By Alexey Sukachev and Andrey Bazdrev (at ringside)
Photos: Andrey Bazdrev (PBFR)
Russian middleweight champion Gennady Martirosyan, 29, is steadily raising his stock as a legitimate contender in 160lb weight division. On Friday night, Feb. 20th, Martirosyan (16-1, 6 KOs), who is ranked #15 by the WBO, added a vacant PABA middleweight title to his resume and Thai Kiatchai Singwancha (26-6, 16 KOs) to the list of victims with an impressive ninth-round knockout victory. The fight was a headliner of a nice-packed tournament, held in Casino Conti, St. Petersburg, and promoted by Vitaly Supichenko and Alexander Yagupov of Jab Promotions.
Both pugilists started the bout cautiously trying to avoid unnecessary mistakes and operating according to their pre-fight plans. Southpaw Singwancha sought an opportunity to land his counter left, while Martirosyan used lateral movement and ruses to make the Thai foe miss. In round three, Singwancha adopted another tactics by going forward and attacking in spurts but to no success. As rounds went by, heavily-built Martirosyan started to gain more and more confidence with each minute. He was cutting his opponent’s movements and pummeling him in the corners, taking little in return. In round nine, the local hero finally increased tempo and began landing at will. After another of Gennady’s three-punch combos Singwancha was down and out for a count and was unable to get on his feet for a few distressing minutes. Time was 1:18. By the time of stoppage all three judges had Martirosyan well ahead with lopsided scores: 80-72 and 80-73 (twice).
Rising cruiserweight Alexander Kotlobay (13-1, 8 KOs) easily passed his toughest career test to date with the second-round destruction of dangerous Hungarian Jozsef Nagy (20-4, 14 KOs). Kotlobay, 28, wasn’t banking on a knockout but when the opportunity came he landed a crushing uppercut to put his rival on canvas. Nagy barely beat the count but was in no condition to continue and referee Alexey Boytsov was forced to wave this bout off. Time was 2:39.
Young heavyweight gun Maxim Maslov (7-0, 5 KOs) looked to be on the way to a workmanlike six-round decision when he suddenly iced his rival Andrey Kokoulin (5-5, 4 KOs) with a blistering counter combination, decked him and prompted referee to stop the bout prematurely. Time was 0:22 of the third round. Kokoulin argued intensively he could continue the fight.
Aggressive but technically flawed Uzbek banger Sherzod Nazarov (11-3, 10 KOs) had a rough time defeating journeyman Alexander Saltykov (7-15-3, 5 KOs). Saltykov used his superior ring intelligence to control hard-hitting but way too straightforward foe in first two rounds. Nazarov was lucky to survive the second round after a massive right hook of Saltykov. The Uzbek fighter was a bit more successful in rounds 3&4, and the fight was stopped in favor of Nazarov after the fourth round due to Saltykov’s severe hand injury.
Tajik welterweight Sherali Mamadaliev moved to 3-0, 2 KOs with a six-round unanimous decision over professional loser Sergey Starkov (16-51-2, 2 KOs).
Russian light middleweight Daniil Utenkov (3-0, 2 KOs) expressed his superior power once again flooring Estonian Leonti Vorontchuk (19-36-1, 6 KOs) three times en route to the TKO victory in the third round.
The next show under the aegis of Jab Promotions is scheduled to be held in St. Petersburg in mid April.