The Russian action came in two parts on Monday. One show took place in Krasnodar whilst the other was in Saint Petersburg.
Of the two shows it was the one in Krasnodar that drew the attention of the wider boxing public, even if that attention was mostly a morbid one due to one of the higher profile bouts on the show. It's this show that we'll start with.
The morbid curiosity saw the 44 year old former WBC Heavyweight champion Oleg Maskaev (39-7, 28) looking all of his 44 yeard he defeated Britains Danny Williams (44-19-0-1, 33). With both guys being the epitomy of "shot" this bout posed little real relevance to wider Heavyweight division though certainly posed some interest from fans who wanted to see two old men fight. Unfortunately it's likely that both men will continue despite being just one punch from ending up in a similar position to "Mago". Come on folks, hang it up whilst you still have your health!
Aside from the rather distasteful main event we had 7 other contests on the show. These included two title fights for the lightly regarded WBC Baltic belts. In the Welterweight division David Avanesyan (16-1-1, 9) claimed the Baltic title with a stoppage of Carlos Leonardo Herrera (24-6, 10) whilst in the Lightweight division Fedor Papazov (14-0, 9) defeated Sergio Javier Escobar (25-20-3, 10) via a decision. Whilst we understand regional belts we've got to admit that the fact Escobar and Herrera managed to compete for Baltic titles has genuinely left us wondering how regional titles really work.
The three bouts we've already mentioned were just half of the six bouts scheduled for 10 rounds on the show. The reamining three bouts, all non-title contests, saw Aik Shakhnazaryan (9-0, 2) out pointing Behzod Nabiev (22-6-1, 16) in a Welterweight contest, the unbeaten Sherzod Husanov (18-0-1, 8) managed to overcome Amilcar Edgardo Funes Melian (22-14, 17) via a 6th round technical decision at Middleweight whilst fringe Super Middleweight contender Maxim Vlasov (27-1, 13) dominated Artem Redko (20-1-3, 11) scoring a 6th round TKO.
In the other bouts on the card Felix Amoev (7-1, 4) defeated Sergei Melis (22-14, 8) via a clear decision. Melis was down several times though Amoev couldn't force a stoppage as the experienced Melis showed some genuine survival instincts. In the only other bout on the show Ruslan Faifer (2-0, 1) defeated Valentyn Trostyanchuk (0-8). This was rather sadly Trostyanchuk 8th straight stoppage loss.
In Saint Petersburg we had just 4 bouts. The show here began two successive third round stoppages for debutants. These saw Maxim Sirota (1-0, 1) stopping thw win-less Ruslan Akhmetzonov (0-16) and Nikolay Kuzmitski (1-0, 1) stopping the experienced Andrey Tylilyuk (2-48-3, 1).
Following the two early bouts fans then saw the unbeaten Vladimir Tikhonov (10-0, 5) stop Danny Flores (14-5-1, 8) in round 9 and Andrey Meryasev (15-0, 11) out pointed Sergio Jose Sanders (21-10-2, 12).
As well as the two Russian cards there was also a Japanese show at the Shimizu Marine Building in Shizuoka.
This show, featuring 8 contests was an easy card to over-look considering the quality of fights on it. In fact the most notable contests on the show were Yuya Miyagi (18-4-3, 7) blasting out Petch Vanchai Or Boonchuay (0-3) in round 4 and Yuki Fujimoto (7-2-1, 2) stopping Pramod Sor Vorapin (0-4) in the fight round.
From the 8 contests on the show there were actually 3 opening round stoppages. One was the Fujimoto bout mentioned above, the others were Makoto Kato (8-7, 3) taking out Thai debutant Sittikun Kitprasong (0-0) and Shogo Yamaguchi (2-0-1, 1) stopping Kazuaki Okada (2-1, 2) in just 42 seconds.
As well as the shows 4 stoppages we also had 4 bouts complete the schedule. These included Ryunosuke Yamashita (1-2) scoring his first professiona victory as he overcame Shigemi Mori (0-2-1) via unanimous decision and Koichi Nagatsuka (3-1, 1) defeating the debuting Shinichi Yokozato (0-1) also by unanimous decision.
Alongside the two unanimous decisions we also had two very close majority decisions as Shinichi Hoshino (1-1) nawworly defeated Sumeeman Shoki (0-3) and Hajime Ikeda (4-3) struggled past Hironoshin Ezaki (3-13, 1).