Agrba : Olympic champion Albert Batyrgaziev defeated Venezuelan puncher Franklin Manzanilla, Muslim Gadzhimagomedov successfully debuted in the professional ring, Maxim Vlasov turned out to be stronger than the Dominican Felix Valera, and Khariton Agrba put Peter Petrov on hold. “MK-Sport” tells about a boxing evening, which took place in the Moscow USK “Krylya Sovetov”.
Probably, it would be an exaggeration to name the line-up of this evening as powerful, but all four fights of the main card aroused some interest. Khariton Agrba, in his seventh fight in the professional ring, received as a rival the incredibly experienced Peter Petrov , a Russian living in Spain, who claimed the world title three times. But in lightweight, and not in welterweight, which is Khariton.about:blank
The meeting was designed for ten rounds, but the judges did not have to count the points. The 26-year-old Agrba seized the advantage from the first minutes, and 38-year-old Petrov simply did not keep up with the young opponent, although it was obvious that Peter came out to box, and not to serve out the number. He was not afraid to meet his opponent with counterattacks and press him to the ring. But the difference in striking power played a decisive role. At the end of the third round, Agrba struck a precise left side to the jaw and Petrov fell to the canvas. The veteran, who was nicknamed “Tsar” in Spain, climbed very hard, so the referee decided to stop the meeting.
The next entry into the ring was the world amateur champion and Olympic silver medalist Muslim Gadzhimagomedov and 33-year-old Colombian Deibis Berrocal . The rival of the 24-year-old Russian was distinguished by a protruding belly. Considering that the boxing evening took place on Catholic Christmas, an analogy of the appearance of the South American with Santa Claus suggested itself.
Even at the weigh-in procedure, the impression was given that Berrocal came to Russia with a gift for his favorite in the form of an easy victory. The assumption was confirmed the next day. “Dry” and squeezed Gadzhimagomedov did not postpone with a knockout in his debut match. In the second round, he sent his opponent to the ring floor three times, and after the third knockdown, six seconds before the end of the round, the Colombian decided not to continue the meeting.
It’s time for the main events of the evening. Former contender for the world light heavyweight title Maxim Vlasov came out to “close” the controversial defeat to Joe Smith . The Samara boxer got an unpleasant “spoiler guard” Felix Valera as a rival . In his best years, any opponent had to reckon with the Dominican. Valera skillfully blocked the ropes, knocked down the opponent’s attacks with his sharp lunges and five years ago he caused a lot of problems to the rising star of boxing Dmitry Bivol .
But the meeting with Vlasov turned into a real nightmare for the Dominican “Mongoose”. The Russian did not invest in strikes, combined with lowered hands, confused by the frequent change in distance and pace of the battle. Maxim knocked down his opponent in the second round and twice in the fourth. In the ninth round, the Dominican was deducted from a point for repeated blows below the belt. By the way, it was Felix’s forbidden strikes that caused him to be disqualified and defeated by Vyacheslav Shabransky. That evening, there was also plenty of dirt from him, to which the Russian after the battle simply remarked: “Well, that’s how he was taught.”
No dastardly tricks helped Valera. Vlasov dominated the opponent, and after the fight expressed his readiness to meet with Bivol if Dmitry fails to agree on a unification fight next year.
By the way, a few seconds before the final bell, Valera began to celebrate. Completed the minimum task – lasted the entire distance. The bill was not announced. But, by all accounts, the Dominican didn’t take a single round.
The boxing evening ended with a fight between Olympic champion Albert Batyrgaziev . His rival was the Venezuelan Franklin Manzanilla . For this fight, the hall was full, and among the guests of honor were former world champions Denis Lebedev and Grigory Drozd , as well as the head coach of the Russian national boxing team Viktor Farkhutdinov and world champion Mark Petrovsky .
Batyrgaziev’s rival did not meet with famous boxers in his career, but won 19 out of 20 victories by knockouts, so no one expected Albert to take an easy walk.
However, Manzanilla did not succeed in giving out a competitive battle with the Russian. From the first round, Albert showed superiority in speed and technical skill, worked as the first number and did not allow his opponent to keep a comfortable pace. In the third round, Manzanilla fell to the floor twice under the pressure of the Olympian. There were no knockdowns, but this was a consequence of the fact that the Venezuelan did not succeed in absolutely nothing. By the fourth round, Albert’s superiority had become overwhelming, and after his next effective attack, the fight was stopped.
Batyrgaziev, like Gadzhimagomedov, after the fight, announced that they plan to combine performances in the professional and amateur rings before the Olympics in Paris, and in three years to go to the title fight, but for now, both boxers are planning a European champion, which will be held early next year.
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