By Alexey Sukachev at ringside
Triumph Palace of sports in a satellite city of Lyubertsy (just 5 kilometers to the South-East from Moscow) is usually a home for the similar basketball club. On Thursday, however, it was a venue for the first ever boxing show, arranged by the starting promoter Alexander Polguy in association with the Jab Promotions (Vitaly Supichenko) and Union Boxing Management (Sergey Stepkin), with the help of Ural Box Promotions and with the considerable support, provided by the government of Lyubertsy district, part of Moscow Region.
In a main event of the evening, former amateur standout Konstantin Piternov (7-0, 1 KO) converted his 306 unpaid wins into one classy performance against former national champion Rudolf Asaturyan (8-2, 4 KOs) en route to a wide unanimous decision over ten rounds. Piternov was the better guy throughout the whole fight with his laser jab, precision punching and great defensive skills. Asaturyan, a free-swinging brawler, tried to impose his will on elusive 25-year old foe but found no success. Moreover, in the second round he was badly floored after a wicked left hook to the head by Piternov. Asaturyan somehow got through this but was dominated in the rest of the fight despite his sheer will to trade punches with sharper and more technically sound Cheboksary native. At the end judges saw it 100-90, 100-89 and 98-92 – all in favor of Piternov, who became the Russian super middleweight champion after this victory.
Heavyweight Maxim Maslov (9-0, 7 KOs) proved his prospect status with a tough sixth-round TKO over Dane Claus Bertino (11-2, 8 KOs). Both fighters were cautious, trying to work in spurts rather than to slug it out throughout the whole contest. Bertino was good with his jab and sudden right crosses, while Maslov tried to use multi-punch combinations both to the hands and body to slow his foe. First two rounds were dead even; then Maslov started to take over slowly, nevertheless soaking much fire in return. He also was down twice, both times correctly being ruled as slips. Finally, in round six Maslov managed to pin his opponent to the ropes and unload there a quick right-left combo to the body, putting Bertino on a knee. The Dane got up but after another brutal session of bodypunching preferred to take another knee. Bertino’s corner immediately threw in the towel to stop the fight. Huge win for talented Maslov.
Russian-based Tajik welterweight Sherali Mamadaliev (6-0, 3 KOs), fighting in front of a roaring Tajik minority, outclassed tough-as-nails Argentinean Norberto Adrian Acosta (16-20-3, 4 KOs) over eight busy rounds. Former Tajik Olympian used every punch in his book to stop the gutsy guest but Acosta just asked for more and kept coming anyway. Not being floored by Tor-like hammer shots, Acosta lost a wide unanimous decision (80-72, 80-72 and 80-71) and won a major applause from the crowd.
In an uneventful eight-rounder, Alsanbek Kozaev (6-0, 2 KOs) proved his superiority over Vyacheslav Yakovenko (7-6-1, 3 KOs) with the scores 80-72, 79-73 and 78-74. Yakovenko was never in game, more showboating than really fighting but Kozaev light blows were too little to knock his opponent out.
The scariest and the most thrilling moment of the show was a single lethal left hook by bantamweight Alexey Makhnenko (4-0, 4 KOs), which has put his Uzbek opponent Akram Abdullaev (0-3) down and out in the fifth round. It was downright scary as Abdullaev lost his consciousness for several moments and then it took several minutes to finally put him on the stool. Abdullaev was sent to the hospital for precautious procedures. Meanwhile, Makhnenko proved he is just who he is: a crowd-pleasing banger with mild defense and menacing hitting power. Next for the Moscow State Mine University student can be a fight for the minor title in July.
In a huge test of his abilities, Karyala native Elis Idrisov (2-0, 1 KO) scored a well-received yet calm split decision over six rounds against gatekeeper Vasily Andriyanov (7-20, 1 KOs), who has never been stopped. He is one to watch after.
Finally, lightweight Andrey Klimov (3-0, 1 KO) scored a unanimous decision against Uzbek Abboshon Anvarov (1-1) over four.