WBO #8 light middleweight Dmitry Nikulin (21-0, 8 KOs) looked a better fighter than his Kenyan opponent George Dimoso (7-5-2, 4 KOs). He pushed him from pillar to post for two rounds bit it was an accidental headbutt that created a hug cut on Dimoso’s left cheekbone at the starters of the second. His condition worsened with every punch thrown by Nikulin, so that the fight was stopped between rounds two and three in favour of Nikulin, who got his eighth stoppage win.
In a wild slugfest and clearly the best fight of the undercard Ukrainian heavyweight Andrey Rudenko (18-0, 11 KOs) knocked out Kenyan Raymond Ochieng (22-12-3, 18 KOs) in three rounds. The African fighter proved he was there not only for his payday and offered Rudenko a tough job to accomplish. The Kenyan fighter landed several punches of note but his flawed defense got him in the third when he was dropped three times (once after a wicked left hook – right cross combo) for an automatic stoppage.