BoxNation subscribers were treated to a sensational Wednesday afternoon of World Championship boxing from Kazan, Russia.
It was a seven bout bill that had it all. Multiple knockdowns, Punch of the Month contenders, seven stoppages, World Titles changing hands, triumphant underdogs and more!
The blockbuster bill was topped by the resurgent Alexander Povetkin, who earnt a last round stoppage victory over Mariusz Wach.
Povetkin has looked in terrific shape in his last four outings and was well ahead on the judge’s scorecards at the time the doctor stepped in, with Wach’s cut deemed unsafe to continue.
Denis Lebedev retained his WBA World Cruiserweight Title with a professional display, picking up an eighth round stoppage over Lateef Kayode.
Kayode was broken down in the second half of the fight by the slick champion and was dropped in the seventh and again prior to the conclusion of the fight.
Londoner Ola Afolabi produced a sensational huge knockout to derail Rakhim Chakhkiev’s World Title hopes.
Afolabi, who was struggling in the early rounds, rode Chakhiev’s early wave of attacks and capitalised on the tiring Russian, who loaded up to earn victory in the fifth.
The first of the big upsets saw Dmitry Kudrashov’s unbeaten record come crushing to a halt when Olanrewaju Durodola wiped out the Russian in round two.
Durodola was hurt badly in the second but produced a dramatic turn around to shock the Cruiserweight division with the early KO in the ding, dong dustup.
Cesar Rene Cuenca’s sensational 48-0 streak came to an end after a stumble with challenger Eduard Troyanovsky left the Champion unable to continue in the sixth round citing a strange injury. Cuenca’s team were visibly displeased after the fight.
Troyanovsky picked up the IBF World Light-Welterweight Title with Cuenca failing to join Mayweather and Marciano on 49-0.
Dmitry Bivol kept up his 100% record moving to 5-0 with a big fourth round knockout over late replacement, Junior Jackson.
Jackson, who got off the canvas in the third, was wiped out by the exciting Bivol, who collected the vacant WBA Intercontinental Light-Heavyweight Title in the process.
In the opening bout, Vishkan Murzabekov defeated Solomon Bogere with a sickening third round knockout after being floored three times previously.
The ‘Russian Tyson’ kicked off the show in style, setting the tone for the event to be a card of the year contender.
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