In this sport we get mismatches, regularly. Sometimes they happen early in a fighters career as they are finding their place in the sport and developing their skills, these mismatches are excused by various parties for a multitude of reasons, such as being a "learning fight" or "allowing a fighter to adapt to the professional style". At the world level however we shouldn't be accepting mismatches for world titles, no matter who he fighters involved are.
Sadly on Saturday we got a horrible mismatch in the political mind field of Crimea, an area that is claimed by both the Ukrainians and the Russians.
Whilst the area is a hot political topic and one that neither side seem likely to back down from any time soon, the fight in the ring was the complete opposite, it was a walk over victory for the heavy handed Russian Dmitry Chudinov (14-0-2, 9) who battered, beat up and broke down the thoroughly out-classed and out manned Mehdi Bouadla (30-6, 11) to retain his WBA interim Middleweight title.
Bouadla, who had taken Gennady Golovkin the 8 round distance way back in 2007, was really just taken to the grinder here and was yo-yo'ed off the canvas as Chudinov did as he pleased. That saw Bouadla dropped in the opening round, then twice round 2 and 3 before the referee put the poor Frenchman out of his misery and stopped the bout. A blessing for Bouadla who looked certain to go home as a broken man if this was allowed to continue.
For Chudinov more is now expected of him than bouts like this. Rather than seeing him face has beens we want him to face real opponents be they fellow champions, like Golovkin or Miguel Cotto, or just top contenders like Daniel Geale, Felix Sturm, Matthew Macklin or David Lemieux. Sadly however if he's going to continue to fight in political zones then we're unlikely to see Chudinov in any sort of real fight, despite his backer being incredibly well off and able to pay huge sums for opponents.
Russian boxing might not have many stars right now but it's numbers got added to earlier today when Dmitry Chudinov (13-0-2, 8) put on the best performance of his career so far and battered the previously unbeaten Patrick Nielsen (22-1, 11) in a WBA "interim" Middleweight title fight.
Chudinov, an unbeaten power puncher backed by Wladimir Hrunov and the infamous "Night Wolves" biker group looked genuinely sensational as he bullied Nielsen with his physical strength and from round 6 onwards always 1-way traffic with Nielsen getting progressively more tired round after round.
Nielsen, who took numerous looping left hooks, did his best in the later rounds to fight back but his shots, at best, were arm punches and he depended and awful lot on his long arms to keep himself safe y holding on and tying up the aggressive and popular Russian fighter who, although not technically great, seemed to just have too much of everything for Nielsen who really tired badly.
By the time we got to the final bell there was no real tension with Chudinov having controlled large chunks of the bout to take a well earned decision with scores of 115-113, 116-112 and 117-111. Although the first card, a 7-5 card in terms of rounds, made the bout look closer there was only one winner here.
With the WBA interim title around his waist Chudinov is, theoretically, now in line for a bout with Kazakh destroyer Gennady Golovkin. Of course we know boxing nothing goes as we expect on the political side of things and instead of getting Golovkin/Chudinov we're expecting to see Chudinov making numerous defences of his belt in Russia whilst Golovkin continues to hunt big fights with opponents in the US and Monaco.
It's probably a good thing for Chiudinov that a bout with Golovkin is unlikely though we know many won't be giving the Russian much credit until he beats a real "name" at the weight. Whilst he looked great here it seems unlikely he'll be ready to beat a "name" any time soon and he, like Ukrainian Stanyslav Kashtanov, will fail to get any real acknowledgement from the boxing public until he does beat someone they know.
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