Both headlined «World Boxing in Cherkassy» fight card held by «K2 East Promotions» promotional company in Cherkassy Sport Palace «Budivelnik».
Khurtsidze started aggressively as is his custom trying to fight from the inside. He threw a lot of fast punches which, however, lacked power. At first in round 1 Toygonbaev defended smartly studying his opponent but then starting from round 2 began to counterpunch. He threw fewer punches than Khurtsidze but they were heavier and more powerful. While Khurtsidze resorted mainly to left and right hooks Toygonbaev used long rights and uppercuts.
It was a close fight with Khurtsidze slightly dominating especially after the fight passed the middle mark. The ending came all over sudden in round 8 when Toygonbaev was cut badly under his left eye after accidental headbutt. The cut was bleeding profusely and ring doctor after examining the gash recommended that the fight should be stopped early.
Toygonbaev and his corner protested vehemently but all in vain. They became even more passionate when they heard the verdict – Khurtsidze got a TKO victory. The audience booed the decision since everybody knew that in such a case judges should go for the scorecards.
Another headbutt happened in round 1 of the co-feature when Yuri Nuzhnenko (30-1-1, 14 KOs), former WBA World welterweight champion clashed in a ten-rounder against solid Russian journeyman Vyacheslav Yakovenko (7-8-1, 3 ÊÎs). Nuzhnenko who planned sort of warming up in a tune-up fight before his title bout against Gianluca Branco for vacant EBU (European) welterweight title at the end of January suddenly had to fought two opponents instead of one – Vyacheslav Yakovenko and profuse bleeding from a gash on his forehead.
His cutman did his best during the breaks between rounds and Nuzhnenko went the distance. He established his jab and threw left hooks while Yakovenko mainly tried to counterpunch. Yakovenko surprisingly demonstrated a good chin when he was caught by several Nuzhnenko’s good left hooks, however, recovered quickly.
Both fighters had their moments but Nuzhnenko was better one in the majority of episodes and finally got a unanimous nod from all three judges: 100-90, 100-90 and 99-91.
Nikolay Israelyan TKO4 Alexander Subin
Mamed Yadgarov TKO3 Ravil Mukhamadiarov
Valentin Golovko RTD6 Rakhim Mingaleev
Alexander Spirko TKO6 Denis Tupilenko
Dmitry Semernin TKO1 Vladimir Scherban