By Alexey Sukachev
An emotional presser, devoted to the upcoming Red Square boxing event was held today at the specific synodic department of the Patriarchate of Muscovy (the constituent division of the Russian Orthodox Church) responsible for the full fledged interaction between the Church and military and law machinery of the Russian statehood.
“The current situation with young people, with teenagers and especially with waifs and strays of the country is horrible at best. Those homeless and parent-less children, coming out of the orphanage, are prone to the different types of criminal influence. The vast majority of orphans become gangsters and ready criminals the next year after coming into the adult life. That’s a national catastrophe, and the only possible way to change things is to combine intellectual, religious, mental and sportive education to nurse the new lofty breed of youngsters, which will be patriotic and diligent by the very nature of their hearts and souls,” exclaimed Father Dimitry Smirnov.
“The best way to accomplish this hard task is to introduce orphans and other youngsters to sport, and the Sunday pro-boxing card, which is fully supported and blessed by the Church, suits this goal perfectly. We hope the organizers will not disgrace the public to come, and the event will be very concurrent and exciting. Boxing is not only for the body, it also strengthens one man’s will and mental determination” said Father Smirnov.
The tournament consists of four fights, two of them being for minor titles. In the starting bout of the evening, 18 year old super middleweight banger Hetag Kozaev (4-0, 4 KOs) takes on Nikolay Miron (1-3) over six. Heavyweights Murad Khalidov (6-0, 3 KOs) and Kanat Altaev (3-1-2, 2 KOs) will resolve their issues next. Young middleweight stylist Anton Novikov (12-0, 5 KOs) is scheduled to face Tanzanian Mada Maugo (8-2, 6 KOs) for the WBC Youth title over ten rounds in the main event. Finally, unbeaten junior middleweights Sherzod Husanov (13-0, 7 KOs) and Timur Nergadze (12-0, 2 KOs) collide in what seems to be the most heated bout of the whole show. Remarkably, both fighters were prominent amateurs; Nergadze beating young Ricky Hatton on points more than twelve years ago, and Husanov taking numerous medals in international competitions.
The show is promoted by the “Ural Boxing Promotions” and presented in association with the “Ready for Labour and Defense of Russia” military sportive foundation. Representatives of both promoters and sponsors addressed warm words to the media in audience as did well known Russian rock musician, Alexander Kutikov. Less official and more ingenuous was 2000 Sydney gold medalist, and the recent national amateur team head, coach Alexander Lebzyak, who was joking all the time, however, finding a moment to present his pugilistic gifts to organizers.
The main theme of the presser was a presentation of a newly created World Boxing Council’s specific branch, named Eurasian Boxing Council (EBC). The WBC EBC president Mikhail Denisov introduced a new type of the greenish belt with the familiar logo and new details around it. The WBC EBC was named the successor of the former WBC Commonwealth of Independent States and Slovenian Boxing Bureau (WBC CISBB), which was created with the help of late WBC vice president Edmund Lipinsky. All CISBB champions will automatically be named EBC champions, according to Mr. Denisov, while the WBC Baltic league will become a constituent part of the WBC EBC body. Husanov-Nergadze showdown is set to become the inaugural fight of the new organization. “WBC EBC is our main priority at the time”, confirmed the newly appointed WBC vice president, “Husanov’s WBC ABC belt won’t be at stake this time and promoters are negotiating hard to receive the WBO sanction for the WBO Asia Pacific title defense. But as of now, it’s only for the WBC EBC title, specifically created for those fighters who won’t be a cannon fodder in the future”.