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Russian Update

By Alexey Sukachev

After a couple of months off, rising Russian pugilistic company Ural Boxing Promotions will be back into action tomorrow at Ivan Yarygin Sports Palace in Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk. As always, the Chelyabinsk-based promoters will entertain a local crowd with several up-and-coming prospects; two of them defending their WBC minor belts against credible opposition.

In the main event, WBC #30 super middleweight Khetag Kozaev (9-0, 8 KOs) puts his WBC Youth belt at risk against fellow unbeaten Victor Hugo Mujica (5-0, 2 KOs), 20, of Argentina. Nineteen year old knockout artist Kozaev was forced to go the distance for the first time in his career in February being unable to stop rugged Konstantin Makhankov.

The co-feature will pit Khetag’s elder brother Aslanbek (10-0, 4 KOs), ranked WBC #35, against dangerous Filipino Dan Nazareno Jr. (12-3, 8 KOs) in a battle for Aslanbek’s WBC Youth I/C welterweight title. Nazareno’s biggest win also came on road last July, when he stopped ex-Japanese champion Koji Numata in four rounds.

WBC #27 middleweight Anton Novikov (15-0, 6 KOs) will be featured against yet another undefeated fighter in 38-year old Brazilian Rocky Junior (8-0, 3 KOs). The fight is scheduled for eight and no titles will be at stake. Jab Promotions resident Daniil Utenkov (8-0, 6 KOs) will be a guest performer on this card, as he tries to resolve Anatoly Sidorov (4-2-1) stylistic quiz. Finally, rising cruiserweight Ahror Muralimov (2-0, 2 KOs) will also see action tomorrow at arena, which bears the name of the legendary Soviet freestyle wrestler and two-time Olympic champion.

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Meanwhile, Ural Boxing’s possibly biggest draw Timur Nergadze (13-1-1, 2 KOs) will come back into the squared circle a month later and will step into the ring in no other place than on Red Square. Nergadze will headline another open-air tournament, promoted by Ural Boxing in association with several other Russian companies in the very heart of Moscow. He takes on Kazakh young prospect Vladislav Savchenko (11-0, 7 KOs) in a light middleweight title twelve-rounder most probably for one of WBC regional belts.

Hard-slugging light heavyweight Roman Simakov (11-1-1, 6 KOs) and light welterweight Andrey Klimov (7-0, 3 KOs) will be featured in supportive bouts of the evening.

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Looks like highly regarded (and highly ranked as well) middleweight Dmitry Pirog (15-0, 12 KOs) is off Tuesday’s big promotion in St. Petersburg and heading directly to his next fight, possibly overseas. Pirog was previously set to face Sergey Melis in a title ten-rounder.

Replacing him in an eight-round undercard header will be talented super middleweight Maxim Vlasov (16-0, 7 KOs) who is penciled to battle against Ukrainian journeyman Vasyl Kondor (18-10-1, 5 KOs). Vlasov last fought in February, stopping American Julius Fogle in the very first round of their ESPN-televised bout.

The show, arranged by Jab Promotion, will be crowned by three title twelve-rounders; the biggest of them being a clash for a vacant EBU cruiserweight title between Enzo Maccarinelli (31-4, 24 KOs) and Alexander Kotlobay (18-1-1, 12 KOs) of Russia.

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Oleg Bogdanov of Trinity Promotion with the help of Jab Promotion staged a local show last Saturday night at casino Conti in St. Petersburg. There were no meaningful fights but mostly debutants and rookies. However, three established fighters – Laziz Baymuratov (13-0, 10 KOs), Andrey Bogdanov (11-1-1, 3 KOs) and Mara Khuzeev (19-5-1, 10 KOs) – notched their next victories over trialhorses.

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