By Alexey Sukachev
Two tiny tournaments have been staged today in Moscow and the nearby city of Balashikha, with two reigning Russian champions featured. At the Mashinostroitel Sports Arena in Balashikha, Russian super middleweight champion Konstantin Piternov (10-0, 3 KOs) scored a fifth-round TKO over Benson Mwakyembe (6-1-1, 4 KOs). At the Krilya Sovetov Sports Arena in Moscow, Russian featherweight champion Ayup Arsaev (10-0, 6 KOs) blew away Jasur Alimjanov (5-2, 3 KOs) in the first round.
In a pitched battle between two unbeatens, Russian super middleweight champion Konstantin Piternov (10-0, 3 KOs) proved he is a force to be reckon with (at least at local scene) by the fifth-round stoppage of Tanzanian Benson Mwakyembe (6-1-1, 4 KOs) at “Mashinostroitel” sports arena in Balashikha.
Mwakyembe gave Piternov several scary moments in the first stanza, but the second was in Konstantin’s favour – thanks to his body punches. Piternov, who is now promoted by Vladimir Hryunov, increased the tempo and finally send Mwakyembe down in the fifth with a right uppercut followed by a left hook. The Tanzanian failed to beat the count.
This fight crowned a major boxing event, organized by Vladimir Hryunov, Balashikha Boxing Federation and Victor Ageev’s Sports Club in association with the Professional Boxing Federation of Russia and a number of local and state organizations. The rest of the schedule was filled with various amateur fights.
Hard-hitting Nazran native and former kickboxing star Ayup Arsaev continued his way up to the featherweight elite with an impressive first-round stoppage of Uzbek import Jasur Alimjanov (5-2, 3 KOs). The reigning Russian 126lb champion was down once on what was ruled a slip by referee Alexander Kalinkin before coming back strong and sending Alimjanov down with the left hook to the chin. The Uzbek fighter beat the count but was too dazed to continue. WBC-rated Arsaev clinched the so-called “Kitek Fight Club featherweight championship” with this win and improved his record to 10-0 with 6 kayos.
The Arsaev-Alimjanov bout headlined a small show, co-promoted by Marc Meltzer of Kitek Fight Club and Kirill Pchelnikov at “Krilya Sovetov” sports arena in Moscow. In another impressive fight, Ivan Kaberkon (4-3, 3 KOs) used a smart pressure to continuously rock and shake comebacking welterweight Eduard Romanchuk (3-3) until his opponent retired on his stool during the break between the fifth and the fourth rounds. Brooklyn-based Russian Ruslan Khayrtdinov moved to 4-0, 2 KOs, with an impressive third-round TKO of durable journeyman Kirill Artemiev (1-20, 1 KO). Artemiev was down three times after hard blows to the liver before the fight was waved off. Also, heavyweight hope Khizir Pliev (1-0-1) got his first win in the pro ranks by outpointing Azerbaijani Emin Gyulmamedov (0-3) over four (all scores were 40-35 in his favour). Pliev is best known for a draw against widely popular MMA star Alexander Yemelyanenko in his pro debut.
Atabek Mamajanov (1-0) UD 4 Victor Ivanischev (0-2). Scores were 40-36 (twice) and 39-37.
Lochinbek Husanov (1-0) UD 4 Kirill Sobolev (0-2). Scores were 40-36 (twice) and 40-37.