By Alexey Sukachev and Andrey Bazdrev
Rising prospect Dmitry Sukhotsky (14-0, 9 KOs), now competing at 175 lbs, looked like a crushing machine yesterday night at Atmosphere night club in St. Petersburg, Russia, and did a brilliant work to extend his series of stoppages with the eighth round TKO over Spaniard Juan Nelongo and to acquire the vacant WBO European light heavyweight title. This is the fifth recognizable belt, captured by 28-year-old Barnaul native, following the national, TWBA, WBL and WBC CISBB titles, all in super middleweight division.
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Sukhotsky started to press his older opponent from the opening bell and continued throughout the whole fight, going to the close quarters behind his solid jab. Nelongo, 39, used his vast experience to stay in the fight but each round was coming more and more difficult for him. In the fourth and in the fifth stanzas Sukhotsky was close to finish the Spaniard off but the guest fighter managed to weather the storm. However, the bout soon became a one-sided Dmitry’s onslaught, which was wisely stopped by referee Nikolay Puchkov in round eight despite the fact that Nelongo (now 21-9-1, 9 KOs) had never been down.
“Dmitry looked good tonight in spite of a slight illness before this bout,” said matchmaker and former EBU bantamweight champion Alexander Yagupov. “He failed to deliver a finishing blow but he was solid in other departments. We hope to make him a couple of defenses before stepping up and challenging for the world title”.
Recent world title challenger Ali Ismailov, 35, moved to (16-2-1, 12 KOs); following a quick blowout of 1992 Barcelona bronze medalist-turned-journeyman Zoltan Beres (39-43-3, 13 KOs) from Hungary. Ismailov, who is expected to be re-installed in future WBO ranks, took his time to feel Beres out and then started a chilling beating of his mismatched opponent. Beres was able to survive the first round but was dropped with a single left hook over his block in the midst of the second. He barely beat the count and the follow-up by the grizzled Azerbaijani veteran has the job done.
Alexander Kotlobay (15-1-1, 9 KOs), who took Ismailov to a draw in 2005, is another fighter, who is aiming in breakthrough the ranks. Kotlobay, 29, decisioned experienced Bulgarian journeyman Yavor Marinchev (5-15-1, 3 KOs) unanimously over eight. Marinchev made it hard for Kotlobay to connect on a frequent base, using all of his neglecting and elusive assets to spoil Alexander’s way of boxing, and finally succeeded in his pre-fight task to survive till the final bell.
Heavyweight Maxim Maslov (9-0-1, 7 KOs) suffered the first blemish of his career with a six-round draw against tough-as-nails Humberto Evora (3-7-1, 2 KOs) of Portugal. Shorter Evora had a significant reach advantage, which allowed him to connect often while standing on the defensive. Maslov, on the other hand, took his time to press his foe with a wise aggression. None of the fighters was the better than the other, which has rightfully reflected on the scorecards.
Tajik former Olympian Sherali “Lion” Mamadaliev (7-0, 3 KOs) avenged his amateur loss to Uzbek Abdulaziz Matazimov (9-3, 3 KOs) with a dominant eight-round decision. Pro-oriented Mamamdaliev was a better equipped guy for the paid ranks. He floored the Uzbek in round two and twice in the eighth round but failed to stop him before the time was up.
Highly touted Russian junior welterweight prospect Denis Shafikov (21-0, 12 KOs) was previously scheduled to face former two-time world champion Sirimongkol Singwangcha but ended taking on Belarussian no-hoper Alexey Volchan (17-9-2, 10 KOs). The obvious mismatch was quick and brutal as Shafikov dropped his opponent three times in two rounds before the stoppage. Denis is scheduled to come back to the ring later this year.
The whole show was promoted by Jab Promotions and a number of renowned guests, including former IBF champion Dmitry Kirillow, was in attendance.
Ali Ganibaev (5-0, 3 KOs) TKO 2 Andrey Tylilyuk (2-44-3, 1 KO)
Igor Conobeev (2-0) UD 4 Dmitry Protkunas (10-31-2, 1 KO)