By Dmytro Mossienko ringside at the Kiev Sports Palace in Ukraine. WBO Welterweight Youth Champion Karen Chukhadzhian successfully defended his title on the Sparta Boxing Promotions card on Saturday.
The 20y old turk Enes Refik Ciftci (5-0, 3KO) came into the ring to win, slamming the champion from the opening seconds of round one. Ciftci showed literally no respect to the champion and landed several flash blows in the beginning of round one. It took Karen about two rounds to restore his self-control and start connecting his power punches, dodging Ciftci awkward yet effective tactics.
On advice of his corner, Chukhadzhyan landed increasingly more body punches, which along with his more efficient foot work frustrated his opponent, who missed and suffered increasingly more punishment.
By the end of round five Enes ate so much leather and was so frustrated, that he quit on his stool between the rounds five and six.
In another exciting title fight Russia’s super-welterweight Champion Aram Amirkhanyan (11-1) from Kazan won WBO super-welterweight Inter-Continental belt in a thrilling contest with Ukraine’s Super-welterweight champion hard hitting Stanyslav Skorokhod (17-1). Skorokhod as usually started the fight with great confidence, taking initiative and pressing his southpaw opponent. Yet, Amirkhanyan showed very good footwork and carefully measured the distance, so Skorokhod would once and again miss and get punished by Amirkhanian’s counter punches. Skorokhod’s attempts to mount pressure brought him only more frustration, as Amirkhanian showed very high self-discipline and his defense remained very efficient. In the second half of this 10-round fight Skorokhod had to fight with big bruise and cut under his left eye and the judge even stopped the fight to take time off to consult with the ringside physician. Yet the fight would contiunue, and although Skorokhod never stopped trying to reach Amirkhanian, he only would get more punishment in respond. Suprisingly one of the judges still would nod in favor of the local hero, while Amirkhanian won the belt in his opponent’s back yard via the split decision.
In another entertaining yet non-title fight Ukraine’s reigning WBO European featherweight champion unbeaten Oleg Malinovsky (22-0) would stop in 6 rounds his rugged and durable Colombian opponent Wallington Orobio (19-3). Southpaw Malinovsky would start the fight carefully, yet consistently mounting pressure and increasingly brining the fight to his opponent. Experienced Wallington moved swiftly and tried to keep the safe distance. Yet as Malinovsky mounted pressure, Orobio was increasingly getting caught on the ropes, going low and very low with his head. In respond Malinovsky would send flurries of light, yet accurate punches, which eventually drained Colombian opponent and he quit on his stool.
In yet another exciting clash, Ukraine’s London 2012 Olympic games silver medalist and WBO Oriental Lightweight Champion Denis Berinchik brought another exciting show in the non-title fight against Columbian Jose Luis Prieto. Berinchik arrived to the ring on the horse back, dressed in famous Cossack style. He appeared to be warm enough to start active action from round one. Changing stance and sending flurries of punches Berinchik drained his opponent who quit on his stool after six rounds of quite busy action.