The second of four ‘KOLD WARS’ events took place in Minsk with main event duo GEORGI CHELOKHSAEV and AIK SHAKHNAZARYAN shining in the ring. Promoter Al Siesta predicted an all-action affair between the well-matched headliners and he was proved correct as Chelokhsaev ultimately pulled off the win.
It was underdog Shakhnazaryan who started strong, pushing Chelokhsaev (19-1-1, 12 KOs) back and landing some heavy leather, especially with the left hook. Chelokhsaev had an extended look at his foe and poked away with a left jab to the stomach. Chelokhsaev’s faster hands were the difference whenever the pair traded and the Russian was enjoying his spell in centre ring.
There were very high skill levels on display as Shakhnazaryan (23-4, 11 KOs) proceeded to push forward. Former world champion Barry Jones was impressed with the Armenian’s output but had Chelokhsaev ahead after four rounds.
Through the mid-rounds Chelokhsaev was throwing economically and despite the Russian’s heavy hands, nothing was deterring Shakhnazaryan from motoring forward. The 26-year-old favourite was possibly feeling the pace. Both men swung for the hills at the close of round six. It was truly nip and tuck as Shakhnazaryan landed some quality shots to head and body at the close of the seventh. Chelokhsaev’s nose was bleeding as he shipped an uppercut and left hook as the bell rang for the eighth.
The pair fought on even terms for the remainder of the bout and it was expected to be a close-run affair on the cards.
The judges returned their scores with a 96-95 total in favour of Shakhnazaryan, overruled by a 96-95 and 97-94 in Chelokhsaev’s favour to land him the victory in this Kold Wars main event at lightweight.
ANDREY SIROTKIN stopped tough warrior ARTEM KARPETS with a body shot in round four. Switch-hitting Sirotkin was the favourite having fought and won at a higher level. His single loss came at the fists of England’s John Ryder.
Karpets (21-15, 6 KOs) found his range early, leveraging his left-hand lever to keep Sirotkin guessing. Sirotkin’s work in the second round lacked energy and Karpets looked comfortable boxing behind his jab.
Things were going smoothly until Sirotkin upped the tempo in round four and landed a slicing left hand to the midriff that folded the Ukrainian in the corner of the ring. The referee counted him out and awarded Sirotkin (17-1, 6 KOs) the win.
Talented southpaw prospect VLADIMIR MYSHEV ticked another box on his growing slate after forcing OSCAR AMADOR to retire at the end of round six of their scheduled eight-rounder. Amador tried to close the distance in an attempt to land his clubbing blows, but Myshov’s head movement and defensive awareness was making all the difference.
Myshev’s movement in and out of range was causing the Nicaraguan to throw short time and again. Myshev (10-0, 6 KOs) was capable of punishing the visitor to head and body. Amador (10-26, 1 KO) grew increasingly frustrated as the rounds zipped by.
The Russian was picking shots effectively from both hands through the sixth round. A right hook to the head and left to the body at the end of the sixth had Amador unsettled enough to decide he wanted no further punishment going into the seventh and beyond.
“Main event is a bomb!” tweeted out show promoter Al Siesta whose keen eye for a competitive scrap has led to two solid nights of action so far.
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