Latvian Andreys Barabanovs (3-0, 2 KOs). In the second title fight of the night local prospect Sami Selesmaa (3-0, 2 KOs) will dispute a vacant BBU International super middleweight title in a match-up against Anton Sjomkin (2-1, 2 KOs) of Estonia. Finally, local crowd-pleaser Janne “Finnish Butterbean” Katajisto (3-0, 2 KOs) will be featured in a four-rounder against Slovak Ladislav Kovarik (9-5, 4 KOs).
“The show will also be the concrete start for the co-operation between Caramelito Promotions and Jab Promotion. This time two boxers from Jab Promotion will step into the ring in high level fights but in future also my Finnish fighters will visit their shows in Russia. I do believe that this kind of co-operation will help both stables to improve their shows and will be beneficial for both stables and their boxer. I´m very happy with all the business we have done with Jab Promotion so far,” gives his opinion Petro Koskimies.
“Our next start is pre-scheduled for Feb. 27”, continues Yagupov. “We shall arrange another championship tournament – this time in our citadel – at “Atmosphere” club in St. Petersburg, Russia. The main event will see WBO #6 middleweight Gennady Martirosian (19-2, 8 KOs) in the first defense of his WBO European belt against French banger Aziz Daari (24-12-4, 20 KOs). Have you seen a war between Martirosian and Pena in Gennady’s last fight? This one can hardly be less blistering. The show will also feature our rising cruiserweight star Alexander Kotlobay (17-1-1, 11 KOs) and a possible return of our prime fighter Ali Ismailov (16-3-1, 12 KOs). Junior middleweight Daniil Utenkov (8-0, 6 KOs) is also a possibility for a title fight but we are still in negotiations in regards to his next opponent.”
“Less than a month later we shall be back in Narva, Estonia. Headlining is our heavyweight hopeful Maxim Maslov (10-0-1, 7 KOs) who is set to defend his EBU-EE belt, presumably against one of the Balkan fighters. A bunch of our prospects will make their return to the ring”.
“Finally, in April – the date is yet to be defined – we are planning a return of our top gem Dmitry Sukhotsky (14-1, 9 KOs) following his questionable loss against Juergen Braehmer in December. He will be supported with a bunch of our most accomplished fighters including Martirosian and Ismailov.” Yagupov increases the tempo and put in more emotions while speaking about Sukhotsky, “Dmitry will fight most probably for one of minor titles to get himself back into the ranks. I’m shocked not a bit with the treatment of our fighter. After bringing the wholesome hell to then-WBO champion he was thrown out of ratings. That’s ridiculous! The reason for this anger is also revealed by the outcome of the fight. Dmitry should have won it twice – first in the tenth round, when the referee should have stopped the fight after about thirty unanswered blows by Sukhotsky but he was just exchanging glances with the doctor and the battle just went on; then at the end of the fight when Dmitry should have been awarded with the decision. I can’t quite get how judges score the tenth round only 10-9 in Dmitry’s favor. I scored the entire fight 115-112 – for our fighter. However, he should think more about his behavior and his skills as well. Dmitry was on the brink of finishing Brähmer but failed to get the work done. He has lots of work to do ahead of him. My applause is also coming for the German fighter who withstood this wild pressure and was able to recover and to show he indeed is the Man. That’s being said, if Jürgen has to do his jail time soon, his title will become vacant, and Dmitry should be in line to fight for it.”