By Dmytro Mossienko at the Sportlife sports club, Kyiv, Ukraine.- Ukraine’s Swiss based unbeaten middleweight Vitali Kopylenko (18-0, 9ko) won WBF middleweight (72.6kg =160lbs) title with three round knockout of Portugese Vitor Sa (27-8, 5Ko).
The Ukrainian stepped into the ring with a damaged right hand, but in true warrior style he ko’d his opponent with a vicious punch to the liver. Portugese fighter came to Kyiv (Ukraine) with aggressive intentions and started the fight in his typical Latin fighting offensive style, but Kopylenko showed quality footwork and his lightening hand speed made 39 years old opponent often miss with his primary weapon – left hook.
By the middle of round three Kopylenko did all necessary for the Portugese to believe that Vitaly’s barrages to the head were just prelude of a hard punch. He was right, except for that the killing punch came to the liver, not to the head.
In the main undercard event Vitali’s stablemate Timur Akhundov unanimously won a tough fought 12 rounds battle with French contender Leonus Marie Francoise to his WBF intercontinental featherweight belt. Akhundov started gamely, but French was firing back with accurate counter-punches. Akhundov dominated the fight, but his advantage remained very slim until he dropped Frenchman with flash left in round 10.
Akhundov rushed to finish the French boxer but not only managed to recover well from a solid punch, but defended himself very well during the barrages and always sought an opportunity for revenge. Fortunately for Akhundov, his wise coach and strategist Alex Likhter advised him to change the strategy during the break. He would sustain pressure on Leonus, but avoid toe to toe exchanges, where the Frenchman had advantage. Akhundov connected several times with leading right and retained initiative till the final bell, which brought him unanimous decision.
Pictured: Kopylenko setting up for body shot
July 14, 2012