By Alexey Sukachev at ringside
Tonight, one of the finest Russian welterweights around Roman Seliverstov (9-8, 2 KOs) proved once again that his less-than-stellar record says nothing at all about his real abilities. Seliverstov, 32, who easily dominated former world title challenger Michel Trabant (then 43-3-1) in his penultimate fight last July, was too much for Kazakh Andrey “Bazooka” Yeskin (17-6, 12 KOs), 33, stopping him in six bloody rounds. With this victory Seliverstov captured the vacant Baltic Boxing Union welterweight title to see his hand raised in the air by this correspondent, who also worked as the BBU supervisor of the main event. Seliverstov-Yeskin championship collision headlined a nice-packed little show, promoted by the former welterweight contender-turned-promoter Sergey Stepkin and by the Union Boxing Management. It was held at the famed Sambo 70 sportive school in Moscow, Russia, and was dedicated to the opening of a new boxing circle in the nursery of various martial arts’ talent.
After the cautious starting round, Seliverstov began to beat his opponent to the punch in the second stanza. Being a light-hitting but technically sound boxer, he used his superior work-rate and clear punching to dominate reluctant Yeskin and finally dropped him down with a thunderous right hook to the head with ten seconds remaining in the round. Yeskin was also cut and had his nose terribly bleeding. The Kazakh guest, however, showed his will and character surviving the further onslaught by Seliverstov. In the third round, Seliverstov tried to make the work done but failed to finish his overmatched but still very tough opponent. The fourth stanza saw Seliverstov stalking his foe all over the ring with a remarkable precision-punching and the overall strength. Yeskin did his best to answer in style but it wasn’t his day in the squared circle. The Kazakh import, with a bloody mask on his face, continued to answer scarcely in the fifth round but it was too little to prevent onrushing Seliverstov from dealing more punishment. In the sixth stanza Roman finally exchanged his dominance in punch department for some fruitful results as he was continuously rocking his opponent and finally forced him to take a knee at the end of the round. Yeskin barely got up but after another assault by Seliverstov referee Alexander Kalinkin stopped the contest at 2:57. Roman Seliverstov was well ahead on all the scorecards (50-44 thrice) at the time of stoppage.
WBA #14 heavyweight Denis Bakhtov (29-5, 18 KOs) hardly got over Uzbek journeyman Isroil Kurbonov (4-4-1) scoring a narrow six-round unanimous decision. Bakhtov was the more active of two but he was hit on the regular basis as well. Kurbonov didn’t look like a no-hoper in the ring and did his best to get a victory but it wasn’t enough for him. He was also deducted two points for continuously spitting his mouthpiece during the contest. Next for Bakhtov is a tough defense of his PABA title against rapidly rising German contender Steffen Kretschmann (13-0, 12 KOs) on June 26 in Germany. He better be more prepared for the upcoming match-up.
In the most competitive and crowd-pleasing fight of the evening, rising lightweight prospect Roman Andreev (5-0, 4 KOs) was forced to take a distance for the first time in his short career winning a hard-fought unanimous decision against Rustam Shidginov (0-3) over six rounds. Bantamweight Alexey Makhnenko (3-0, 3 KOs) was pronounced a TKO winner when his opponent Ravil Muhamadiarov (7-28, 6 KOs) was stopped after a terrible cut over his forehead in the fourth round. After seven years off the ring, middleweight Robert Dasoyan (13-7-4, 5 KOs), who lost to Kelly Pavlik in his last fight, easily stopped professional loser Patrice Chikokolo (2-28) in the third round. Coming back after a year and a half in retirement welterweight Alexander Filichkin (7-0, 2 KOs) proved to be too much for Uzbek Bobir Normatov (0-2-1) stopping him in the fifth round. Finally, Andrey Klimov (2-0, 1 KO) was declared a winner after his opponent Jahongir Rakhimov (0-1) retired in the fourth round.
Lots of renowned persons in Russian boxing community have visited this event and it has also been highlighted with political beau monde of the capital.