By Alexey Sukachev and Andrey Bazdrev (ringside)
Former welterweight contender-turned-promoter, Sergey Stepkin of Union Boxing Management, and his partner Alexander Kolesnikov arranged a fiery local show, advertised as the “Courage Cup”, at Yunost sports arena in Klimovsk, just several kilometers south to Moscow. In the main event of the evening, reigning BBU welterweight champion Roman Seliverstov (10-8, 2 KOs) added a vacant IBO Intercontinental title to his previously owned regalia, outpointing the Sweden-based Ugandan Peter Semo (19-5, 14 KOs) over twelve hard-fought rounds of action.
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Both fighters delivered their best performances to produce a nice two-way action, which excited the partisan crowd. Seliverstov, working at his usual range, used left-right combos and added uppercuts on occasion, while Semo did his best to rock the local hero with some wild punches in return but, unfortunately for him, to no success. Seliverstov started to use hard body-punching in the midst of the fight and forced his opponent to cover up more in later rounds, than to seek his chance in attack. After twelve rounds, all three judges gave their votes for the Russian fighter. Despite his poor record, Seliverstov, who has a one-sided victory over former world title challenger Michel Trabant to his resume, is a world-class fighter, which can give problems to any opponent possible.
In the most exciting fight of the show, welterweight Andrey Klimov (4-0, 1 KO) scored a fan-friendly six-round unanimous decision over David Avanesyan in a give-and-take performance, which brought him the “Courage Cup” as the most courageous pugilist of the night.
Marat Khuzeev (18-4-1, 7 KOs) TKO 2 Patricio Chikokolo (2-29)
Alexey Makhnenko (5-0, 4 KOs) UD 6 Nosirjon Rozimatov (4-3)
Roman Andreev (6-0, 5 KOs) TKO 2 Bairam Mukhamedov (2-1)
Arman Ovsepyan (5-1, 4 KOs) TKO 4 Sergey Bazenkov (1-5-1)
Rustam Shidginov (1-3) SD 4 Fedor Mushtranov (1-1)
Safo Boboradzhabov (1-10, 1 KO) TKO 1 Dmitry Gavrilov (0-3)