By Alexey Sukachev
A huge show, labeled “Pro Boxing Show – VI” was organized this past Saturday at “Druzhba” Palace of Sports in Donetsk, Ukraine, by the local company “Union Boxing Promotion” (Yuri Ruban). The tournament featured ten fights, four of them being for various titles. In the main event of the show, two once-beaten Eastern European featherweights – local hero Oleg Yefimovich (18-1, 11 KOs) and Belorussian Andrey Isaev (22-2, 7 KOs) – collided in an important crossroad fight for the European (EBU) title, previously owned by the WBC #6 and the WBO #10 Ukrainian. Both fighters delivered their best performances but Yefimovich was a bit more consistent and deservedly got a unanimous decision (118-110, 118-110 and 118-111) over WBO #5 Isaev, who suffered a serious cut in the eighth round. Yefimoich retained his title for the fourth time.
Server Emurlaev (16-0, 5 KOs), a 24-year old Uzbeki import, got some portion of applause as well, hammering his way to his first important career win. Emurlaev, who will now be ranked by the WBA, defeated Germany-based Cameroonian Bernard Donfack (14-8-3, 6 KOs) unanimously (119-109 – twice, and 118-110) to capture a vacant European Boxing Association super middleweight title. He was given a belt by the WBA/EBA supervisor Bartolome Torralba.
In the third title fight of the night, WBC #34 light welterweight Vladimir Kravets (21-0, 13 KOs) retained his EBU-EE belt for the sixth time, outpointing Kazakh Kanat Kartenbaev (10-4-2, 3 KOs). Kravets applied his smart aggression while Kartenbaev was bobbing and weaving at the ropes. In round seven, he was badly cut by Kravets, who didn’t stop firing right until 2:00 of the ninth, when the bout was halted on the advice of the ring physician. A technical decision was ruled, which saw Kravets a definite victor – 88-83 (twice) and 89-82.
Donetsk-based Georgian cruiserweight WBC #32 Yago Kiladze moved to (13-0, 9 KOs), and retained his WBC Youth I/C title by knocking out German Matthias Sandow (5-5, 4 KOs) at 1:35 of the second round. Sandow was down once in the initial stanza and badly cut as well.
WBO #9 and WBC #21 super middleweight Stanislav Kashtanov is now (26-0, 14 KOs), following a wide decision over tough Latvian journeyman Olegs Fedotovs (12-7, 6 KOs) with triple 80-72 score over eight rounds. Also, super middleweight Artem Redko (17-2-1, 9 KOs) scored a narrow decision over Russian Rudolf Asaturyan (8-5, 4 KOs) with scores 79-75, 80-73 and 76-76.
Andrey Kudriavtsev (33-7-1, 14 KOs) UD 8 Dnitry Bogachuk (1-6-1, 1 KO)
Artem Karpets (9-0, 5 KOs) UD 8 Mikhail Vinnichenko (4-14, 2 KOs)
Stanislav Merdov (29-7-1, 23 KOs) UD 8 Marcel Kasimov (15-22-1, 11 KOs)
Ruslan Schelev (2-0, 2 KOs) KO 2 Mikhail Ignatyuk (0-4)