By Alexey Sukachev and Anton Gorunov
WBA intercontinental middleweight titlist Avtandil Khurtsidze (18-1-2, 11 KOs) hardly retained his belt moments ago in Cherkassy, Ukraine, scoring a narrow majority decision, which could have gone either way, over Hungarian guest Attila Kovacs (25-3, 17 KOs). Shorter but physically stronger Georgian Khurtsidze (WBA #8) applied a smart pressure from the outset trying to sneak inside and to land there his most punishing combinations. Kovacs, on the other hand, did well countering his opponent’s assault with his hard blows. After the fog of war had cleared away, judges finally rendered the scorecards in favor of the local fighter: 116-112, 115-113 and 114-114. Khurtsidze is expected to enter top-5 after this victory.
Heavyweight Mario Preskar (15-0-2, 10 KOs), the newest addition to K2 East Promotions, made his debut under this aegis a successful one, when his opponent Zurab Noniashvili (11-5-1, 6 KOs) refused to come out of his corner after the third round. Klischko brothers’ sparring partner used his better technique to constantly outland increasingly passive Georgian throughout the whole fight or at least throughout the first three rounds. Noniashvili fired nothing in return making surrender the only possible solution.
Unbeaten welterweight prospect Dmitry Nikulin (17-0, 6 KOs) used his usual cautious approach to control Georgian Mikhail Khucishvili (11-6-2, 4 KOs) on the outside. As the bout progressed, Nikulin, feeling no resistance to his force, started to work more and more offensively, making the fight increasingly one-sided. Georgian’s corner decided to stop the massacre after the seventh round.
Valery Brazhnik (21-0-1, 14 KOs) TKO 2 Vitaly Charkin (0-5)
Alexander Spirko (4-0, 2 KOs) PTS 4 Oleg Tolochko (1-2, 1 KO)
Magomed Yadgarov (10-5, 4 KOs) TKO 1 Khasan Vishnyakov (0-1)
Maxim Velichko (4-14-2) UD 4 Vitaly Manzik (1-1)
Ruslan Dzambulatov (3-0, 3 KOs) KO 1 Dmitry Guzik (0-1)
The show was promoted by K2 East Promotions.