By Alexey Sukachev
Rising heavyweight star Alexander Ustinov (14-0, 12 KOs) of Belarus seized a vacant EBA title with a convincing fifth-round TKO over Ukrainian Maxim Pedyura (11-1, 10 KOs) moments ago at Sports Palace in Kiev, Ukraine. Ustinov was surprisingly quick for a man of his colossal stature, using his jab to control defensive-minded Pedyura and overhand right to regularly rock him. However, the Ukrainian fighter used his skills to avoid an early knockout. The bout was stopped in round five after Pedyura’s nose started to bleed strenuously.
Middleweight Maxim Bursak (17-0-1, 6 KOs) scored a workmanlike unanimous decision over ten rounds, keeping his Georgian foe Levan Shonia (13-4, 9 KOs) at bay throughout a whole contest.
Also, in a minor upset highly regarded welterweight prospect Valery Brazhnik (20-0-1, 13 KOs) was taken into deep waters by unheralded Georgian Alexander Benidze (10-9-2, 5 KOs) and barely retained a draw after a tenth-round desperate surge. Brazhnik was notably booed by the crowd.