By Dmytro Mossienko at ringside: In a return to peaceful life after the horrors of last winter, Ukrainian boxing fans and foreign guests enjoyed an exciting boxing card in Kiev suburb Brovary, staged by Klitschko brothers’ promotional powerhouse, K2.
In the main event on the ring in sports Palace Terminal rugged Chechen warrior Zaur Baysangurov from Grozny, fighting for the colors of Ukrainian K2, challenged Guido Potti from Argentina in the clash for the vacant IBO super welterweight title.
Baysangurov started slowly and in the first half of the fight, probably lost two or even three rounds to the highly disciplined and slick Spain based prospect from Argentina. Baysangurov, who had to vacate his title last year because of trauma, made it clear, that he came to the ring not only to return himself into the championship boxing spotlight, but also to show his ambition to reign and grow.
Somewhat awkward and swift action of his opponent from Argentina, made Baysangurov eating somewhat excessive portions of leather in the beginning of the fight. Still, Zaurbek’s plenty boxing funs in Kiev could see his never fading determination, pride and hungry fighter attitude.
It was until after the 8th round that Guido Potti even loosing the fight by points, never had serious problems and escaped massive punishment. Meanwhile, the Chechen train was steaming up. Baysangurov’s determination and zeal to wreck his opponents’ defense was increasingly more successful.
What was a perfect surprise for Baysangurov, judge Guistino Di Giovanni and thousands in attendance, it was Pitto’s tremendous chin and stamina. He sustained massive bombings, still not only retaining his fighting ability, but boxing clever, always seeking opportunity to redeem himself for received punishment. Guido Pitto never turned to be an easy prey for Zaur Baysangurov.
Apparently Zaurbek himself and his corner were keen to see a win convincing enough, to never rely on judges. Baysangurov proved to be in excellent shape, probably one of the best in his life and stepped in into the round 12 with vigorous desire to cut the show short! Pitto was fading, but still was peppering him with his awkward jabs. After the sound of the hammer, indicating 10 seconds left, Baysangurov rushed forward with final Hurray! Potti was flying at his hands like a tiny boat in the stormy ocean. At this point Pitto was doing all possible in his survival effort, forget fighting back. All of a sudden Pitto went down, but his glove never touched the canvas. Still, judge Guistino Di Giovanni waved the fight off. It was just 2 seconds till the end of the fight and Pitto tried to protest, but Zaurbek was already celebrating the TKO win with his corner and many in attendance thought, that probably the referee should have stopped this punishment of proud and skillful Latin prospect somewhat earlier.
By all means, it was unforgettable comeback of Zaurbek Baysangurov, but thousands at ringside and millions around Ukraine who watched the broadcast were also thrilled by the courage and skills of young fighter from Argentina!!
This very pleasing ending of the boxing card came as a very important sweetener after Ukraine’s darling light heavyweight Vyacheslav (Slava) Steel Power Uzelkov from the K2 stable suffered punishment in his own back yard from the hands of Geard Ajetovic from Serbia. From his very first step into the boxing ring the Serbian fighter demonstrated, that he came to win or die. It looked like his attitude, busy fighting style, his overall determination had mesmerized Ukrainian hero, who just came back from yet another popular and lucrative dancing contest on Ukrainian TV. Slava tried his jab, slick movement, counter punching and even rallied in round 8 and even probably out punched his Serbian opponent in the final stanza, but it was far too late and he lost via split decision.
In yet another very entertaining and educating eight round clash of the undercard, Ukraine’s hard punching light heavyweight Alex Cherviak from Kirovograd won by UD against skillful Artem Redko from Donetsk. The father of nine, Cherviak lives busy life, in order to feed his big family and fighting in the pro ranks. In the previous fight in 2009, some argued, that Cherviak’s victory against Redko was questionable, as he won split decision. This time Cherviak vowed that no one would be able to question his victory and so he did! Yes, he did not manage to KO his opponent with rock solid chin, but clearly outpunched and out hassled his opponent from Donetsk.
So hot was this fighting show in Brovary on this chilly April night!!
April 12, 2014