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30 AUGUST 2014

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Full Report: Uzelkov Ko's Codrington/Usyk Stops Romero


Codrington lands an uppercut
Codrington lands an uppercut

By Dmytro Mossienko at ringside: In one of the most exciting boxing cards ever staged in Kiev, Klitschko brothers promoting powerhouse K2 Promotions organized an excellent night of boxing in booked solid 7,000 Kiev Sports Palace .

 

In the main event Ukraine’s never fading boxing and dancing star Slava (Vyacheslav) Steel Hammer Uzelkov (30 (19kos)-3) showed his class in the fight for the vacant IBO light heavyweight intercontinental championship with New Yorker Jaidon Codrington. Having pretty much the same record as his opponent, but being much younger, Codrington started the fight gamely, showing little respect to Uzelkov and peppering him on many occasions with a crisp jab.

 

Uzelkov, whose career was up and down so many times, interrupted by his participation in Strictly Let’s Go Dancing show, made Ukrainian funs worry, as his left jab was close to non-existence, his foot work looked awkward, as he was dragging his feet. Few remembered, that he has always been a slow starter. By round four, though, his jab came to be more active, left hooks landed on several occasions and he gave his American opponent several opportunities to taste the dynamite in Ukrainian’s hands. Still, Codrnington showed good fighting discipline, connected a lot of body shots and had all good reasons to dominate in the second part of the distance. However, he was caught off guard in the middle of round six by several brilliant and very strong left hooks from Uzelkov, first reaching to the head and then to the liver area.

 

Codrnington switched to survival mode in the clinch. He seemingly recovered, and Uzelkov sort off did not rush to finish, just kept pressing on him. Then, Uzelkov managed to land several excellent left hooks, with one of them wobbling Codrington. There Uzelkov showed his master class: he jumped to opponent and rocked him with solid short right hook. Codrington clearly was shuttered. You could see he started to understand what’s going on closer to count 5. He stood up by count 8 and looked like had managed to recover. Russian referee Yury Koptsev had to take quick decision. He asked Jaidon to make step forward. Jaidon looked pensive, than stepped forward. Koptsev stopped the fight. After the fight, talking to the Secondsout, Jaidon insisted: "it was premature stoppage". When I asked Yury Koptsev, he said: "I asked him to step forward and was kind of thinking, what to do. After all those recent trouble with Abdusalamov (Russian heavyweight, who went in coma after fight with Perez), I resolved to not take chances, I could see that he was seriously shocked".

 

In another exciting co-feature of this boxing card, Ukraine’s Olympic hero Olexander The Cat Usyk, the darling of Ukrainian fashion, cellular and many other brands advertizing made his pro-debut against Mexican journeyman Felipe Romero (16-7-1). From round one Romero had trouble with Usyk’s sowthpaw stance and tried to reach his opponent with wild right hooks. Usyk looked very concentrated, careful, but never ceasing his offense. He kept pressing Romero, stinging him with right jab. Mexican veteran had trouble adjusting to Usyk’s workmanship style manner of fighting. Usyk managed to avoid Romero’s wild offenses by somewhat amateurish, but efficient footwork. By round 3 Usyk was increasingly using his left hook. Close to the end of round 3 Usyk connected with left uppercut to the body and right hook to the chin which sent Romero to the canvas. This showed many funs, that even rather known in amature ranks as mover, now, fighting in smaller professional gloves Usyk was ready to show explosive power of his punches.

 

 


Codrington hits the deck
Codrington hits the deck
Codrington is counted out
Codrington is counted out

Romero came back to fight after the break, but now looked much more careful. Usyk’s work still reminded him Olympian, as he was trying to send as many as possible light punches to please the judges. In the mean time Romero’s right eye came to the stage of being virtually closed.

 

In round five Romero changed his stance to the southpaw, which somewhat caught Usyk off guard and he even missed right hook from Romero. This changing of stances was a sly tactic, but it was too late!!  Natural southpaw, Romero showed more confidence, but could see very little with his right eye. In fact, the ending of the fight was pretty much the result of this change: In a soft move, like a cat, Usyk landed excellent  left hook, which sent Romero to the canvas for count! Romero’s corner had thrown in the towel, but for some reason the judge Victor Fesechko continued the count. Member of the Mexican corner jumped into the ring to prevent further punishment incase Fesechko resumes the fight!!

 

BOXING STARDUST

The boxing card in Kiev sports palace brought together a number of stars of Ukrainian boxing.

 

 Vitaly Klitschko, who is now busy in political battles in Ukrainian parliament, enjoyed the boxing evening with his two sons.

 

Vladimir Sidorenko, former bantamweight world champion and the only Ukrainian, who fought Nonito Donaire, now works as Vitaly Klitscho’s aid in the Parliament, came to the boxing card along with his twin brother Valery.

 

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In the meantime, with famous Ukrainian coach Anatoly Lomachenko working in Usyk’s corner, Secondsout had a chance to ask several questions to his famous son, 2 times Olympic champion Vassyl Lomachenko:

 

SO: Vassyl, congratulations with your brilliant pro debut in Las Vegas in October, how do you feel in pro ranks?

VL: I enjoy it. So many things are actually so more natural and functional in professional boxing…

 

SO: How is your preparation for the fight with Orlando Salido?

VL: As the matter of fact, I did not start one as yet, just regular exercise. I have championship fight commitment in my contract, but it still needs to be formalized and the date and place for the fight ought to be set.

 

SO: This night is going to be the night in the long standing rivalry between Nonito Donair and Vic Darchinian, what is your forecast?

 

VL: Donair KOs Darchinian.

 

(Editor’s note) Lomachenko’s prediction was forecast before the fight took place.

 

November 10, 2013

Lomachenko and-Usyk before the-fight
Lomachenko and-Usyk before the-fight
Usyk and Romero exchange punches
Usyk and Romero exchange punches
Usyk on the attack
Usyk on the attack
Lomachenko and-Female World Champ Alina Shaternikova-IMG
Lomachenko and-Female World Champ Alina Shaternikova-IMG


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