By Alexey Sukachev and Dmitry Mikhalchuk
Vyacheslav Uzelkov (22-0, 14 KOs) proved both his superior power and technical assets over Czech Tomas Adamek (14-2-1, 6 KOs) with a dominant fifth round TKO yesterday at Palace of Sports on Kiev, Ukraine. The WBA light heavyweight mandatory started the bout aggressively by flooring his foe with a powerful combo, punctuated with a hard left hook to the jaw. Adamek survived the round and showed some grit and toughness in the second, standing his ground against local aggressor. The third stanza proved to be the key one as Uzelkov found a room for his right cross and landed it times and again over the course of the round. The end came in round five, when the WBA #3, WBO #4 and WBC/IBF #14 175lber decked his opponent with a picture-perfect left-left-right combo. Adamek got up but was immediately overwhelmed with a series of body punches, forcing referee to step in at 2:55 to register a technical knockout for Uzelkov, who has also retained his WBA I/C title in process. Next for the Ukrainian should be a winner of Gabriel Campillo vs. Beibut Shumenov rematch.
WBO #14 middleweight Maxim Bursak moved up to 19-0-1 with 7 KOs after a convincing victory over Belarus veteran Sergey Khomitsky (21-5-1, 8 KOs). Bursak spent the vast majority of the fight time working at the mid range and scoring with multiple combinations to the head and body. Khomitsky had some success in the midst of the bout but its end was all Bursak’s once again, which has resulted in dominant scoring: 99-91 (twice) and 100-92 – all in favor of local hero.
WBA #11 Alexander Ustinov (18-0, 15 KOs), representing the pride of Russia, Belarus and Ukraine at the same time, experienced little problems with Ukrainian Andrey Kindrich (3-8). After the reluctant first round, Ustinov floored his foe three times in round two with hooks to the liver. Kindrich was allowed to start the third stanza but, as soon as he was wobbled again, the action was halted for good on what seemed to be an early stoppage though.
WBA #13 welterweight Victor Plotnikov (23-1, 11 KOs) destroyed Georgian David Tlashadze (4-9, 1 KO) in round two, while WBO #8 147lber Valery Brazhnik (22-0-1, 15 KOs) outpointed another Georgian Gary Abajian (10-9, 1 KO) unanimously over eight. The show was arranged by K2 East Promotions.
Kostya Rovensky (13-0, 2 KOs) UD 8 Mikheil Khucishvili (12-9-2, 4 KOs)
Nikolay Israelian (4-0, 3 KOs) KO 2 Andrey Gursky (0-1)
Artem Ayvazidi (8-0, 3 KOs) TKO 4 Oleg Tolochko (1-5)
Alaudin Murtazaliev (9-2-1, 6 KOs) TKO ? Andrey Monakhov (1-9, 1 KO)