Orson Goulamirian retained his WBA cruiserweight title against mandatory challenger Alexey Ekhoro via a 12-round unanimous decision at La Balcestere in Le Cannet, France.
The French-born Armenian fighter, who appeared on the ring for the first time since December 2019, used his jab to dictate the opening rounds.
Tests showed that Gulamiryan (35 years old) was infected with the Covid-19 virus in Russia last December to face Egorov. This can lead to cancellations and then extended delays.
Egorov, who had not competed in 20 months and was previously unbeaten, landed powerful punches in the middle rounds and was there to see the fight in the closing rounds.
Unsurprisingly, the scorecards showed Gulamirian winning 117-111, 116-112 and 116-112.
Now Goulamirian (27-0, 18 KOs) will hopefully be more active and add more depth to the Cruiserweight division. Egorov (11-1, 7 KOs) has shown enough that he can come back.
In the main prop, defending European middleweight champion Kevin Lilly Sago (19-0, 17 KOs) was too good for Germany’s Emre Cugur (19-2-1, 3 KOs) to stop in the seventh round.
The 32-year-old Cuckoo slowly dominated his opponent from the opening bell through the first half of the fight before knocking him down in the seventh round. Although Cukur kept him on his feet, he was quickly stopped by the referee.
Sadjo won the European title last December but was disqualified due to promotional issues with his former promoter. The short, stocky fighter is very aggressive and seems like a great addition to the 168lb division.
Milan Pratt (18-0, 15 KOs) stopped Stephen Danio (20-6-3, 7 KOs) in the second round to claim the vacant European middleweight title.
Brad, one of the best young players in France, was due to face the once beaten Abbas Barao. However, the long-awaited showdown fell through when Barao was injured and Tanio withdrew within a few weeks. Pratt, 23, was landed with a crushing left hook that hit Tanio badly in the back. Tanyu tried to get up but was cleverly stopped.
Hopefully, she will face Pratt and Barao in early 2023.
Amateur superstar Soufiane Umeha stopped Victor Julio with a right hook to the body in the second round of their six-round lightweight bout.
The 27-year-old Frenchman won gold at the 2017 and 2021 World Championships and silver at the 2016 Olympics. He turned pro earlier this year, going 3-0 (2 KOs) with the win, all losses to Julio (16-7). 8 ko).
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