By Alexey Sukachev at ringside
Once again, rising bantamweight hope Alexey Makhnenko (6-0, 5 KOs) failed to give the roaring crowd enough time to enjoy his boxing skills, overshadowing them with his freakish knockout power. A couple of hours ago, Makhenko entered the ring in front of the local student community at Moscow State Mining University and left it just 155 seconds after with his hand raised up in the air following a brutal demolition of Ukrainian no-hoper Vitaly Golovonkov (0-2). Makhnenko, who has recently graduated from the university, known for its vivid boxing traditions, slowly got himself into fight and even ate some shots from his opponent. Then he suddenly threw a left-handed bomb that landed flush on Vitaly’s chin putting him down cold. Referee Alexander Kalinkin started the count but waved Golovonkov off right after, sensing he is in no shape not even to say a word. That was a hard knockout on Maknenko’s behalf that drove the local crowd crazy for several minutes.
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In the co-feature, lightweight Andrey Klimov improved to (5-0, 1 KO), after a convincing six-round unanimous decision over Ukrainian Denis Tupilenko (2-9). Tupilenko was down in the fourth and lost every minute of every round, which resulted in 60-53 (thrice) for Klimov. Also, debuting light heavyweight Sergey Ekimov (1-0) upset much more experienced Sergey Beloshapkin (7-6, 2 KOs) unanimously over four rounds. Scores were 39-37 and 39-38 (twice) for the local student.
The show was promoted by Sergey Stepkin of Union Boxing Management. Stepkin, once a crowd-pleaser himself, has also graduated from the MSMU.
Rustam Shidginov (3-3, 1 KO) UD 4 Oganez Ayvazian (2-1). Scores: 40-37, 40-36, 39-37.
Georgy Maltabar (1-0) UD 4 Bobir Normatov (0-4-1). Scores: 40-35 (thrice).
Bakhtiyar Juraev (1-2-1, 1 KO) TKO 2 Alexander Ismatov (0-1).