Results from St. Petersburg, Russia
Comebacking Azerbaijani cruiserweight and former world title challenger Ali Ismailov (17-3-1, 12 KOs) erased bad memories of his latest defeat to Denis Lebedev with a wide and unanimous decision over ultra durable Latvian professional loser Jevgenijs Andrejevs (10-31, 2 KOs). Ismailov worked hard but failed to finish his clowning foe even despite a knockdown he had scored in the fifth after a huge left to the chin. Fightnews scored it 60-53 for WBC #26 Ismailov. The fight was scheduled for six rounds. Andrejevs has been stopped only once in his career – in his first ever outing.
Lightweight prospect Kazbek Shebzukhov (4-0-1, 3 KOs) scored a nice stoppage of Latvian Jevgenijs Kirillovs (4-5-1, 4 KOs) in the first televised bout of the evening. Kirillovs was down once, deducted one point for intentional and dangerous use of his head and was severely cut before the halt came right after the fifth round on the advice of the ring physician.