When unbeaten punchers collide we either expect something where both fighters show too much respect, and end up putting on a stinker, or we get something incredibly exciting with a highlight reel ending. Today we got the latter as Fedor Chudinov (12-0, 10) scored a late contender for KO of the year and claimed the WBA “interim” Super Middleweight title in style.
Chudinov, known as “The Classic”, was fighting against PABA champion Ben McCulloch (14-1, 11) and it seemed that both men had belief in their power. Between them they entered with 20 stoppages from 25 fights.
Although both had power both began the bout by trying to establish their jabs. From early on it seemed that Chudinov had the edge in power and physical strength whilst McCulloch was the slightly faster and rangier man. The jabs of Chudinov seemed to snap back the head of McCulloch whilst McCulloch's own shots seemed unable to do the same to the Russian who looked the more durable.
Although the opening round did see a lot of jabs from both they each seemed happy to trade shots with Chudinov's right hand looking like the key punch of the round, despite the fact he was forced to take a few of McCulloch's rights in return. It was one such trading sequences that ended the opening round.
The exciting ending to the first stanza acted as the warm up to the second round which began with both men trading. Unfortunately for McCulloch a few moments of success early in the round seemed to send Chudinov in to seek and destroy mode with the Russian cutting the distance and immediately applying intense pressure. McCulloch's answer to the pressure was to try and fight fire with fire. It was a mistake from the Australian who seemed to feel the power of Chudinov's blows several times whilst being bullied. Sadly for McCulloch he had no answer to the pressure other than to fight back and this soon left him open for a right hand that seemed to rock him, moments later, as McCulloch tried to fire back, he was caught with another right hand that sent the Australian down face first with the referee quick to wave off the bout.
The KO was massive and it seemed to not just knock out McCulloch but to also leave him in a bad way and it was several minutes before he regained conciousness and eventually left the ring under his own steam, though was still glassy eyed.
For those who failed to see this one live the KO is up there with the best of the year and is well worth checking out on youtube.
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Russian born German Robert Stieglitz (45-3, 25) made the first defense of his WBO title since reclaiming the belt from Arthur Abraham in March of this year.
Stieglitz, facing the relatively unknown Japanese fighter Yuzo Kiyota (23-4-1, 21) was a big favourite though with the punching power of Kiyota there was hope that Japan would land it's first ever WBO champion and it's first Super Middleweight champion.
Sadly for both Japan and Kiyota tonight wasn't there night.
The bout started in an awfully scrappy manner with very few clean shots. What was landed seemed to be jabs by Stieglitz though almost every connect was a hold by one man or another as the action failed to catch fire.
It was obvious from the off that when the fighters were able to work it was Stieglitz who was the classier fighter showing his experience at the highest level, unfortunately however the scrappy nature of the bout prevented him from showing those skills early on.
Thankfully the middle rounds saw the fight finally come to life as both men appeared to realise they were in a boxing contest. Unfortunately for Kiyota he seemed to have a lot of pent up frustration from the holding and was deducted a point for hitting on the break and almost tried a judo throw at one point.
Unfortunately for the Japanese fighter as the distance grew and the bout became more active the champion really started to take over with his fast flurries and accurate combinations. The flurries started to take their toll on the Japanese fighter who's only real offense came in wild right hands that rarely connect.
One thing that did connect were the fighter's heads which collided in round 8 opening up a nasty cut over the right eye of Kiyota. Unfortunately the cut always appeared like a fight ending one and although the doctor allowed the bout to continue on into the 10th round he eventually called the action with Kiyota's face covered in claret.
As the cut was caused by a clash of heads we went to the scorecards though with Kiyota's limited success there was only ever going to be one winner on the cards.
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