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Andreev Stops Evans and Futa KOs Sarukhanyan
Pictured: New WBO International Lightweight Champion Roman Andreev

On the undercard of the Murat Gassiev-Yunier Dorticos world cruiserweight title unification bout, lightweights Roman Andreev and Hurricane Futa, both not currently ranked by TTR, scored victories which may propel them into TTR's rankings.

Saturday, February 3, 2018-

Adler Microdistrict, Adlersky City District, Sochi, Krasnodar Krai, Russia-

Vacant WBO International Lightweight Title-
Roman Andreev (WBO #3, WBA #5, IBF #5, WBC #38; 21-0, 15 KOs)
TKO-9 1:19
Craig Evans (WBO #6; 17-2-2, 3 KOs)
- Evans' WBO Europe title was not on the line.
- Andreev ended the competitive contest with an uppercut followed by a solid four-punch combination of hooks and crosses.

WBC International Lightweight Title-
Hurricane Futa (24-7-1, 15 KOs)
KO-7 2:42
Champion Vage Sarukhanyan (WBC #12; 17-2-1, 4 KOs)
- Despite having been decked in the third round, Sarukhanyan was ahead on points and in control going into the seventh round.
- In the seventh, Sarukhanyan pinned Futa on the ropes only to have the veteran challenger snatch victory while on the verge of defeat. Futa ended the bout by dropping Sarukhanyan with a devastating left hook to the jaw.
Article By: Ken Pollitt