WSB: Ukraine dispatch of USA in style (4-1); Kazakhstan dominant in victory over Italia (3-2)
Lausanne, Switzerland, 14 December 2012 – It was a spectacular show at the ‘Terminal’ as an inspired Ukraine Otamans recorded their first victory of the season with a classy defeat of USA Knockouts in this Group B encounter. Gogolyev, Matviychuk, Golub and Vykhrest were the stars on the night with two TKO wins between the four.
The 23-year-old Ukraine orthodox fighter Gogolyev began well in the first contest of the evening against uncompromising Mexican Bantamweight (50-54kg) Braulio Avila Juarez, using his jab well to take the first. Avila Juarez, in his third season in WSB, used his knowledge to draw his rival in to box at close quarters to claim the second. Gogolyev showed his mettle and from then on used his range to good effect and his good tactical plan worked as he took the victory after dominating the latter stages.
Matviychuk of Ukraine then also made his competitive bow on the night with the Otamans Lightweight (57-61kg) orthodox battling 2008 Olympic silver medallist Daouda Sow. The French southpaw, with a 12-0 record in the pro ranks, could not get to grips with the aggressive Ukrainian who was roughing him up throughout the five rounds. Matviychuk was unrelenting, never giving any time for his opponent to settle into any rhythm as he claimed a huge scalp on his WSB debut.
It was the battle of the southpaws in the Middleweight (67-73kg) bout with Golub versus American 23-year-old Jeffrey Camp. The home boxer went all-out in round one, throwing an unbelievable amount of shots with his hooks connecting well. Golub’s imposing frame had Camp on the back foot in rounds one and two. The Ukrainian continued to pick apart his rival with hits to both the head and the body of his rival. The pressure told with the punishment being dished out again in the third with Camp taking a standing eight count after being on the receiving end of a huge left hook. The American was in damage limitation mode but resistance was futile as Golub took victory in the fifth by TKO. No one will want to face the Ukrainian after that performance.
The Light Heavyweight (80-85kg) showdown between Denys Solonenko and the Knockouts’ 27-year-old Bosnian Dzemal Bosnjak was a real close fight between two boxers eager to impress. Bosnjak was throwing a lot of big uppercuts in this one and his uncompromising style had his rival in trouble in the final two rounds as he claimed a hard-fought victory to reduce the deficit for the USA Knockouts.
The final contest of the night had tall Viktor Vykhrest of Ukraine locking horns with 21-year-old Irish Sean Turner at Heavyweight (91+kg). The height and reach of the home boxer gave him the edge in round one but the tough Irishman was boxing well, pushing his rival towards the ropes peppering him with some good hits to take the second. The two slugged it out in rounds three and four and the Ukrainian had just enough about him to claim those rounds. Vykhrest kept up the pressure and his power was too much as he took the victory in round five by TKO.
Ukraine host British Lionhearts at the ‘Terminal’ next whilst USA are in Italy to face the Dolce & Gabbana Italia Thunder at the Mediolanum Forum on Saturday 12 December.
Kazakhstan dominant in victory over Italia (3-2)
After clinically dispatching of the British Lionhearts last week, Astana Arlans Kazkhstan ensured they went into the winter-break top of Group B after defeating Dolce & Gabbana Italia Thunder at the Almaty Sports Palace. Bagdad Alimbekov, debutant Eric Donovan and Ukrainian superstar Sergiy Derevyanchenko all delivered on an important night for the hosts.
It was the Bantamweights (50-54kg) up first with Kazakhstan’s speedy southpaw Alimbekov battling Italian pro boxer Daniele Limone. The 24-year-old Kazak was bright right from the onset, using clever movement to move inside and score vital points. Alimbekov looked in great shape and was in complete control throughout the five rounds, constantly drawing the Italian in before throwing some sweet overheads and some solid combinations. There was even some showboating from the home fighter in the latter stages, to the delight of the home crowd. In the end, it was a real masterclass by the Kazak fighter, who earned himself a resounding victory.
Keen to make an impression for his new team, 27-year-old Irishman Donovan came flying out of the blocks in the Lightweight (57-61kg) contest against the Thunder’s Branimir Stankovic. Kazakhstan’s latest recruit looked to stamp his authority on the Serbian early, using the jab to good effect before throwing a good variation of punches to keep the pressure on his opponent. Stankovic began to connect more to claw his way into the fight but the Kazakhstan southpaw was standing strong and after a final flourish, Donovan took the final round to ensure his team went 2-0 up on the night.
Kazakhstan’s Middleweight (68-73kg) king Derevyanchenko once again showcased why he is the division’s top dog with a sublime performance against accomplished Frenchman Michel Tavares. The unbeaten Arlans orthodox fighter had to work hard to get close to his rival in the opening two rounds but managed to wear down his rival by working the body well. He then stepped up a gear in the last two rounds and showed a quality variation in his punches to overpower Tavares and claim the win, guaranteeing his team the overall victory in the match.
24-year-old Uzbek Ramzjon Ahmedov struggled to contain the crisp movement of 2011 Individual Light Heavyweight (80-85kg) Champion Abdelhafid Benchabla in the fourth bout of the evening. The lightening quick Algerian 26-year-old’s footwork was top class. Picking off his opponent to perfection, ducking and weaving to great effect and then pouncing with some great shots, Benchabla was on fire. After claiming the first four rounds, he then saw out the final stages of the bout to reduce the Italia Thunder’s deficit in the tie.
The much anticipated return to WSB of France’s talented Heavyweight (91+kg) Tony Yoka did not disappoint with the 20-year-old Italia Thunder boxer dominating Mihai Nistor from Romania with a thunderous right the highlight of the first round. The huge difference in height told as the towering Yoka contained the onrushing Kazakhstan fighter with his solid jab and good one-two combinations. The Frenchman got caught early in the fifth with a hard shot and had to take a standing eight count but did enough to win by split decision and give the Thunder a precious point for the match.
Kazahstan will see their first fixture of 2013 take place at the Kuppelsaal Congress Centrum when they travel to Germany on Saturday 12 January to face the Eagles. Italia have a home match against USA Knockouts that same night.