By Dmytro Mossienko at ringside: On Sunday, 21 October, Two Ukrainian former European Champions - Alex Gurov and Yury Barashyan won their fights against Latin American opponents in a unexpectedly eye pleasing boxing card in Prometheus sports club in Dniprodzerzhinsk, Eastern Ukraine .
Gurov stopped previously unbeaten Brasilian Edson Roberto Dos Santos in the first round. Dos Santos was decked first after just 20 seconds of round one and looked like a slip, as the floor was wet in his corner, where Gurov first caught him with his trade mark long left hook. So he was allowed to continue even though it took more than 10 seconds for him to stand up. The fight was resumed for Edson Roberto Dos Santos to be floored again, for the fight to be stopped as a TKO. This quick knockout was the first defeat of Edson Roberto Dos Santos career, and he was mad, but raised Gurov’s hand himself before the referee did it. With this stoppage Gurov won the vacant IBC cruiserweight championship belt.
Meanwhile for former light heavyweight Yury Barashyan, who weighed in for the fight at cruiserweight at 86kg (189.2 lbs), for his encounter with Juan Manuel Garay from Argentina was a tough 8 round challenge. Traditionally, Barashyan pressed the opponent and his jabs and hooks started finding targets early, the Argentinean showed a perfect chin and responded with flurries of hooks, even though most missed the target. Barashyan demonstrated his excellent trademark defense, and the Argentinean missed literally hundreds of punches, still Garay’s lion heart helped him stay in the fight.
Garay, even though 7 years older than Barashyan, also showed excellent stamina, and even showed off by opening the ropes for the ring card girl between rounds 2 and 3 instead of taking a rest. Barashyan then mounted pressure and Garay was not show boating anymore between rounds 3 and 4. The crowd demanded Barashyan add even more firepower, but as Yury admitted after the fight, from round one suffered from acute pain, which turned out to be his broken rib on the right side. Garay again had his moments in the middle rounds.
Both fighters rallied in round 7, as Barashyan’s speed and class increasingly made Argentinean look fading. Barashyan gave Garay really bad punishment early in round 8 with several clean left hooks and uppercuts shocking the Latin American warrior. Still, in the second part of round 8 he rushed in attack with last hurray. Barashyan, whose face crocodile skin remained virtually perfectly clean at the time, punished Garay with counter punches, making his face swell and all rainbow colors, but never managed to floor this stubborn journeyman. The scores were 79-73, 79-73 and 77-75.
October 24, 2012