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.
World Title Results
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