Moscow, Russia – Youth collided with age and experience, as 24-year-old Moldova-born Russian Edgard Moskvichev collided with the 41-year-old former world title challenger Gennady Martirosyan for a vacant WBA Asian middleweight title.
Moskvichev proved that with such an age difference youth has a significant advantage over age, as he cruised to a wide unanimous decision.
No scores were announced but BoxingScene had it 99-91 – for a younger fighter. Interestingly, Martirosyan is the third consecutive fighter of the Armenian heritage, who was defeated by Mosvkichev.
Moskvichev (12-1-2, 4 KOs) was just too active for a reserved, stocky veteran. Southpaw Moskvichev threw multiple multi-punch combinations, which lacked finesse and power but were numerous.
Martirosyan (26-6, 11 KOs) was working behind a tight guard, very much like Arthur Abraham – another fighter of Armenian origin but by far more skillful. Martirosyan had some success early on with solid straight right hands. The landed solidly, putting them on notice for Moskviched but their precision and number dropped over the time. After the midpoint, Martirosyan felt fatigue at its fullest and was soon just taking punches with little chance for response. The veteran fighter rallied desperately during the last round but it was too little and, yes too late, to make any difference.
Alan Khugaev’s scheduled eight-rounder versus Azerbaijani welterweight Elvin Akhundzade (4-7, 2 KOs) was cut short right after the first round. Akhundzada suffered a painful injury to his left hand, probably a torn biceps, while throwing a jab in the first. Khugaev is now 13-0, with 7 KOs.
Hard-hitting light heavyweight David Gladun (5-1, 5 KOs) knocked out the Tajik import Dilawar Tursizada (0-1) with a huge left hook to the chin in the second round. Tursizada was down once before the stoppage, which came at 1:10 of the round.
Hard-hitting Russian female flyweight Elena Savelieva (7-1, 5 KOs) broke down her Armenian opponent Kristina Sargasyan (2-1) in three incomplete rounds. Savelieva paid little attention to Sargasyan’s quite sharp counterpunching and just went through her with her take-no-prisoners style. The Armenian wasn’t knocked out or knocked down but was completely overpowered by Savelieva’s bodypunching. Time of stoppage was 1:40 of the third.
In a minor upset, Uzbekistan-born and Russia-based veteran Server Emurlayev (24-2, 8 KOs) scored a split decision over light heavyweight Andry Kalyuzhniy (14-3, 12 KOs) in a scheduled eight-rounder. No scores were announced, and BoxingScene had it even – a draw: 76-76.
Both fighters were coming off huge lay-offs in their recent past or present. Emurlayev, 35, once an unsuccessful interim title challenger, missed more than eight years off the ring right after the aforementioned split decision loss to Stas Kashtanov in November 2012. Emurlayev came back this February, winning one and losing one inside a week. Meanwhile, Kalyuzhniy, 29, who has previously fought exclusively in China, was last seen in the ring four and a half years ago.
Kalyuzhniy tried pressure and had some early success with a smashing right hand, which caught the Uzbek native’s attention. Emuralev had adjusted by the third, using a sneaky right jab to continuously trouble Kalyuzhniy. The latter was certainly the more active and aggressive of the two but he often winged wildly off the mark. Emurlayev wasn’t throwing anything of note but he did his work consistently and rarely missed when he opened up. The mid rounds belonged to Emurlayev, while Kalyuzhniy connected with some well-measured punches in the closing rounds.