By Dmytro Mossienko at ringside: Georgia’s International Boxing Organization middleweight champion and Kyiv (Ukraine) based Avtandil Khurtsidze rallied in round one of his clash with dangerous Columbian KO artist Dionisio Miranda 21(18)-7(6)-2 to stop the opponent via the way of clean knock out! The fight on the ring in Kyiv’s sports palace was largely anticipated as the main event of the fight card staged by Stepan Chernovetsky’s Elite Boxing Promotion promotional company. With Stepan’s flamboyant father, former Kyiv city mayor Leonid COSMOS Chernovetsky having his odds with current power party settled, Elite Boxing Promotion seems to be on track to become yet another force to be reckoned with in Ukrainian boxing.
In the first minute Miranda seemingly easily dodged from Khurtsidze advances. However, as Khurtsidze mounted pressure he ran into the trouble of getting a deep cut on his head from an accidental headbutt. Announced by the referee Edwards, the headbutt made an amazing impact on Khurtsidze. He rushed into the fight with incredible vigor, proving his alias Tornado. One of his punches sent Miranda to the canvas. After the 8 count, the fight was resumed, however, quite in Mike Tyson style, a 163cm tall Khurtsidze, bobbing and weaving, set up himself up for a perfect long left hook that crushed 185cm Miranda’s jaw and sent him to the canvas for a count.
In a meaningful undercard fight, unbeaten light welterweight Victor Postol from Kyiv drilled rugged Belgian Tariq Madni for all 8 rounds to win unanimous decision. The fight however, was far from a one sided, as the Belgian fighter demonstrated quality, tight defense and good timing, clocking the Ukrainian on many occasions with solid right overhands , never losing his dangerous and mean ability till the final gong.
A number of other 4-6 rounders gave boxing aficionados and general fight funs a number of sheer delight opportunities. Ukraine’s You Are the Champion equivalent of the Contender TV show winner, Bogdan Protsyshyn, won a hard earned 4 rounds decision win over Max Ponomariov from Kharkov. This was his 5th pro win. The boxing card was staged in partnership with National box promotion established by Mykhail Zavyalov, celebrated Ukrainian boxing veteran coach and guru, who also celebrated this night his birthday along with friends and partners.
In a separate development on 11 June WBC World Heavyweight Champion Vitaly Klitschko held his political party Udar! (Punch!) conference in Kyiv. “We are not yet another political gathering to lobby for some big business interests! We are non-oligarchic gathering of Ukrainian citizens. We are live evidence of the plain fact that no one will be able to silence the voice of ordinary Ukrainians, we are the civil party of European type, we are not developing from the top, we are growing from the grass roots!” Klitschko stated in the interview to the national television. Vitaly’s K2 Promotion powerhouse is currently arguably the key driving force in Ukraine’s boxing development, it stages a good dozen of decent boxing cards annually in different cities of Ukraine.
June 12, 2011