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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