Lightweight prospect Valentyn Holovko moved up to 12-0, with 7 KOs, after a dominating stoppage of durable but limited Rustam Memetov (3-2). Holovko was a better man in the first round but the next couple of rounds were pretty even with Memetov having his share of success on the inside. He suffered a bad cut over his left eye-brow and referee warned he had just one round left. The journeyman failed to impress in the fourth and was cut once more on the bridge of his nose so that the fight was stopped just after the fourth round in Holovko’s favour.
Super bantamweight crowd-pleaser Mamed Yadgarov (15-5, 9 KOs) proved his skills against late sub in Kenyan John Gicharu (13-7-1, 6 KOs). Yadgarov rocked his African opponent with a massive overhand right in the first and dominated him in the second and in the third stanzas. He finished his job in style pounding Gicharu relentlessly at the corner, when the fight was stopped (albeit a little bit too early) in the midst of round four.
Lithuanian lightweight Arvydas Trizno (4-3) looked like a hard nut for almost four rounds fighting back to local prospect Artem Ayvazidi (9-0, 4 KOs) but was decked badly after a picture-perfect combo of right cross and left uppercut. He barely beat the count but failed to answer the bell four round five thus retiring in his corner.
Talented welterweight Olexander Spirko (9-0, 5 KOs) started his fight against badly faded Estonian Leontiy Vorontsuk (19-47-1, 6 KOs) with a bang dropping him twice in the opening stanza. The one-sided beating went on in the second round. In round three both fighters’ heads clashed resulting in two deep cuts. Vorontsuk’s cut was deeper thus awarding Spirko with a TKO victory.
Zaurbek Baysangurov’s younger (and heavier) brother Salambek (5-0, 3 KOs) used his left jab to evaluate light heavyweight no-hoper Andrey Ageev (2-14, 1 KO) in the first to drop him down with the triple combo of the left jab, right hand and left hook to the liver in the second. Ageev beat the count but was in no condition to continue.
Rising lightweight prospect Oleksiy Bondarenko (5-0, 4 KOs) was forced to work hard in order to overcome some tough resistance of 42-year old veteran Rakhim Mingaleev (27-63-1, 8 KOs). Bondarenko, who spent less than seven rounds in the ring in his previous four fights started this battle ultra aggressively but failed to distribute his stamina over the distance. As the result he punched himself out in the first couple of rounds and after that Mingaleev started to give him fits. The bout was stopped in the seventh after a deep cut suffered by Mingaleev. Scores were 68-66, 69-64 and 69-66 – for Bondarenko, who squeaked out with the technical decision.