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Postol Beats Corley, Kucher Rocks Herelius

By Dmytro Mossienko at ring side: Ukraine’s Elite Boxing Promotion staged an exciting boxing card on Saturday night, just on the verge of general elections in Ukraine. WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko electing to the parliament and several boxing events staged in Ukraine in October, all this just shows how much boxing matters in Ukraine’s social and political agenda, and how much excitement it had generated in ring at the Sportlife sports club in Kiev.


Ukraine’s unbeaten cruiserweight prospect Dmytro Kucher brutally Ko’d Frenchman Steve Herelius in the second round of their 12 round fight for the WBC International Silver cruiserweight title. Prior to this fight Herelius lost only twice in his 24 fights.


In the middle of round two Kucher attacked Herelius with two vicious left hand body punches before rocking him with a right hook to the temple, that sent Frenchman through the ropes on the desk of the fight night chairman and medics, so they had to save themselves jumping away in horror. Hillarius managed to climb back in to the ring, and even tried to take somehow stand upright, but by that time it was far too late and referee Daniel van de Wiele waved off, the fight..


It started quietly, and only on a couple occasions Kucher briefly pressed the Frenchman in round one, apparently measuring the distance and adjusting to the Frenchman’s reflexes.


Between the two main event fights, Distinguished Ukrainian coach Mikhail Zavyalov reminded everyone in attendance about the sad passing of the great Hall of Fame coach Emanuel Steward. All in attendance stood up and Steward was remembered with the traditional minute’s of silence.



Meanwhile, in yet another exciting headliner, unbeaten Ukrainian prospect Victor Postol won a hard fought, though unanimous decision against 38 year old former WBO light welterweight champion Demarcus Chop Chop Corley.


Corley fought clever tactical fight. Probably not quite adjusted himself to Ukraine’s time zone and climate, southpaw Corley started carefully. Still, he let his hands fly and on many occasions caught Postol with crisp right hooks, which even wobbled Postol in round three.


After four rounds, according to the WBC rules the results were announced and amazingly enough, Postol was leading on two cards 40:36, while the third one was 38:38. Although Corley did not seem to have any problems neither with stamina, or with speed, he never looked hungry enough, while Postol mounted pressure. Corley’s smart defensive style and busy, workmanship attitude never allowed Postol to relax until the final bell. Corley, tired and cut, lost with decency, even though, sometimes, when he managed to rock Postol, the crowd would not be able to understand, why he would not follow up and punish Postol.


To the credit of the Ukrainian prospect, he would carefully listen to his corner, always looked for the opportunity to sting the skillful veteran with lightning jabs. Postol looked tired in the end, as the experienced Corley, starting from round one used every opportunity to work his opponent’s body. But Postol had a young lion’s guts, and by the final round his domination could hardly be questioned.


October 28,2012

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