By Alexey Sukachev
Recently created Russian promotional group Ural Box Promotions staged a show Saturday in Noginsk, Moscow region. In a co-mains event of the evening, rising middleweight prospect Anton Novikov (12-0, 5 KOs) captured a vacant WBC Youth crown, outpointing tough Ghanaian guest Isaac Sackey (4-4, 2 KOs) over ten heated rounds, while unbeaten Russian light middleweight Timur Nergadze (11-0, 2 KOs) topped Tursunboy Ablyakimov (10-2, 3 KOs) over twelve.
Novikov used his superior boxing skills to control the fight in the opening rounds but in round four he was badly cut over his right eye after an accidental head-butt. Sensing his only chance for the victory, Sackey increased the tempo and started to throw wild punches from various angles. Novikov, however, remained cool till the final stanza and countered his opponent well and at the proper time. At the end, all three judges have it in a favor of the local hero: 98-92, 99-92 and 98-94.
Nergadze (11-0, 2 KOs) used the clever tactics to methodically break his rival’s will with effective body punching and finally got the best of Uzbek native Ablyakimov (10-2, 3 KOs) over twelve easy rounds with lopsided scores: 119-110, 119-108 and 120-109. With this victory, Nergadze retained his WBC CIS and Slovenian Boxing Bureau 154lb title for the first time.
Other results: Alsanbek Kozaev (5-0, 2 KOs) UD 8 Vadim Sufianov (6-9-1, 2 KOs); Murad Khalidov (5-0, 3 KOs) TKO 3 Isroil Kurbonov (3-3-1); Hetak Kozaev (2-0, 2 KOs) TKO 1 Mikhail Ryzhak (0-1); Askerkhan Alimerzaev (1-0) UD 4 Magomed Nurmagomedov (0-1)