By Dmytro Mossienko at ringside: On 14 December, in Brovary, a quiet and wealthy suburb of politically agitated Kiev, Klitschko brothers’ promotional powerhouse K2 staged yet another exciting night of boxing.
The venue was booked solid, bringing together some 7,000 of spectators from all over Ukraine. Linked to different wings of political spectrum spectators of K2 fight night once again proved Ukrainians’ true sportsmanship, civil responsibility and love of boxing, as powerful waves of emotional support sent to fighters never took political colors and they all together would stand up and listen to their national anthem.
In one of two co-main events Ukrainian funs had to go through a very sobering thriller though, as skilled and experienced Ukrainian boxing fox, super-lightweight Serhiy Fedchenko from Kharkov was struggling to retain his WBO European belt in a clash with unexpectedly tough and hard hitting Spain based Felix Lora from Dominican republic.
Both fighters showed a lot of confidence from the moment of stepping into the ring and testing the range before gearing up to power shots.. This happened in the 2nd round, when Fedchenko was unfortunate to swallow a solid right counterpunch from Lora, which sent Ukrainian to the canvas and squeezed the sigh of disappointment in the audience. Fedchenko was not only knocked down and wobbled, he was clearly shocked! End of round came to Ukrainian’s rescue, still the one minute was not enough for him to fully recover. In the beginning of the third stanza, Lora rushed for a kill, but Fedchenko was smart and experienced enough to survive the round. He clearly lost at least another two ones, and showed truly competitive boxing only closer to the middle of the fight. His corner did a lot of work in order to help their fighter recover. This translated into Serhiy’s movement and jabs in particular gaining new energy. Several clean punches connected by Fedchenko helped him to retain confidence in the possibility of winning this nightmare fight. He used all kinds of tricks up on his sleeve in order to seize initiative from his strong like a bull and pretty dirty opponent.
Somewhat frustrated by Fedchenko’s resilience and skillful defense Lora started to head butt his opponent when sending an uppercut. As a result, after several very dangerous episodes bother fighters were cut, with Lora actually cut on his both eyes. The counter-punching game on both sides intensified, as both warriors had their moment. Cut on both eyes Lora nevertheless sustained his tactic, seizing initiative and combining mean body shots with very dangerous counter punches. Fedchenko’s corner was very upset with the lack of left jabs on his side. In rounds 11-12 Fedchenko looked rather like fading warrior. Lora never showed the lack of stamina and confidence and hammered his opponent, sometimes landing way too low to the south.
Lora’s pressure and counter punching skill brought him a hard earned split decision victory in Fedchenko’s back yard.
In another main event fight of the evening Ukraine’s new boxing darling, London cruiserweight Olympic champion southpaw Alex Usyk from Simferopol stopped Columbian Epifanio Mendoza in 4 rounds. Usyk’s discipline, good defense and stiff right jab proved to be the most important elements of the victory in his 2nd pro bout. His yet another important secret was disclosed after the fight. Usyk is very devoted and diligent student of his coach. After the fight Usyk seized microfon and sent his Happy Birthday to his coach Anatoly Lomachenko!