The second battle of Siesta Promotions Kold Wars 2 was held in Minsk, Belarus yesterday. The main event saw Former Russian world champion, Eduard ‘The Eagle’ Troyanovsky take on ‘Le Lion’ Renald ‘Le Lion’ Garrido.
Joining these two ‘Animals’ on the aptly named show in the ‘so-called’ politically tense nation of Belarus, was an eight round contest between Germaine Brown (8-0) and Dmitry Chudinov (21-6-3), with the co-main event bringing us an all-Russian battle between Elnur Samedov (10-1) and Alexander Podolsky (11-1).
The setting of this surreal and highly entertaining Siesta Boxing project was the Falcon Club, situated in the Minsk Marriott Hotel.
It was sadly another crowd-less show, however the fighters teams and family members along with staff working on the event had managed to gather a couple of hundred people. The Belarusian Boxing federation also included two very well known names within British boxing circles; Siarhei Khamitski and Siarhei Rabchanka.
The evening started with local lad Yauheni Dauhaliavets (2-0) dismantling the Ukrainian Vladyslav Baranov (6-8-2) within the early stages on the contest.
Baranov overwhelmed by the power and assertiveness of the Belarusian fighter, going down once before a stoppage in the second round after many relentless attacks to the body and head of the Ukrainian.
The Night Wolf, Dmitry Chudinov was up next against British fighter Germaine ‘GMAN’ Brown.
It was a true ‘Master Vs Student’ fight on paper, with Brown taking a huge step up in class, having only ever gone 6 rounds in his so far short career, compared to that of Chudinov, amassing 30 pro fights, including a WBA Interim title reign and having also shared the ring with Chris Eubank Jr.
Brown looked sharp, stunning Chudinov in the second, going on to drop the Russian in the third round via a pin-perfect right hand to the jaw of Chudinov.
The Russian falling flat on his chest jumped up quickly after only two or three seconds.
It was pretty much one way traffic for Brown, apart from round seven, where he did seem to switch off ever so slightly.
However, he took command of the eighth and final round, winning the fight by a wide unanimous-decision.
Kazak Akat Zhantursynov (4-0) continued the action in a short-lived contest against Belarusian, Ruslan Rodzivich (15-29).
The native crumbled after an accurate and powerful right hand to chin. Rodzivich failed to get to his feet, as Al Siesta’s newest cruiserweight recruit looks set for an entertaining career.
Elnur Samedov (10-1) was up next to take on Alexander Podolsky (11-1) over ten rounds in an all-Russian affair.
Podolsky started the quicker with a flash knockdown over Samedov in the first round.
Samedov’s aggressive pressure finally paid dividends when the referee stopped the contest in round eight, with Podolsky pressed up against the ropes with no reply to Samedov’s barrage of punches.
The 29-year-old was aggrieved with the decision, frustratingly asking to continue once the fight was waved off.
To end a great night of action, Renald Garrido faced Eduard Troyanovsky.
The first three rounds we saw a mostly controlled turn of events for the Russian, until ‘Le Lion’ burst into action trying to seriously rough his opponent in round four, with Troyanovsky seemingly struggling with Garrido’s aggressive, all-action style, appearing to want the KO for the rest of the bout.
Troyanovsky was in some serious trouble for the next two rounds, even succumbing to a knockdown, for it to be called a disputed slip from the referee, turning the ten round bout into an extremely close contest.
However, the Russian regained composure and did well to contain the Frenchman in the second half of the fight. Two judges scored in favour of Troyanovsky, with one calling it a draw. “I gave it to Troyanovsky by a round or two!” Said a jovial Renald Garrido straight after the fight.
The Kold Wars project from Al Siesta and Siesta Boxing has seen a moving of the goalposts, throwing away the notion of stacked predictable cards and replacing it with less quantity and more quality. Siesta’s vision and philosophy of 50/50 fights is well underway in the city of Minsk, with the promotional company now having five shows to its name in Belarus.
Eagles, lions and night wolfs gave the show some real character. Al Siesta appears to be heading in the right direction with his ambitious vision, with a vast amount of dates to be released very soon. A show called Kold Wars in a politically hostile environment, these shows have some real mystic. A long way to go for the reasonably young organisation, but a long way has already been past too. Check out our full post-fight interview with Al Siesta below.