Former WBA and IBF cruiserweight world champion “Iron” Murat Gassiev (28-1, 21 KOs), now competing at heavyweight, scored a fourth round TKO over Michael Wallisch (22-5, 15 KOs) on Thursday at the Dynamo Volleyball Arena in Moscow, Russia. Gassiev started slow, but it was only a matter of time. Late in round four, he sent Wallisch down with a right hand. Wallisch seemingly survived, but the bout was stopped. Time 3:00. With the win, Gassiev claimed the vacant WBA Asia title. All five of Wallisch’s losses have been by KO.
WBA gold super flyweight beltholder Mikhail Aloyan (7-1, 1 KO) outpointed Yohana Mchanya (12-3, 10 KOs) over ten rounds. Mchanya was the aggressor for much of the fight, but judges preferred the work of 2016 Olympic medalist Aloyan to the tune of 99-91 3x.
2016 Olympic featherweight medalist Vladimir Nikitin finally got the first pro KO on his record. Nikitin (5-1-1, 1 KO) pretty much teed off on late sub Rauf Aghayev (31-10, 14 KOs) the whole way and Aghayev didn’t come out for round four. Nikitin is best known for his controversial decision over Mick Conlan in the last Olympics, which Conlan avenged in the pros.
Super welterweight Ricardo Ruben Villalba (20-4-1, 8 KOs) won by fourth round DQ over Edgar Ghukasyan (8-3-1, 3 KOs) to claim the vacant WBA Asia belt. After multiple headbutts Ghukasyan was chased after another headbutt left Villalba unable to continue.
Middleweight Edgard Moskvichev (13-1-2, 3 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over Andrey Kalyuzhnyy (14-4, 12 KOs) for the Russian domestic title.
Unbeaten featherweight Andranik Grigoryan (14-0, 3 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over Nathanael Kakololo (11-2-1, 4 KOs). No scores were announced.