Dynamo Moscow have whitewashed their Thai visitors 5-0 in the World Series of Boxing, which is the so far the only arena where Olympic and professional boxing come together.
It is a league where amateurs fight like pros, with no vests or headgear and no intention to score just points, but to throw real punches to hurt.
And it is also the only competition where punching like pros does not ban fighters from amateur Olympic boxing.
This time round the only Russian club in the league – Dynamo Moscow – faced opponents from Thailand, the Bangkok Elephants.
The first up in action were the bantamweights, with Dynamo captain, Eduard Abzalimov, taking on Jumroensan Satjapron.
The Russian 2010 European champion proved his class in style as he claimed a unanimous decision victory after a full five rounds of fighting.
“In the fifth round he was just running from me,” Abzalimov told RT. “If he had kept fighting toe to toe as he did before that, I would've definitely knocked him out. But I'm a counter-puncher, so when he started avoiding the fight, it just turned into a walk in the park for me.”
The clash of the lightweights saw the same outcome, with Dynamo's Vazgen Safaryants coming out on top.
Meanwhile, the Elephants failed to offer a fighter in middleweight and lost the light heavyweight bout fair and square.
That was how Dynamo took a 4-0 lead ahead of the most eye-catching clash of the night – the battle of the heavyweights, which produced a long-expected knock-out.
Vitaly Kudukhov was a whirlwind of punches and power in the ring, blazing through the Elephant's Anatoly Antonyuk to give Dynamo Moscow a straight 5-0 win.
“My personal purpose is to gain experience and get the feeling of what professional boxing is really like,” Kudukhov said. “This league is a perfect fit in that respect. My ultimate goal is to become the world heavyweight champion and I believe I will soon have what it takes. Amateur boxing is just a step on the way to the summit. The summit of real boxing.”
After the win, Dynamo Moscow sit second in their Group A, with 10 points, while the Elephants remain the competition’s worst team, yet to score a point.
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