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Sunday, April 11, 2021

Miroslav Ishchenko Wins in Ukraine

Junior middleweight Miroslav Ishchenko, who has also fought under the surname Kapuler, defeated Alexander Benidze in Kiev, Ukraine last night. Ishchenko won by unanimous decision in a four rounder. Miroslav, a southpaw, controlled nearly every second of the fight.

Ishchenko won the first two rounds because of his lead lefts. He varied the velocity and location of his punches. Benidze, a 37 year old Georgian who fights out of Ukraine, often found himself off balance. At other times, Ishchenko wobbled Benidze when he loaded up on a big left. Ishchenko sprinkled in a right hook here and there starting at the end of the first.

Benidze was noticeably frustrated in the corner before the third round. Ishchenko had created Benidze's irritation with his reach advantage and superior speed. The 44-fight veteran got inside to start the third and landed a short right to the body. Benidze didn't land much throughout the contest, but the short right to the body was his most reliable shot.

Ishchenko committed to the jab for the first time in the fight in the third and garnered positive results. The 23 year old then went back to the lead left and seemingly couldn't miss. Benidze huffed and puffed his way out of the corner to start the fourth, but it was the younger Miroslav who held for the first time in the fight in the final period. Nevertheless, Ishchenko had another strong round.

In his fifth round as a professional, Ishchenko went for his second career knockout by standing in front of Benidze and exchanging fire. The veteran was damaged in the shootout but remained upright, a testament to his toughness. Miroslav then went back to boxing, and his lefts started to wobble his opponent with increasing frequency. After connecting with numerous shots in a row, Benidze went down to the canvas as the ten-second warning sounded.  He rose and heard the final bell while on his feet.

Kapuler won by unanimous decision. The judges scores weren't announced, but The JBB scored the bout 40-35 for Ishchenko. Miroslav is now 2-0 with one KO. Benidze falls to 13-29-3 with 6 KOs. He has still only been stopped three times.

Sunday, April 4, 2021

Sinakin Falls to King by Majority Decision

Light heavyweight Benny Sinakin suffered his first professional defeat at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania tonight. Matched up against Afunwa King, who is quietly making a name for himself as an upset specialist, the Jewish Bulldog lost by majority decision.

One judge saw the fight even at 57 apiece. The other two judges overruled the first card and granted King the victory. Both scored the contest 58-56.

This was Sinakin's first six rounder. The 23 year old from Philly is now 6-1 with 3 KOs. King, a Nigerian-born resident of the Bronx, rises to 3-1 with one KO. More details to come...

Saturday, April 3, 2021

David Alaverdian Sweeps the Cards

David Alaverdian defeated Daniel Pacheco at Polideportivo Centenario in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico tonight. The U.S.-based Israeli fighter impressively outboxed a game Pacheco. 

Alaverdian, wearing trunks donning the Israeli flag on his left leg and the American flag on his right, initiated the fight by jabbing and moving. He kept his right hand at a responsible height to thwart Pacheco's left hook. The 27-year-old Alaverdian used his feet to get in, hit, and get out. He often switched to the southpaw stance. Pacheco started the bout a bit wild and spent most of the first bouncing in front of Alaverdian.

David showed off his fast hands and faster feet. He landed lead rights from the outside in the second round. If there was a criticism of his performance throughout the first five minutes, it was he head-hunted too much. In the final minute of the second, Alaverdian rectified the oversight and landed to the body before he came up with a left uppercut.

Understanding that he possessed slower hands and gave up an inch of height and reach, Pacheco tried to bob and weave his way inside. He must have been aware that Alaverdian is known for his body assault, because he kept his elbows low and tight. He had some success to the body himself late in the second round.

The third round featured more of the same. Alaverdian showcased all of his skills. He boxed beautifully. He showed off his defense. He used his feet to avoid the shots for the most part, but he allowed Pacheco to get inside and then blocked virtually all of his shots during one stretch. David went to the head and body with malice and precision, and he landed an overhand left as a southpaw late in the penultimate round. He was better as a righty, though competent as a southpaw, but his constant stance-switching was perhaps an unnecessary risk.

Pacheco found success in the final round. He landed left hooks early and then went to the body and came back up with an overhand right. He next went to the body with both hands and followed up with a right uppercut. Had this been a truncated round, Pacheco would've won it, but Alaverdian closed strong. He displayed vicious left hooks to the head and body to close the contest.

All three judges scored the bout 40-36 for Alaverdian, who is now 3-0 with 2 KOs. Pacheco falls to 4-6 with 2 KOs.

Alaverdian looked like he could be fast-tracked based on this performance. He showed quality technique. His jab was excellent and he varied his attack effectively. He was strong defensively, but had a couple of minor issues. While his right was ready to block left hooks, he held his lead hand low in either stance. A better opponent could make him pay. Sometimes, he moved straight back after landing though his feet are quick enough that he might not pay for that fault too often. In this fight, his power wasn't on display as it had been in his first two pro fights. Regardless, it was a good showing for Alaverdian.