Just a few short hours ago fans in Krasnodar, Russia got the chance to see some of the top young talents in action. In the vast majority of these bouts it was talented Russians in action though we'll admit it wasn't just the Russian fighters that we were interested in.
The main event saw the unbeaten, and fast rising, Aik Shakhnazaryan (12-0, 5) score his best victory to date as he dominated the tough Felix Lora (18-11-5, 9). Lora, who is usually a great test for a prospect was widely beaten and dropped twice late in the bout as Shakhnazaryan scored a second successive notable victory. This victory comes just a month after the unbeaten Russian stopped Alisher Rahimov who himself was once very highly regarded.
In the other 12 rounder on the show David Avanesyan (17-1-1, 9) managed to take a dominant decision over South Africa's Kaizer Mabuza (25-11-3, 15). Mabuza, a former IBF title challenger, was once a highly ranked challenger though this was his 5th loss in just 7 bouts and we're not expecting him to be rolled out as a "name" opponent for other up and comers. As for Avanesyan this was his 5th straight win and extend his unbeaten run to 17 fights.
The sole 8 rounder on the show saw the once beaten Felix Amoev (8-1, 4) take a decision over journeyman opponent Volodymyr Borovskyy (21-57-2, 10). Amoev scored a knock down though couldn't finish off Borovskyy.
Cruiserweight prospect Ruslan Faifer (3-0, 1) also managed to extend his winning run as he over-came Ibragim Khalilov (4-2-2, 2).
For us the most interesting bout was that of Uzbek Olympian Uktamjon Rahmonov (3-0, 1) who scored the only stoppage on the show as he beat Gegam Mkrtchyan (2-2) who was forced to retire at the end of round 3. We've got to admit we have high hopes for Rahmonov who reached the quarter finals of the 2012 Olympics before losing to eventual gold medal winner Roniel Iglesias.
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