By Alexey Sukachev
Russian middleweight slugger Gennady Martirosyan (19-2, 8 KOs) is expected to make a return to the world rankings following his all-action two-way knockout win over Spaniard Miguel Angel Pena (28-15-4, 9 KOs) several hours ago at the Gladiator Fight Club in St. Petersburg, Russia. Martirosyan vs. Pena for a vacant WBO European 160lb belt topped a huge local card, arranged by Jab Promotions.
After the tedious first round, Martirosyan brought some real heat to the 36-years old Pyrenean guest and dropped him twice at the beginning of the second stanza. After the latter knockdown, St. Petersburg-based Armenian went to have the job done and was amazingly dropped down himself after a short but powerful left hand by Pena. Martirosyan survived till the end of the stanza and came back to the basics in the next round. He was able to wobble the Spanish fighter with a strong right hand at the end of the first minute of the round and sent him down at the finish of the second for the third time in the contest. Martirosyan went right after the Spaniard once again and was also once again hurt by Pena not to capitalize on his previous success. Round four was calmer until the end when the local hero rocked his foe with a brutal left to the stomach. The end came during the fifth, when Pena was down after a left-right one-two by Gennady, hardly got himself upright only to be floored for the fifth time in the fight, prompting referee to stop the bout inside the distance.
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