By Alexey Sukachev and Akboxing.ru
On Saturday evening, Mar. 13, Sergey Stepkin of Union Boxing Management gladdened Podolsk boxing fans with a bout-filled but transient local tournament, which was held at “Podmoskovye” night club. There were nine contests, three of them being scheduled for eight rounds. However, the virtual headliner pitted bantamweight kayo artist Alexey Makhnenko (now 7-1, 6 KOs) and Uzbek journeyman Bakhyt Abdurahimov (3-5, 1 KO) in a heated rematch of their December clash.
That time underdog Abdurahimov pulled off an upset by scoring a well-deserved majority decision over one-dimensional aggressor Makhnenko. This time Makhnenko failed to showcase much improvement in comparison, being hit much after pressing the Uzbek hard in the very beginning of the opening round. Abdurahimov moved forward at the end of the stanza and landed his punches at will. It seemed the fight would once again turn in his favor but he mysteriously retired in his corner, citing hand injury during the break between rounds one and two.
Arman Ovsepyan (8-1, 7 KOs) TKO 2 Bobit Normatov (0-7-1)
Victor Postol (9-0, 7 KOs) TKO 2 Hujabek Mamatov (1-1, 1 KO)
Dmytro Kucher (8-0, 7 KOs) TKO 5 Ivan Gaivan (1-2, 1 KO)
Andrey Klimov (7-0, 3 KOs) TKO 5 Dmytry Bogachuk (1-8-1, 1 KO)
Robert Dasoyan (14-7-4, 5 KOs) UD 6 Denis Tupilenko (2-13)
Sergey Ekimov (3-0, 2 KOs) TKO 1 Denis Ageev (2-13, 1 KO)
Nikolay Potapov (1-0, 1 KO) KO 3 Vladislav Zubkov (0-1)
Ruslan Berchuk (1-0, 1 KO) TKO 2 Bekzod Umarov (0-5)
WBA heavyweight ex-champion Nikolay Valuev was presented in the audience.