By Alexey Sukachev
Cheboksary native Konstantin Piternov (8-0, 1 KO) proved once again that his amateur pedigree (over 300 wins at unpaid ranks) compiled with his technical finesse and ring wisdom was more than enough for the bitter rival Rudolf Asaturyan (8-4, 4 KOs). Defending his national super middleweight title for the first time, Piternov effectively kept Russian regalia with him and raised his stock after the ten-round unanimous decision over the same opponent, whom he wrestled his title from in June. The contest was held yesterday at the legendary “Krilya Sovetov” arena in Moscow and headlined a tiny show, staged by debuting promoter Roman Kim. Linking pairs and arranging match-ups was well-known Russian boxing personality, Alexander Kolesnikov.
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Piternov used his height and reach advantage to keep shorter Barnaul Armenian at bay, while peppering him with jabs and adding some power shots on occasion. Piternov rocked Asaturyan with the left hook in the first but failed to finish him either in this round or later. Asaturyan was better with his defense than six months ago but came terribly short in fire department, trying to tag his foe rarely with some wide shots and missed almost every time. Piternov experienced a little struggle in the midst of the fight but took latter rounds to punctuate his victory in style. All three judges were unanimous in their decision: 98-92, 98-94 and 100-91 – all for Piternov. Fightnews scored it 98-93 – for the defending champion.
In the main support bout of the evening, hard-hitting Uzbek brawler Sherzod Nazarov (11-4, 10 KOs) was taken to school by light-hitting but technically sound Igor Ivanov (3-0) also of Cheboksary. Ivanov, who had over three hundred bouts as an amateur (winning 95% of them), is known for giving fits to two-time Olympic champion Alexey Tischenko. This time his opponent was easier yet more dangerous with the superior ring experience. However, it didn’t prevent Ivanov from dealing considerably more punishment during the whole contest with his light but crisp punches and pin-point combinations. Nazarov, fighting often with his back to the ropes, tried hard but was able only to bleed Ivanov’s nose in the first round. He did have some success in rounds three and four but the rest of the fight was in Russian’s favor. Official scores were 80-73 and 79-74 – for Ivanov. Fightnews scored it a bit closer 78-74.
In the starting contest of the night, welterweight Aslanbek Kozaev (9-0, 4 KOs) annihilated terribly overmatched Estonian Leonity Vorontchuk in the very first round. Vorontchuk (now 19-44-1, 6 KOs), who had lost his 23 last fights in a row, was never in game, went down twice and was stopped at 2:50 of the initial stanza. Also, in a special attraction, two foxy blondes Svetlana Kulakova and Elena Kondratieva lit up the crow in a kickboxing four-rounder.