By Alexey Sukachev
Russian-based Azerbaijani Fariz Kazimov (10-1-1, 3 KOs) retained the national title of his adopted homeland in a final fight of the International Kostya Tszyu Cup on Friday night in Yugorsk, Russia. Kazimov, 22, looked much stronger and way tougher than his southpaw opponent Anatoly Sidorov (4-2-1), 21, of Simferopol, Ukraine, before finally stopping him in the fifth round. Kazimov missed the quarterfinal of the Cup but was taken into the mix after an overwhelming favorite Ruslan Provodnikov preferred to concentrate on his academic studies. Kazimov stopped Karen Tevosyan in the semifinal this May.
Also, Tevosyan (12-1-3, 7 KOs) came back to the winning column with the first-round stoppage of Murad Bekov (4-3). Anton Alexeev (3-0, 1 KOs) got a unanimous nod against Evgeny Veniaminov (7-5-1, 2 KOs) over six, and debuting Syrian heavyweight Abdulmanem Kabbani knocked out Latvian Pavels Dolgovs (1-1, 1 KOs) in the second. The whole card was organized by the Tszyu Fund for Sport Support and Development and sponsored by Gazprom-Transgaz-Yugorsk and Stroymontazh. Promoter was Kira Plotnikova, while matchmakers were Stanislav Bukhlov and Andrey Katyshev.
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On the same date in Moscow, Sergey Stepkin of Union Boxing Management staged a minor tournament at legendary “Krylia Sovetov” sports arena. The modest show was timed to the 60th anniversary of former amateur star Oleg Korotaev, an important figure of Russian professional boxing during his dawn; he was tragically killed in New York in January 1994.
In the main fight of the night, comebacking light heavyweight Roman Simakov (7-1-1, 5 KOs) stopped trialhorse Ruslan Semenov (2-18-1, 2 KOs) in three. Also, Ukrainian Fedor Mushtranov (2-1, 1 KO) outpointed Kirill Artemiev (1-15) in four rounds.