Tashkent, Uzbekistan: Super Middle: Azizbek Abdugofurov (11-0) W PTS 12 Dmitry Chudinov (21-3-2). Super bantam: Olimjon Nazarov (21-5) W PTS 10 Khvicha Gigolashvili (18-26).
Abdugofurov vs. Chudinov
Abdugofurov returns home and delights his fans with a wide unanimous decision over Chudinov. The tall, slim Abdugofurov is not a puncher but he has a long reach and good movement and Chudinov just could not get close enough often enough to be any danger. Chudinov kept pressing and with Abdugofurov not having a lot of power he boxed on the back foot trying to stay off the ropes. He speared Chudinov on the way in and stopped to lash “The Night Wolf” with two-handed flurries. Relentless pressure won Chudinov a few rounds when he could cut off the ring and work on Abdugofurov on the ropes but other than that it was a frustrating night for the Russian. In the sixth Chudinov suffered a bad cut over his right eye which looked to come from a punch but he was allowed to continue. Chudinov chased in vain to the end but Abdugofurov was just too clever for him. Scores 118-110 twice and 118-111 for Abdugofurov. The Malaysian-based “AAA” wins the vacant WBC Silver title. He is quick and skilful but his lack of power will hold him back. Former interim WBA champion Chudinov made three defences of that title before being stopped in twelve rounds by Chris Eubank Jr in 2015. He was 7-1 in his last 8 fights with the loss being against Lolenga Mock in January this year.
Nazarov vs. Gigolashvili
Nazarov wins the vacant WBC CIS & Slovak Boxing Bureau title with easy ten round victory over very modest Georgian Gigolashvili. Scores 100-90 twice and 100-91. The 32-year-old Nazarov lost three in a row to unbeaten fighters in the USA but then returned home where he scored six wins. Sounds good but those six victims all novices had combined records of 0-4. Gigolashvili has never won a fight outside Georgia in 24 attempts
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