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Boxing results from the weekend: Kamshybek Kunkabayev, Daniele Scardina

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Rising Kazakhstan star Kamshybek Kunkabayev won the first title of his professional career he defeated Server Emurlaev to claim the vacant WBO Asia Pacific cruiserweight title.

He was competing on a huge #MTKFightNight taking place at the Tynyshpayev Academy of Transport and Communications in Almaty, Kazakhstan, and broadcast live in the US on ESPN+ in association with Top Rank, and worldwide on IFL TV.

In just his third professional fight, Kunkabayev (3-0, 3 KOs) was in control throughout, forcing Emurlaev (23-2, 8 KOs) to retire at the end of the sixth round.

It is the latest big win for Kunkabayev, with his three opponents in his professional career so far having a combined record of 50-8, showing how quickly he wants to progress in the paid ranks.

Elsewhere on the card, Nurtas Azhbenov (11-0, 4 KOs) also won the first title of his career, beating Evgeny Smirnov (13-2-3, 3 KOs) by unanimous decision to win the vacant WBC Asian Continental lightweight title.

Talghat Shayken (4-0, 2 KOs) picked up a very impressive win, defeating Evgeny Pavko (18-4-1, 13 KOs) on points after eight rounds, while there was a huge fifth round knockout win for Abay Tolesh (7-1, 5 KOs) against Vasily Shytk (2-3, 2 KOs).

Here’s the full list of results from an action-packed event in Kazakhstan.


Vacant WBO Asia Pacific Cruiserweight Title


Vacant WBC Asian Continental Lightweight Title

NURTAS AZHBENOV def. EVGENY SMIRNOV via unanimous decision after 10 rounds (100-90, 99-91, 96-94)

TALGAT SHAYKEN def. EVGENY PAVKO via unanimous decision after 8 rounds (80-72, 80-72, 79-73)

ABAY TOLESH def. VASILY SHTYK via TKO after 1:56 of round 5

BAGDAT UAYDAYEV def. SAGYNDEK MOLDASHEV via unanimous decision after 6 rounds (60-54, 60-54, 60-54)

TORGYNBEK AMIROV def. AIDYN SIKHYMBAYEV via majority decision after 8 rounds (78-74, 79-73, 76-76)

NURZHAN MAKASHBAYEV def. NURBOL SULTANBAY via unanimous decision after 6 rounds (58-56, 59-55, 58-56)

RAKHAT SEITZHAN def. ZHANAT ZHAKSYLYK via TKO after 2:06 of round 3

NURDOS TOLEBAY def. ZHANDOS YEREZHEPOV via TKO after 2:54 of round 3

AIDOS MEDET def, BEKBOSSYN YERKINULY via unanimous decision after 6 rounds (60-54, 60-54, 60-54)

ZHANSAYA RAKHYMBERDI def. AIYM ZHUMABAY via majority decision after 6 rounds (60-54, 58-56, 57-57)

Daniele Scardina is the new European Union champion

Great show at Milano Boxing Night which was held behind closed doors last Friday in Milan, Italy. Promoted by Opi Since 82-Matchroom-DAZN it was streamed live by DAZN in 200 tv territories and is now avalaible on demand. There were all kinds od fights, including one which looked like a Mexican pelea and that stole the show: it was the fight between Italian welterweight champion Tobia Loriga and Nicholas Esposito that brawled for ten rounds giving all they could. Esposito won by 97-93 on all the scorecards and became the new Italian champion. His record improves to 14-0 with 5 KOs. Tobia Loriga’s record is now 32-9-3. For this fight Esposito went one month to New York to train with American fighters and we can say now that his choice paid off.

In the main event, for the vacant European Union super middleweight championship, local hero Daniele Scardina defeated Cesar Nunez sending him down in the 8th round with a series of punches. The referee stopped the action one second before Nunez went down face first. Scardina had been inactive for 1 year and 4 months and couldn’t wait to get back in action. After the win Scardina said this about the fight: “After a very tough year, I came back against an opponent who wanted to win at all costs. In the first round, I was a little rusty. Then I started to feel good again and I did what I had to do to win.” Daniele Scardina’s record is now 19-0 with 15 wins inside the distance. Cesar Nunez’s record is of 17-3-1.

IBF International welterweight champion Maxim Prodan defended against former Italian champion Nicola Cristofori who had said that he would have run circles around Prodan making him miss and then counterpunch. That’s what Cristofori did for nine rounds. In the fifth round, Prodan knocked down Cristofori but this didn’t change the fight. Prodan attacked and missed, Cristofori kept away and counterpunched. In the 10th round Prodan hits Cristofori to the face making him go back toward the ropes, Cristofori tells the referee that he lost the mouthpiece but the referee sees that he didn’t, Prodan throws five punches landing at least two of them, Cristofori doesn’t react and the referee stops the action. Prodan wins by 10th round TKO and then complains: “Boxing is a fight, Cristofori just ran for the whole night.” Maxim Prodan’s record is now of 19-0-1 with 15 KOs, while Nicola Cristofori’s record is of 11-3-2.

Opening the show, featherweight Vincenzo La Femina (now 7-0 with 3 KOs) who dominated Nicaragua’s Pablo Narvaez and super welterweight Mirko Natalizi (now 10-0 with 7 KOs) who knocked out in four rounds Belgian’s Islam Teffahi.

Diego Pacheco and Money Powell IV get big wins on Saturday Night

Two of Split-T Management’s super middleweight prospects gained big wins on Saturday night.

Diego Pacheco remained undefeated with a eight-round unanimous decision over Rodolfo Gomez Jr. in a super middleweight fight.

The bout, which took place at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida, was streamed live on DAZN as part of the Canelo Alvarez – Avni Yildirim card.

Pacheco has been very impressive in knocking out eight of his previous 10 opponents, showed great versatility and ring I.Q. by landing counters and some sharp right hands against the tough veteran.

Pacheco landed 117 of 382 punches; Gomez was 70 of 351.

Pacheco, 168 lbs of Los Angeles won by scores of 79-73 on all cards and is now 11-0. Gomez, 167lbs of Laredo, TX is 14-5-1.

Pacheco is under the guidance of Split-T Management’s Tim VanNewhouse and is promoted by Matchroom Boxing.

Money Powell IV won a tough six round split decision over William Langston.

The fight took place at The Buckhead Fight Club in Atlanta.

Langston was strong, and he was aggressive early on as he was looking to take out Powell with power shots.

That was not to be the case, as Powell was able to out box Langston, and slow him n down with body shots. The 23 year-old Powell out-landed Langston throughout the fight.

Powell of Fort Mitchell, Alabama is now 12-1.

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