By Alexey Sukachev
In a battle of giants, big (6’7’’) Polish heavyweight Mariusz Wach extended his perfect record to 21-0 with 9 KOs after the seventh-round technical knockout over even more robust (7’1’’) American Julius Long (15-12, 13 KOs) this Friday night at MOSiR Hall in Jaroslaw, Poland. Long hit the deck in the third round and was totally outgunned, trailing 53-60 (twice) and 52-60 before the fight was mercifully stopped by the referee at 2:17 of the round seven. In a stunner, aging Finnish journeyman “Ironman” Kai Kauramaki (15-15, 9 KOs) scored the victory of the lifetime when his opponent Mariusz Cendrowski (17-2-1, 7 KOs) was forced to retire early in round eight (at 0:17) claiming an elbow injury.
Cendrowski was a better man in the first half of the contest but, nevertheless, Kauramaki fought back well and also had his moments due to the continuous pressure on his behalf. In the second half of the fight the “Ironman” did even better and managed to cut down Cendrowski’s points lead. He was, however, behind on the scorecards (65-69, 66-68 and 67-67) at the time of stoppage. With the win, Kauramaki captured the vacant Baltic Boxing Union middleweight title.
Also, Poland-based Ukrainian super middleweight Roman Shkarupa moved up to 20-1-2 with 7 KOs after the unanimous decision over Russian Vasily Andriyanov (7-19, 1 KO): 80-73, 79-74, and 80-72. Georgian light middleweight Tariel Zandukeli (9-0-2, 2 KOs) scored the points victory over Slovakian Pavol Garaj (5-7-1, 1 KO): 60-55 (twice) and 60-54.
This show was promoted by Andrzej Gmitruk’s O’Cikara Gmitruk Team. Gmitruk is better known as the head coach for IBF cruiserweight champion Tomasz Adamek.