The Russian invasion of the cruiserweight division continued on Friday night at the Luzhniki arena in Moscow. All three Russian cruiser weights, Grigory Drozd, Rakhim Chakhkiev and Dmitri Kudryashov who fought on the under-card of Povetkin/Perez stopped their opponents and established Russian as the official language of the division. Oleksandr Usyk of the Ukraine must be mentioned as a potential game-changer in the division and he speaks fluent Russian as well. Marco Huck (Muamer Hukic) has studied Russian at school in his native Serbia as a boy but it will hardly help him come to terms with the advancing troops. Huck had an extremely hard time with Dennis Lebedev and the new guard seems tougher. Continue reading
Weigh-In Results from Moscow:
– Alexander Povetkin 105.1 kg vs Mike Perez 109.1 kg
– Grigory Drozd 90.6 kg vs Lukasz Janik 90.7 kg
– Rakhim Chakhkiev 90.4 kg vs Junior Anthony Wright 89.8 kg
– Dmitri Kudryashov 90.7 kg vs Vikapita Meroro 90.8 kg
– Svetlana Kulakov 64.1 kg vs Marie Riderer 62.8 kg
– Dmitry Bivol 80.7 kg vs Joe Vegas of 81.5 kg
– Ramzan Baysarov 71.5 kg – Andrei Polyakov 69.4 kg
– Manuel Charr , 114.6 kg vs Alex Leapai 114.6 kg Continue reading
Photo: vsenabox.ru – The titanic heavyweight clash between big-hitters Alexander Povetkin and Mike Perez to see who will be next up for a shot at Deontay Wilder’s WBC title will be screened live and exclusive on BoxNation on May 22.
The pair meet at Luzhniki Arena in Moscow as they compete in a final eliminator for a chance to fight for the illustrious WBC green belt which was captured by the flashy and charismatic Wilder earlier this year when he overcame the brave Bermane Stiverne.
Povetkin and Perez, rated number one and two respectively by the WBC, are two of the very best heavyweights around and share only a single defeat each on their records, with 35-year-old Povetkin’s coming against the legendary Wladimir Klitschko two years ago. Continue reading
They have arrived with a bang. A knock out bang that is resonating through the cruiser weight division so loudly the heavyweights can hear it. They keep coming on a regular basis – Gigory Drozd, Dennis Lebedev, Rakhim Chakhkiev, Dmitry Kudryashov, Murat Gassiev are the first echelon that has deployed at the pro ranks and there are several other names crawling up through the ratings. All except Drozd are the product of the Russian amateur boxing program which continues to produce an industrial number of fighting machines with hardcore skills and solid conditioning. They are very well educated outside the ring as well and some have a college degree completed as they came along in the amateur ranks. Even the less decorated amateurs have fighting experience within the Russian internal tournaments that easily exceeds that of many international standouts form other countries. Russian boxers say it is easier to win the European title than to become a Russian national champion. If you ask Sergey Kovalev, keeping your spot in the national amateur team is harder than making it big in the pro ranks. Continue reading
In an outstanding cruiserweight war, Number 1 Ranked Contender YOURI “El Toro” KALENGA was in the biggest fight of his life on Friday night in Moscow, Russia, challenging World Boxing Association (‘WBA’) Champion DENIS LEBEDEV.
With each warrior being dropped once during the 12-round battle, judges’ scores were 115-112 twice and 116-111 for Lebedev.
“I tip my hat to Lebedev, he’s a great fighter and perhaps I’ll get another chance to face him. He’s without question the toughest fighter I’ve faced but I thought I clearly won the fight,” said the disappointed Kalenga. Continue reading
At the third day of 51st WBC Convention in Bangkok, Thailand, the WBC announced that WBC Cruiserweight Champion Krzysztof “Diablo” Wlodarczyk’s dramatic come-from-behind victory over Rakhim Chakhkiev, last June at the Dynamo Palace of Sports in Krylatskoye, Moscow, Russia, has been nominated for Fight of the Year” and “Dramatic Fight of the Year”.
Making the fifth defense of his title, Wlodarczyk came off the canvas to drop Chakhkiev, a gold medalist 2008 Beijing Olympics, in round six, seven and eight, before finally gaining the stoppage in round eight. The fight was a sensational back-and-forth war, which teetered on the brink of victory for both men at different times. Continue reading
Russian Rakhim Chakhkiev (16-1, 12 KO’s) used the wrong strategy tonight against WBC cruiserweight champion Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (48-2-1, 34 KO’s) and it cost him the fight by getting stopped in the 8th round at the Dynamo Palace of Sports in Moscow, Russia. Chakhkiev fought at a fast pace, too fast obviously, and by the 8th round he was fighting on fumes.
Wlodarczyk then knocked Chakhkiev twice in the 8th to get a stoppage with referee Daniel Van de Wiele stepping in to halt the bout. Wlodarczyk also knocked Chakhkiev down in the 7th with a hard left hook.
Earlier in the fight, Chakhkiev knocked Wlodarczyk down in the 3rd. He punished the champion in the first three rounds with hard body shots and a fast pace that made it tough on the Wlodarczyk. Chakhkiev found a lot of success fighting on the inside where Wlodarczyk was less skilled. Continue reading
WBC cruiserweight champion Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (47-2-1, 33 KO’s) will be defending his title for the fifth against former 2008 Olympic heavyweight gold medalist from Russia Rakhim Chakhkiev (16-0, 12 KO’s) on June 22nd in Moscow, Russia. This is going to be a tough fight for the 31-year-old Wlodarczyk because the 30-year-old Chakhkiev is a tough inside fighter with excellent power. He’s a much different type of fighter than the guys that Wlodarczyk has been fighting recently.
Chakhkiev, #2 WBC,#5 IBF, #9 WBA, #WBO, is taking a step up in class with this fight. Up until now, Chakhkiev’s best opponents have been Zack Page, Alexander Kotlobay, Michael Simms, Epifanio Mendoza and Andres Taylor. None of them have been even remotely competitive with Chakhkiev. He was too powerful and skilled for those guys and the fights pretty much turned out to be all mismatches.
Wlodarczyk’s best wins have come against Danny Green, Francisco Palacios, Giacobbe Fragomeni and Steven Cunningham. Wlodarczyk’s wins over Palacios have been controversial with a lot of boxing fans feeling that Polacios should have won both of them. Both of the fights have taken place in Wlodarczyk’s home country of Poland, and he’s pretty hard to beat when he’s fighting at home. Continue reading
Wladimir Klitschko: 112.0 kilograms vs Mariusz Wach: 113.8 kilograms
Rakhim Chakhkiev: 91,0 kg vs Andres Taylor: 91,0 kg
The two giants will face off tomorrow at sold out o2 World Hamburg, Germany. The fight will be shown live on RTL in Germany. EPIX will show the fight in the US at 4:30 p.m. ET / 1:30 p.m. PT.
WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO looks set to destroy Poland’s Mariusz Wach when the pair go head-to-head in the ring on Saturday night, according to betting on Betfair. Odds of 1-10 suggest that the giant Ukrainian will successfully retain his heavyweight titles at the O2 Arena in Hamburg, Germany.
Punters give Klitschko’s relatively unknown opponent little chance of causing an upset. Despite boasting an unbeaten record, the 32-year-old Pole is a 10-1 chance for victory and is considered as little more than cannon fodder for his established opponent.
Klitschko is a 1-4 shot to take the bout by knockout, while he can be backed at 11-2 to win the fight by judges’ decision. Wach on the other hand is a 15-1 long shot to triumph by KO, while he is out at 29-1 to win the bout by judges’ decision. Continue reading
On undercard of the championship fight between Wladimir Klitschko and his challenger Mariusz Wach this Saturday night in Hamburg, Germany, former 2008 Olympic heavyweight gold medalist Rakhim “The Machine” is Chakhkiev (15-0, 12 KO’s) will return to the ring. He faces the #15 WBA cruiserweight contender Andres Taylor (21-2-2, 8 KO’s) in a scheduled 10 round bout at the O2 World Arena. Continue reading