In a battle for the vacant NABA U.S. light heavyweight title, Southern California-based Ukrainian Anatoliy Dudchenko (18-2, 13 KOs) stopped Maryland’s Sabou Ballogou (8-7, 4 KOs) in round five. As initially reported on Fightnews, Ballogou was much tougher than his record suggested. At the time of the stoppage the official scorecards were 39-37, 39-37, and 38-38 with the two winning cards favoring Ballogou. Urged by his trainer Phil Paolina to turn it on prior to the start of the fifth round Dudchenko did just that dropping Ballgou twice in that final round en route to the win. Big victory for Dudchenko by winning a major regional title. Paolina aside from savoring this victory also in part celebrates another fight all the way over in England. Paolina trained Audley Harrison at his New York City Boxing Club in Canoga Park, California the past few months. Harrison won the Prizefighter Heavyweight tournament Saturday in England. Paolina was unable to attend due to his prior committment to Dudechenko for Saturday’s bout. Ed Holmes promoted Saturday’s event at the Quiet Cannon in Montebello, California.
In a cruiserweight co-feature, world ranked Southern California-based Ukrainian Ismail Sillakh (18-1, 15 KOs) stopped U.S. based Ghanaian Daniel Allotey (14-4, 7 KOs) in round two. Sillakh, trained by Shadeed Suluki, dropped Allotey in round one and twice in round two en route to the TKO victory. The bout was Sillakh’s first fight since his loss to Denis Grachev in April of last year. A busy 2013 with activity is what’s said to be in the works for Sillakh.