By Alexey Sukachev
Both Kozaev brothers, 18-year-old kayo artist Hetag (7-0, 7 KOs) and 21-year-old Aslanbek (8-0, 3 KOs) – captured their first professional titles during a heated show, arranged by Ural Box Promotions on Saturday at Manezh in Vladikavkaz, Russia.
Super middleweight Hetag Kozaev, known for his punishing power, was badly irritated by Tanzanian Mada Maugo (9-4, 7 KOs) during the pre-fight presser. Angered Hetag didn’t waste any time and came right after much smaller Maugo in a wild first round. Both fighters were rocked several times but Kozaev’s natural power proved superior. Early in round two, the Ossetian fight unleashed a powerful combination that had Maugo down. The Tanzanian opened his eyes wide and seemed to be in a frightening danger forcing referee Predrag Aleksic to stop the fight at the count of four. Maugo immediately got back to his feet but it was too late and too foolish to protest the stoppage, as his unsportsmanlike behavior was its main reason. Kozaev is now the WBC Youth 168lb champion.
Fighting for the second consecutive time in the very heart of his historical Homeland, welterweight Aslanbek didn’t disappoint either. In an action-packed collision, the elder Kozaev dominated Ghanaian Prince Doku Jr, (5-2, 2 KOs) to a lopsided decision over ten rounds: 100-90 (twice) and 100-89. Aslanbek Kozaev acquired the vacant WBC Yout I/C welterweight title.
In a non-title contest, WBC Youth middleweight champion Anton Novikov (14-0, 6 KOs) stopped Kyrgyz Aibek Jeenbekov (9-5, 4 KOs) over six. Heavyweight Murad Khalidov (8-0, 3 KOs) decisioned Lithuanian Remigiyus Ziausys (8-22-2, 5 KOs) over ten. Ziausys was down once. Also, debuting Aslanbek Tlatov (1-0) outpointed Bairam Mukhamedov (2-2) over four.