By Marcus Lammi (at ringside) and Alexey Sukachev
On Saturday night at Rewell Center Amarillo in Vaasa, Finland, Petro Koskimies with his quickly developing and rising Finnish professional boxing stable Caramelito Promotions presented a very entertaining and dramatic show, which was co-promoted with St. Petersburg’s Jab Promotions, led by Vitaly Supichenko and Alexander Yagupov. In a scheduled twelve-rounder for the vacant WBO European and interim PABA welterweight titles Russia-based Tajik Sherali “The Lion” Mamadaliev (10-0, 6 KOs) stopped Frenchman Frederic Serre (10-5, 2 KOs) in round six of a bout that really set the audience on fire.
In Finland it’s very rare that the audience is inspired over a fight between two foreign boxers, but this show, which was billed as “Amarillo Boxing Night 2 – Battle for the Championship,” proved to be a real exception. While Serre started a bit slowly checking Mamadaliev’s style, the Tajikistan-born fighter showed the reason for his nickname “The Lion.” Mamadaliev was the aggressor from the opening bell by hitting his foe with extremely hard and crisp punches especially to Serre’s body. Although Serre showed great defensive skills, Mamadaliev dominated rounds one to four with more active and heavier punching. Also cuts around Serre’s eyes started to bleed partly because of punches and partly because of the possible clash of heads.
In the fifth round, Serre started to raise the tempo and was able to connect against Mamadaliev many times and the Frenchman took the round. In the sixth round, Serre continued his pressure and was able to cause more problems for Mamadaliev, while it seemed that Mamadaliev had already spent his most dangerous punches. During the previous round the referee had asked the ring doctor to check the condition of Serre’s eyelids, and because the bleeding increased, the doctor advised stopping the fight at 2:02 of the sixth round. After a great performance, both were given a huge applause from the audience, which is a very rare gesture from Finnish people when foreign pugilists are fighting.
In another title fight for the vacant Baltic Boxing Union International super middleweight title, Estonian hard-hitter Anton Sjomkin (3-1, 3 KOs) scored his second TKO-victory over Finnish boxers in Vaasa. Back in December 2006 Sjomkin stopped Harri Okkonen, and this time he upset vastly experienced former amateur boxer and previously undefeated pro fighter Sami Selesmaa (3-1, 2 KOs) in two rounds. The first round saw both men fighting on even terms, but in the second round Selesmaa was twice knocked down by Sjomkin, forcing referee to stop the fight. Selesmaa was first down after the right-left combo by Estonian and then became a victim of monstrous left hook of Sjomkin.
Caramelito Promotions´ heavyweight boxer Janne “Finnish Butterbean” Katajisto fought with his most difficult opponent in his pro career so far. Katajisto was although able to step up in class and won every round against Czech Ladislav Kovarik, who dropped to 9–6, with 4 KOs, while Katajisto improved to 4–0 with 2 KOs.
In the first fight of the show, Jab Promotion´s light heavyweight prospect Elis Idrisov (3-1, 1 KO) was knocked down once in the first stanza and soon after that the fight was stopped by the referee absolutely prematurely, when Latvian Andrejs Barabanovs (now 4– 0 with 3 KOs) was again attacking without notable dangerous punches to cause Idrisov any problems.
Note: Baltic Boxing Union president Marcus Lammi worked as a timekeeper during the Mamadaliev-Serre title fight.