By Alexey Sukachev
Big boxing is back in Saint Petersburg on Sep. 25, when Jab Promotion will stage its next show at the Atmosphere Night Club. The main event will see a recent signee, Dmitry Sukhtosky (13-0, 8 KOs) in an important light heavyweight twelve-rounder against Spaniard Juan Nelongo (20-8-1, 9 KOs) for a vacant WBO European title. Despite having just thirteen fights to his resume, Sukhotsky, 28, once held a variety of minor belts, including Russian national title, WBC CISBB, TWBA and WBL titles – all as a super middleweight. His most sound victory is a majority decision over ex-ranked Georgian David Gogiya in January 2008. On the other hand, Juan Nelongo, eleven years his older, is no bum himself, having fought the who’s who of the neighboring weight classes, including former and reigning world champions Zsolt Erdei, Gabriel Campillo, Jean-Marc Mormeck and Clinton Woods. He also held the WBA I/C title in late 90’s and early 2000’s.
In the main support bout of the evening, former world title challenger Ali Ismailov (15-2-1, 11 KOs) will take on Hungarian journeyman Zoltan Beres (39-42-2, 13 KOs) in an off-weight eight-rounder. WBO #15 cruiserweight Ismailov is coming off a controversial split decision loss to then-reigning WBO title-ist Victor Emilio Ramirez in May.
Alexander Kotlobay (14-1-1, 9 KOs) collides with Bulgarian nation champion Yavor Marinchev (5-14, 3 KOs) in another cruiserweight clash, scheduled for eight rounds. Heavyweight Maxim Maslov (9-0, 7 KOs) will tune-up against German Werner Kreiskott (6-13-1, 4 KOs) also over eight. In a final eight-rounder, rapidly rising Tajik ex-amateur standout Sherali “Lion” Mamadaliev (6-0, 3 KOs) takes on Uzbek prospect Abdulaziz Matazimov (9-2, 3 KOs). Finally, Kazbek Shebzukhov (2-0, 1 KO) will test his skills against local trialhorse Ravil Mukhamadiarov (7-31, 6 KOs).