By Alexey Sukachev
Rising boxing company Ural Boxing Promotions brought world boxing back to the city of Krasnoyarsk, an old Siberian settlement known for its perpetual pugilistic traditions. The tournament was held Saturday at Ivan Yarygin Sports Palace and featured two rising Kozaev brothers: welterweight stylist Aslanbek and super middleweight banger Khetag. As usual, WBC #30 Khetag (now 10-0, 9 KOs) made a long work short with his trademark power punches. 19-year-old Ossetian native dropped fellow undefeated Argentinean Victor Hugo Mujica (5-1, 2 KOs), a year and a half his senior, once in the first and twice more in the second before the contest was waved off by referee Alexander Kalinkin. Kozaev retained his WBC Youth title for the first time.
In the co-feature, 22-year-old Aslanbek (11-0, 4 KOs) was extended to the full distance by rugged, hard-nosed Filipino Dan Nazareno Jr. (12-4, 8 KOs), 20. WBC #35 Kozaev used his skills to frustrate Nazareno Jr. for the first eight rounds and came out blazing in the semi-championship rounds to cruise towards a comfortable decision on three judges scorecards: 100-93 and 100-92 (twice). Kozaev defended his WBC Youth I/C belt also for the first time.
WBC #27 middleweight Anton Novikov (16-0, 6 KOs) made an expected move down in weight to outpoint former prospect Eduard Romanchuk (3-4, 2 KOs) unanimously over eight rounds at 154lb limit. Novikov was previously scheduled to face off against Brazilian Rocky Junior. Interestingly, late sub Romanchuk took the fight wearing Manny Pacquiao trunks; however, the sound name didn’t transform into corresponding level of boxing.
Jab Promotions resident Daniil Utenkov (9-0, 6 KOs), making the first hometown appearance in career scored a hard-fought unanimous decision over tough Ukrainian Anatoly Sidorov (4-3-1). Scores were 59-55 by all judges. Finally, heavyweight Ahror Muralimov improved to 3 KOs in 3 fights following the first-round knockout of Yuri Gorbenko.