Rodriguez wins Super 4 Final

Edwin Rodriguez won the Super 4 series cruiserweight final in Monte Carlo on July 13. The American stopped Denis Grachev of Russia after 2 minutes and 50 seconds of the first round.

Rodriguez, who weighed in at 77.85 kg, came out firing from the opening bell and dropped Grachev with a left and a right to the head. The Russian went down again from a left hook soon afterwards. He beat the count for the second time but had to back off as the rampant Rodriguez moved in, throwing combinations to the head and backing his opponent up against the ropes until South African referee Stanley Christodoulou stopped the fight. Rodriguez improved his record 24-0, with 16 wins inside the distance, and Grachev dropped to 13-2-1; 8. The judges were Massimo Motanini, Massimo Baravechio and Jean Francis Toupin.

In the other big fight on the Golden Gloves bill at the Monaco venue Khabib Allakhverdiev retained his WBA “regular” super-lightweight and IBO junior welterweight titles when he beat Souleymane M’baye in the 11th round. Allakhverdiev remains unbeaten after 19 fights, including 9 short-cut wins. M’baye’s record dropped to 40-5-1; 22. In a fight that never rose to any heights Allakhverdiev, a 30-year-old from Russia, knocked down M’Baye, a 38-yearold southpaw Frenchman who used to hold the WBA belt, in the second and eighth rounds. He had the veteran against the ropes in the penultimate round, landing lefts and rights to the head, before referee Luis Pabon stopped the fight 2 minutes 22 seconds into the round.

MAKUBA IMPRESSES

Ilunga Makuba (89.15 kg) from the Democratic Republic of Congo impressed by beating Dmytro Kucher (89.95 kg) from the Ukraine by majority decision to win the vacant WBC “silver” cruiserweight belt. The scores were 115-113, 115-114 and 114-114. However, Makuba (15-1; 13) appeared to have won by wider margins. Kucher’s record dropped to 21-1; 15.

In the opening bout Max Bursak (72.10 kg) of the Ukraine retained his European Boxing Union middleweight title by beating Prince Arron (72.30 kg) of England by wide margins over 12 rounds. Arron was down for counts in rounds eight and nine and the scores were 116- 109, 119-106 and 117-108. Bursak improved his record to 27-1-1; 12 and Arron dropped to 23-5-1; 5.

The tournament was presented by Rodney Berman of Golden Gloves Promotions.