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Arsen Goulamirian retains WBA cruiserweight belt, decisions Aleksei Egorov in France

Arsen Goulamirian retained his WBA cruiserweight title against mandatory challenger Aleksei Egorov by 12-round unanimous decision at La Palsestre in Le Cannet, France.

The French-based Armenian fighter, who was making his first ring appearance since December 2019, used his strong jab to dictate the early rounds. 

Goulamirian, 35, had been due to face Egorov last December before testing positive whilst in Russia for Covid. That lead to the cancellation and then an extended delay. 

The previously unbeaten Egorov, who hadn’t competed in 20-months, took some heavy blows in the middle rounds and held on in the later rounds to see out the fight.

It was no surprise when the scorecards were read out that Goulamirian was the winner, 117-111, 116-112 and 116-112.

Hopefully now Goulamirian (27-0, 18 knockouts) will be more active and add more depth to the cruiserweight division. Egorov (11-1, 7 KOs) showed enough to suggest he could come again.

In chief support, reigning European super middleweight titlist Kevin Lele Sadjo (19-0, 17 KOs) proved far too good for Emre Cukur (19-2-1, 3 KOs) stopping the German in the seventh-round.

The 32-year-old dominated Cukur from the opening bell and put a slow beatdown on his opponent throughout the first half of the fight before dropping him in round seven. Although Cukur made it to his feet he was stopped by the referee soon afterwards.

Sadjo had won the European title last December but due to promotional issues with his old promoter was sidelined. The short, stocky fighter is very aggressive and looks an exciting addition to the 168-pound division. 

Milan Prat (18-0, 15 KOs) impressively stopped Stephen Danyo (20-6-3, 7 KOs) in the second round to win the vacant European junior middleweight title.

Prat, who is one of France’s best young hopes, had been due to face once-beaten Abass Baraou. However, that eagerly anticipated encounter fell out when Baraou was injured and Danyo stepped in at a couple of weeks’ notice. Prat, 23, landed a crushing left hook that dropped Danyo heavily on his back. Although Danyo tried to get to his feet the action was wisely called off. 

Hopefully, Prat and Baraou can face each other in early 2023.

Amateur standout Sofiane Oumiha stopped Victor Julio in the second round of their scheduled six-round lightweight contest with a right hook to the body. 

The 27-year-old Frenchman won gold at the 2017 and 2021 World Championships and silver at the 2016 Olympics. He turned professional earlier this year and with this win moved to 3-0 (2 KOs), while Julio drops to (16-7, 8 KOs).

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Questions and/or comments can be sent to Anson at [email protected].

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