By Alexey Sukachev, Dmitry Mikhalchuk and Anton Gorunov
Lviv native Victor Plotnikov (22-1, 10 KOs) acquired the vacant EBA welterweight title with an uneasy twelve-round majority decision over previously unbeaten Uzbek guest Sherzodbek Alimjanov (15-1, 10 KOs) tonight in front of the roaring home crowd at “Ukraine” Palace of sports. Plotnikov-Alimjanov fight was a headliner of the evening, promoted by the K2 East Promotions. Alimjanov fought the whole collision as the aggressor, trying to cut angles and to unload his powerful combinations in close quarters. Plotnikov, whose only loss was a close decision to world-ranked Belgian slugger Jackson Osei Bonsu the last year, showed his usual finesse and better technique to circle around his foe, using his jab, avoiding Alimjanov’s desperate attacks and paying no attention to his frequent change of stance. Two judges saw it in favor of Plotnikov 115-113 and 118-111, while the third judge had it a draw 114-114.
In what seemed to be the most dramatic fight of the evening, local heavyweight Maxim Pedyura (13-1-1, 11 KOs), coming out of the recent loss to the world-ranked toughman Alexander Ustinov, got an eight-round draw against Croatian Mario Preskar (16-0-3, 10 KOs). Sadly, the fight will be remembered not through its well-paced boxing but because of the dramatic accident at the end of the battle.
Both fighters fought on even terms till the last round, with Preskar being seemingly ahead on the scorecards. Feeling there’s nothing to lose, giant slugger Pedyura, whose best weapons in the fight were right uppercuts and overhand counters, desperately went in for kill and sent Preskar down after a heated exchange in the corner, when Preskar hit his opponent after the ‘break’ command. Down went however both boxers and, while Preskar was still throwing punches even on canvas, both fighters started to operate at the stalls. The situation almost went out of control, when the referee finally separated the pugs from one another. Pedyura repeated his wild assault, and Preskar went down for the second time only to be saved by the bell. He wasn’t able, however, to listen to the judges’ decision as he lost his consciousness almost immediately after the final bell. Moments later he was taken out on stretched and put into emergency care. According to the latest reports, Preskar regained his consciousness in the neurosurgical department of the local hospital but still remained in stably heavy conditions right now.
Junior middleweight Tursunbay Abdulakimov (11-3, 3 KOs) of Uzbekistan lost a close eight-round decision to Ukrainian Kostya Rovensky (12-0, 2 KOs) with the scores 77-76, 77-75 and 79-74. Rovensky was a better fighter in the opening rounds, while the Uzbek fighter finished the bout stronger, taking the latter rounds.
Alautdin Murtazaliev (8-2-1, 5 KOs) UD 8 Vladimir Borovsky (21-36-2, 9 KOs)
Valentin Golovko (9-0, 5 KOs) UD 8 Denis Tupilenko (2-7-1)
Artem Ayvazidi (7-0, 2 KOs) TKO 8 Vitaly Olkhovik (4-8-2, 2 KOs)
Mamed Yadgarov (12-5, 6 KOs) TKO 3 Asror Sotivoldiev (2-4, 1 KO)