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Lerena outboxes Golovashchenko for comfortable win

South African Kevin Lerena boxed his way to a comfortable 12 rounds unanimous points decision over German-based Ukrainian Roman Golovashchenko at the Sarhadci Olympic Center in Baku, Azerbaijan on Saturday night.

The 30-year-old Golovaschenko (86.60kg) 19-2-1nc; 17 was a big disappointment as he showed very little of his vaunted power (81% knockout ratio) by barrelling forward and holding his gloves high up on his face.

The scores were 116-111 and 115-112 twice, all in favour of Lerena. Lerena (90kg) possible won more rounds than reflected on the two 115-112 cards.

Lerena, 26, who improved his record to 21-1; 8 sustained a small out over his left eye but this was well controlled by his corner and never a factor in the fight.

The two 115-112 scorecards were not a true reflection of the fight even though the challenger came back strongly in the last two rounds. In round five, the champion dropped Golovaschenko to his knees with a straight southpaw left that left the challenger needing a count from referee Leszek J Kankowiak.

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A small but enthusiastic crowd enjoyed the fight despite the fact that it was not a very exciting bout.

This was a good solid win for Lerena who is listed at number six in the cruiserweight division by the WBA and at Number 4 by the IBF.

Lerena is not listed in the British Boxing News weekly independent rankings.

The WBC/WBO cruiserweight champion is Oleksandra Usk from the Ukraine and WBA/IBF champion is Murat Gassiev of Russia.

A match-up with any one of the aforementioned fighters would be a true test for Lerena.


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