Headlining arguably the most significant boxing fight card on Saturday Night, Super Middleweight contender Edwin Rodriguez chiseled out a quick stoppage victory to Russian bruiser Denis Grachev in only one round.
Rodriguez was a heavy favorite in the books going into this catchweight fight, but nobody could have expected something like this. Rodriguez’s unexpected tactic was to jump on Grachev from the first round — leaving him dazed and disoriented. He followed through with flying colors.
Promoter Lou Dibella said after his fighter’s win that he’d be jumping out to get him the biggest fights available. These could include a battle with British world champion Carl Froch, Danish star Mikkel Kessler, beltholder Sakio Bika, or many other options on the table.
In the televised supporting fight Russian WBA/IBO Light Welterweight titleholder Khabib Allakhvierdev stopped French based Soleyman M’Baye in a 12 round tear down. M’Baye was down in round 2, 8 before the finish and never seemed to get into the fight through twelve.
In a twelve-round Cruiserweight cracker Congo-born Ilunga “Junior” Makabu took a close majority decision over Dymtro Kutcher of the Ukraine. These brash fighters went to war for twelve rounds.
Maxim Bursak retained his European Middleweight title in the twelve round opening fight with a wide 12 round decision over Prince Aaron, who hit the deck twice and fell victim to the power of Bursak’s right hand many times in the fight.
The promoters, Rodney Berman and Lou Dibella, are hoping to return to Monte Carlo in December for a third professional boxing event.