Vladimir Nikitin and Alexander Devyatov get stops in Moscow


Moscow, Russia – Rio 2016 bronze medalist Vladimir Nikitin (6-1-1, 2 KOs) closed another controversial year with a solid victory over South African veteran Tello Dithebe (21-14-1, 6 KOs) ) in three full turns.

Nikitin was much more aggressive and resilient. Dithebe was forced to put the whole fight on the ropes, trying to survive the heavy bombardment of Nikitin. Although he was not shot in any of the rounds, Dithebe’s body said it was enough after three rounds.


Russian lightweight Alexander Devyatov (12-0, 11 KOs) earned his first belt – a vacant 135-pound Asian WBA title – with first-round stoppage of Tanzanian import Adam Lazaro (10-3, 9 KOs ). The two fighters collided in a two-way brawl that didn’t last long enough. At the start of the second minute of the lap, Devyatov scored a one-two and let Lazaro down hard. Standing at eight, the Tanzanian was still wobbly and was soon thankfully stopped by the referee after another barrage from Devyatov. The stop time was 1:26 am.


Marat Khuzeev’s best opponent was arguably the best fighter in the world. Khuzeev, now 41, lost to Canelo Alvarez in two rounds in August 2009, and that fight – albeit a loss – was perhaps the most memorable moment of his career.

Now Khuzeev is producing memorable moments for his opponents. Against Albert Khamkhoev, he helped his opponent to his first career save victory. Khamkhoev (now 7-0, 1 KO) knocked out Khuzeev several times in the first, especially with his short overhand right, and forced Khuzeev to retreat to his corner right after a fight. Losing his twelfth consecutive fight by stoppage, Khuzeev falls to 20-20-1, 8 KOs.


Left-handed hitter Vladimir Mironenko (4-0, 3 KOs) failed to impress and stop his Kyrgyz opponent Dastanbek Imankaziev (2-5, 1 KO) in a six-round game. Mironenko prevailed in almost every round, but Imankaziev, who had lost his previous three fights by stoppage, gave him fits and fought him to the end.


Making his heavyweight debut (or bridgeweight, if anyone is concerned), former Russian, WBC CISBB and WBA Continental super middleweight champion Dilmurod Satybaldiev forced Qazim Umudov to retire after two one-way turns unique. There were no reversals. Satybaldiev, 27, improved to 12-2, 3 KOs. Umudov falls into a negative zone with a record of 3-4, 1 KO.


Super bantamweight Maxim Chernyshev (2-0) let down his Kazakh opponent Sagyndyk Moldashev (3-2, 2 KOs) in the fourth, but failed to finish the enemy in time. Chernyshev came up with a broad unanimous decision over six rounds instead.


In a rookie heavyweight battle, multi-time former Russian national and 2019 world bronze medalist Maxim Babanin (1-0, 1 KO), 33, stopped Bogdan Rakich (0-1) in four rounds . The chubby heavyweight, who had won victories over Joe Joyce and Tyson Fury in the unpaid ranks, was not so impressive in his professional debut, but did enough to force his opponent into retirement. There were no rollovers and Rakish complained of a leg injury.


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