By Dmitry Mikhalchuk (ringside), Anton Gorunov and Alexey Sukachev
In a huge upset, world-ranked Ukrainian and previously unbeaten light welterweight Sergey “Professor” Fedchenko (now 23-1, 11 KOs), who was ranked #7 by the WBO and #15 by the IBF lost both his perfect record and IBF Intercontinental title with a twelve-round majority decision to South African import Kaizer Mabuza (who moved up to 22-6-3, with 13 KOs) moments ago at Meteor sports arena in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine.
Mabuza utilized his relentless aggression and seemingly endless stamina to press technically sound stylist Fedchenko throughout the whole fight. It was obvious team Fedchenko hadn’t done its homework, as it took Sergey more than three rounds to adjust to his foe’s style of fighting. Finally, Fedchenko found his rhythm but, nevertheless, was hit more often by his wild-punching opponent, though dominating in the percentage of the connected blows. Kaizer was hit and punched but continued to move on. In round eight, the local fighter was cut over his left eye and the South African became even more successful.
Fedchenko, on the other hand, decreased his punch output, which also contributed to the final decision. At the end of the twelfth round, one judge saw it a draw 114-114, while the other two favored Mabuza by scores of 117-112 and 115-112, thus awarding him with a well-deserved majority decision.
Ex-cruiserweight Vitaly Rusal (24-1, 17 KOs) made a wise move following his stoppage loss to the newly crowned WBO champion Marco Huck. Rusal moved down in weight to score a dominating victory over Vasyl Kondor (18-7-1, 5 KOs). After a cautious start, Rusal started delivering punches with a special accent on his right cross and left hook. In round three, Kondor was severely dazed after a hard right hand to the chin and was issued a standing eight. The end came right after the break in round four, when Rusal unleashed a powerful combo after a thunderous counter to put Kondor in danger of being severely injured. Though he wasn’t down, he was clearly out on his feet, and the action was wisely halted by the referee.
Heavyweight Andrey Rudenko (15-0, 8 KOs) followed the path of his world-ranked teammate Alexander Ustinov with a dominating eighth round TKO over Kazakh clowning journeyman (though a national champion) Talgat Dosanov (13-13-1, 6 KOs). Rudenko used his skills to outbox and outpunch neglecting Dosanov from the outset but the guest fighter showed a remarkable confidence, self-esteem and crowd-pleasing ability while staying under heavy fire. The Kazakh fighter was down in the third but managed to survive much longer, though in round seven the referee was on the brink of stopping the action. Early in round eight, he was given a standing eight-count but fooled both referee and his opponent, easily continuing the fight. However, when Rudenko decked Dosanov for the second time, enough was enough and the referee waved it off, saving still-clowning Kazakh boxer from the extra punishment.
Talented Ukrainian southpaw Dmitry Nikulin, competing at light middleweight limit, moved up to 19-0, with 6 KOs, after a hard-fought unanimous decision over rugged Uzbek Tursunboy Abdullakimov (12-4, 3 KOs). Crafty technician Nikulin, 25, utilized his superior footwork and excellent speed to trick and fool his aggressive opponent over first seven rounds, scoring much with his left crosses and left hooks to the body. As the bout progressed, Nikulin’s fatigue started to show up and granite-chinned Abdullakimov was able to deal the favorite some damage in closing rounds of the bout. However, it wasn’t enough as all three judges saw it in favor of Nikulin – 99-92, 98-93 and 97-94.
The whole show was organized by the K2 East Promotions.
Valentyn Golovko (10-0, 5 KOs) UD 8 Jahongir Mamajanov (6-2, 1 KO)
Mamed Yadgarov (13-5, 7 KOs) TKO 7 Levan Garibashvili (1-2-1)
Igor Fanyan (7-0-1, 6 KOs) TKO 2 Dmitry Prytkov (0-1)
Dmitry Kucher (5-0, 4 KOs) KO 2 Konstantin Okhrey (18-29-3, 8 KOs)
Daniyar Ganyk (4-0, 2 KOs) TKO 1 Alexander Nosyk (0-6)
Dmitry Simernin (2-0, 1 KO) UD 4 Dmitry Lugansky (0-2)