By Alexey Sukachev
Kai “Ironman” Kauramäki, 42, the most experienced active Finnish pugilist to date, was on the very brink of defeat this Saturday night in a tough initial defense of his BBU middleweight title at Promenadikeskus, Pori, but dug as deep as you can ever ask for and ultimately found intrinsic resources to stop Czech-based Russian Magomed Abdurakhmanov (now 15-4, 8 KOs) in an all-action war, once long to be remembered in Finland.
The Russian boxer, who is best known for losing to Alexander Abraham this May, started the title fight very strongly punishing “Ironman” with assortment of heavy punches both to the head and to the body. After two minutes at the first round Kauramäki was quickly down for a count from an uppercut to the jaw. Although Abdurakhmanov, 25, tried to hunt the quick end Kauramäki was able to hold and survive the round. In the second round Kauramäki was able to utilize his height and reach advantage and dominate especially at the end of the stanza with a couple of hard straights with both hands.
Early in the third, the Russian boxer was again battling back more actively than in the previous stanza and also was the aggressor by hitting Kauramäki numerously to the body behind his high guard but although at the latter part of the round Kauramäki was again taking the control and the round itself. In the fourth stanza, Abdurakhmanov started to show some signs of fatigue while both boxers continued their fierce punching; Abdurakhmanov being concentrated on the bodypunching. He was also warned, however, and deducted a point for hitting to the back of the head.
In the next round, while Kauramäki was taking control more and more clearly, the challenger was once again taken a point away for an illegal punching. Although being forced to back to the ropes a couple of times in the fifth Abdurakhmanov continued the aggressive stalking of his counterpart. The next round came and Kauramäki showed his sharpness and experience; “Ironman” blocked and avoided last desperate punches, thrown by Magomed Abdurakhmanov, and then backed him to the red corner with 12-15 unanswered blows, forcing referee Anssi Peräjoki to step in right at the same time when Abdurakhmanov was knocked down. After the fight the audience rewarded both boxers for an exciting and dramatic entertainment with a round of sound applause.
With the victory Kauramäki, who is managed by Jaakko Helminen, improved to 17-15, with 6 KOs, and has now won 4 consecutive fights. The show which was promoted by Pro Box Team contained five professional bouts. However, it was the BBU title fight, which has been praised afterwards by a majority of Finnish boxing experts by saying it to be absolutely the best fight of 2009 in Finland this far.