World Boxing Association

Bayzangurov retains WBA IC title

By Julio Thyme 20/12/2009

WBA Inter-Continental Super welterweight champion Zaurbek Baysangurov (23-1, 17 KOs) retained his title by fifth round TKO against Frank Shabani (18-2-0, 6 ??s) on Saturday night at the Sport Palace Yunost in Zaporizhia, Ukraine. Zaurbek Baysangurov vs. Frank Shabani title bout headlined huge boxing fight card billed «World Boxing in Zaporizhia. Champions league held by K2 East Promotions promotional company of Klitschko brothers in this Ukrainian city in the southeast of Ukraine.

Shabani suffered a left hand injury and after he complained to ref about it for the second time during the break before round 6 the third man in the ring waved the bout off declaring Baysangurov the winner.

Starting from the beginning of round 1 Baysangurov was the aggressor being a bigger man in the squared circle. However, Shabani won the first stanza due to several fast combinations which he managed to throw at his rival while counterpunching. In round 2 Baysangurov started using his left hand more often which quickly resulted in several good punches which accurately landed mainly on contender’s head.

Shabani after having felt his opponent’s punching power decreased his counter attacks to some extent; however, he had his good moments in the round too.

In round 3 Zaurbek was even more dominating and after the round Shabani complained to his corner that he had just injured his left hand.

During next two rounds Baysangurov effectively utilized his jab which he from time to time combined with huge left hooks and completely overpowered Shabani who could not use his left hand 100% due to pain in it.
During the break between rounds 5 and 6 the German fighter complained about his injury again and referee Jose Ignacio Martinez stopped the bout.