Peter-Quillin-vs-Konecny-rob-carr-gettyPeter Quillin (L) throws an uppercut at Lukas Konecny on the April 19 undercard of Bernard Hopkins vs. Beibut Shumenov in Washington, D.C. Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images.

WASHINGTON — WBO middleweight titleholder Peter Quillin had made a point that he would be after what would be his 13th knockdown over his last five fights, if not a stoppage over challenger Lukas Konecny.

Although Quillin (31-0, 22 knockouts) got neither against Konecny (50-5, 23 KOs), who never has been stopped, he unanimously decisioned his man — 119-109, 119-109 and 120-108 — on Saturday night at the D.C. Armory on Showtime.

Quillin had Konecny bleeding from the nose in the eighth, and from over the right eye in the 10th, but his fight drew little in the way of reaction from fans until they began to boo him in the 10th.

“He was a tough customer and came to fight, and that’s what the fans want to see. I’m here to inspire kids. That’s my mission and goal. We can always throw more jabs. There are tons of things that I can do. I will go back home and watch the tape and see what else I need to do.”

“I was looking for a knockout, but it didn’t happen. If Danny Jacobs is next, let’s do it. I’m also interested in fighting the winner of Sergio Martinez and Miguel Cotto, or Julio Cesar Chavez and Gennady Golovkin.”

Quillin-Konecny was the opening bout of a tripleheader whose main event matches IBF light heavyweight beltholder Bernard Hopkins (54-6-2, 32 knockouts) against WBA counterpart Beibut Shumenov (14-1, 9 KOs). Between Quillin-Konecny and Hopkins-Shumenov is a welterweight bout between IBF titleholder Shawn Porter (23-0-1, 14 KOs) and Paulie Malignaggi (33-5, 7 KOs).

A 35-year old making his debut on American soil, having fought mostly in his home country, the Czech Republic, Konecny was after his third straight win since falling by unanimous decision to Zaurbek Baysangurov by unanimous decision in 2012.

In succession, Quillin had floored Winky Wright once during a unanimous decision in June 2012, dropped Hassan N’Dam six times during a unanimous decision for the belt in October of that year, scored four knockdowns in a seventh-round knockout of Fernando Guerrero last April, and one more in during a 10th-round stoppage of Gabriel Rosado in October.

Quillin was workmanlike, but not dazzling against Konecny, whom he out-landed, 403-to-197.

“There was nothing that I didn’t expect. I would have expected a harder fight. Quillin is a good champion and a good fighter, but not a great one,” said Konecny. “He definitely beat. I hope to continue to fight in America.”

Quillin out-landed Konecny, 32-6, in the first round, where the challenger approached behind a high-guard — elbows tucked in close and his fists high around each of his ears — but rarely punched.

Konecny drove home a couple of nice uppercuts in the second round, where he was, nevertheless, outworked yet again.Konecny had more success in the third, where he occasionally trapped Quillin on the ropes and landed uppercuts and overhand rights against the countering Quillin.

In the fourth, Quillin kept the fight more in the center of the ring, pumping his jab with success and driving home the occasional body blow. Quillin spun off the ropes nicely during one exchange, and at round’s end walked to a neutral corner and shouted something to fellow middleweight Danny Williams, who was working as a ringside commentator.

The fifth and sixth rounds were more of the same, with Quillin going more to the body. By the seventh, it was clear that Konecny was feeling the body shots and uppercuts as he wobbled, noticeably, back to his corner at round’s end. The eighth was mostly one-sided for Quillin, who bloodied Konecny’s nose with a hard right hand in the middle of it. The ninth was more of the same.

Date:  Saturday, April 19, 2014

WBO Middleweight Championship Title Bout

Location:  DC Armory, Washington, District of Columbia, USA

Promoter:  Golden Boy Promotions

Supervisor:  John Duggan, Esq.

Referee:  Kenny Chevalier

Judges:  Bill Lerch (119-109); Michael Pernick (119-109); Steve Rados (120-109)

Result:   Peter Quillin retains WBO Middleweight Title with a Unanimous Decision over Lukas Konecny.



By Lem Satterfield –

A Showtime-televised 175-pound unification bout between Bernard  Hopkins and Beibut Shumenov will be supported by Peter Quillin’s third defense of his WBO middleweight title against Lukas Konecny on April 19. The card will take place at the DC Armory in Washington.

“The fans in D.C. have been enthusiastic and supportive of the sport whenever we’ve brought an event there, and I know they will love this championship doubleheader,” said Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer, in a release.

“Bernard Hopkins continues to amaze everyone with his performances in the ring, but when he faces Shumenov, he’ll have to pull out all his veteran tricks to keep his amazing streak going. This may be the toughest test he’s faced at light heavyweight.”

In his last fight, Hopkins, 49, unanimously decisioned Karo Murat in defense of the IBF belt he won by unanimous decision over Tavoris Cloud to extend his own record as the oldest man to win a significant crown.

Hopkins first set the record at the age of 46 by outpointing Jean Pascal for the WBC’s title in May of 2011 before losing the belt to Chad Dawson by majority decsion a year later.

During an interview with last month, Hopkins said he was “itching” for a knockout, “because I haven’t had a knockout since 2004, when I knocked out Oscar De La Hoya,” referring to a ninth-round stoppage in September of that year.

Hopkins (54-6-2, 32 knockouts) has history in the D.C. area, having made his first attempt at winning a title there, falling by unanimous decision to Roy Jones Jr. at RFK Stadium in 1993.

But Hopkins later won the IBF middleweight title in nearby Landover, by seventh-round knockout over Segundo Mercado in 1995.

Hopkins went on to defend the crown a record 20 times before losing to Jermain Taylor in 2005. He made his last appearance in D.C. with a seventh-round technical knockout of Robert Allen in 1999.

“It’s no secret that my one of my biggest goals has been to unify the titles, and getting to do that in a city where I have a lot of history is the best-case scenario,” said Hopkins.

“I’m coming back to break another record by unifying the title, and I’m looking to get my first knockout since I fought Oscar De La Hoya in 2004. I know Shumenov is tough, but I’m tougher and I’m not going to let him make a name for himself by being the one to stop me.”

Hopkins was ringside in December when Shumenov (14-1, 9 KOs) ended an 18-month absence by scoring a third-round stoppage of Tomas Kovacs for the fifth defense of his WBA belt.

A 30-year-old native of Kazakhstan now living in Las Vegas, Shumenov avenged his only loss by beating Gabriel Campillo for the title in 2009.

In doing so, Shumenov established a record for the light heavyweight division by defeating Campillo in just his 10th professional bout. He made his first defense six months later with a unanimous decision over Vyacheslav Uzelkov, who had knocked out Campillo in 2007.

Shumenov will be making his first trip to D.C.

“I am very excited that the fight is going to happen against one of the greatest fighters ever,” said Shumenov. “I am going to do everything possible and impossible to get the victory.”

In his last three fights, including two defenses of the title he won fighting Hassan N’Dam in 2012, Quillin (30-0, 22 KOs) has scored a combined 11 knockdowns.

“I can’t wait to get back in the ring and defend my title once again,” said Quillin, 30.  “I’m excited to be fighting in front of the great fans in D.C. and I will give them a show on April 19. Konecny is an experienced challenger, and you can’t overlook anyone with 50 wins, but I’m going home with the title, and I’ll be looking for another knockout.”

A 35-year-old former title challenger who never has been stopped, Konecny (50-4, 23 KOs) will be after his third straight win since falling by unanimous decision to Zaurbek Baysangurov by unanimous decision in 2012.

“I have a lot more experience than Quillin, and the fans will see that on April 19,” said Konecy, who has fought mostly in his home country, the Czech Republic.

“This is my first fight in the U.S. and I don’t plan on going home without that belt. Every fighter dreams of fighting for and winning a world championship, and I am thankful for the chance to do that against Peter Quillin.”



Date: October 6, 2012

WBO Jr. Middleweight Championship Title Bout

Location: Sport Palace, Kiev, Ukraine

Promoter: K2 Promotions Ukraine

Supervisor: John Duggan

Referee: Genaro Rodriguez

Judges: Mickey Vann (119-109), Matteo Montella (117-111), Lahcen Oumghar (118-110)

Result: Bayasangurov won by unanimous decision.

A semblance of sanity will be restored to the WBO’s chaotic light-middleweight situation on Saturday evening when Ukrainian based champion Zaurbek Baysangurov collides with interim king Lukas Konecny of the Czech Republic in a potential barnburner at the Sports Palace in Kiev.

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It promises to be top quality fare from the Eastern European rivals who have both held the continental crown after meritable amateur careers.

The 27 year old Baysangurov, born in Achkhoy-Martan, Russia, enters as a 2-1 on favourite. He is the younger man by seven years and, effectively fighting on home turf – his three ‘world’ title fights have all taken place in the Ukraine. At 5ft 101/2in tall, he holds a sway in height and reach and with 20 stoppages on his 28 fight CV, he certainly appears the heavier hitter.

A former Russian junior champion, Baysangurov first surfaced as a talent to monitor when he bagged bronze medals at the 2001 World Cadets and 2002 World Junior meets.

He was still a teenager when he joined the profession in June 2004, signing with German mob Sauerland Events. Appearing in the Ukraine, Russia, Belarus and Germany early doors, he made swift progress and, within a dozen gigs, had won IBF Youth titles at both 160 and 154lbs, successfully defending the later on two occasions.

However, the first real indication that he might become a future force on the world scene occurred in September 2006 when, still only 21, he rose from a first round knockdown to comprehensively school mallet-fisted Mexican Marco Antonio Rubio (a future two weight WBC title challenger) over 12, at tomorrow evening’s venue.

In his next start, ‘Zaur’ picked up the vacant European crown with a tight but unanimous decision over decent Frenchman Hussein Bayram in Cologne and he twice retained that honour with stoppage wins.

The sole blemish on his slate came back in December 2008 when Detroit’s Cornelius Bundrage, now the IBF title holder, smashed him in five in Mannheim.

He re-grouped and is unbeaten in eight since, capturing WBA InterContinental, IBO, WBO interim and WBO belts en route. He required just 51 seconds to dispatch veteran Brazilian southpaw Mike Miranda to garner that ‘interim’ bauble (July 2011) and upgraded to the full WBO crown ten months later, when climbing off the carpet in round two to conquer France’s previously unbeaten Michel Soro over 12. Currently trained by Abel Sanchez over in California, his record presently rests at 27-1 but lacks marquee names.

Home fans might be more familiar with Czech challenger Konecny. The 34-year-old smashed Manchester’s Mathew Hall in six for the vacant European title at Birmingham’s NIA in September 2010, then became the first Czech in history to deliver a ‘world’ title belt to the Republic by impressively bashing up French Algerian Salim Larbi in seven rounds to nab the WBO ‘interim’ crown at his homeland’s Vodova Arena, Brno last April. He had previously been scheduled to challenge Bansangurov in Kiev last March but the Ukrainian withdrew with a back injury.

The Czechs may have a rather shallow fistic history but there is no mistaking that Konecny is a top grade operator. A 257 bout amateur career saw him collect a European Junior silver medal plus bronzes at two world championships (Budapest 1997 and Houston 1999) prior to competing at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

Since turning pro with Ulf Steinforth’s SES operation over in Germany in June 2001, where he is coached by Dirk Dzemski in Magdeburg, the father of three has compiled imposing 48-3 stats en route to collecting the German International, EU, European plus WBO and IBF InterContinental  and WBO ‘interim’  belts at 11 stone. Twenty-three victims have fallen early.

All three reverses on his card came on foreign climes and in good class. In 2004, Spaniard Ruben Varon, who gave Matthew Macklin a very stiff argument for the European middleweight crown, edged past Konecny on a 10 round split in his home city of Madrid. Two years later, Italy’s Michele Piccirillo, a one time IBF welter champ, climbed off the canvas to unanimously outscore the Czech over 12 in a European championship fight in Lombardia, Italy.

Konecny’s most recent setback came in April 2008 when, in a prior crack at the WBO belt, Serhiy Dzinziruk, a 6ft southpaw born in the Ukraine but based in Hamburg, edged past him on a contentious 12 round majority in Dresden. The compact 5ft 8in Czech has been victorious in 12 straight since, including three European championship affairs plus that WBO ‘interim’ spat. British fans shall be aware of his quality from the manner in which he sucked Hall’s sting then wiped him out with a serious of very clinical volleys.

There is plenty to admire about Konecny and he is certainly a very ‘live’ challenger. However, age, size and location all favour Baysangurov and I expect him to retain by decision, just, after a dozen hotly debated rounds.

By: Glynn Evans

In two weeks, on Oct. 6, WBO light middleweight titleholder Zaurbek Baysangurov (27-1, 20 KOs) will put his belt at risk for the second time since being crowned the champion by the World Boxing Organization. Baysangurov fights possibly the biggest opponent in his career in experienced Czech perennial contender Lukas Konecny (48-3, 23 KOs) at the Kiev’s Palace of Sport in Ukraine; the show being promoted by K2 with assistance of the SES-Boxing (led by Ulf Steinforth).

Meanwhile, the undercard of the event is slowly being composed by the organizers. The tournament will feature a comeback of Sergey Fedchenko (30-2, 13 KOs), a 31-year old Ukrainian stylist, who is best known for his spirited although one-sided loss on points to Juan Manuel Marquez this April.

Other notable names to watch after will be former WBO Europe light middleweight champion Dmitry Nikulin (24-1, 8 KOs), super middleweight upset artist Olexander Cherviak (9-2-1, 3 KOs) and undefeated heavyweight Andriy Rudenko (20-0, 12 KOs). Prospects Vitaliy Nevesioly (12-1, 7 KOs), Dmytro Semernin (9-0, 3 KOs) and Igor Pankevich are also scheduled to take their parts in the evening. Opponent for all aforementioned fighters will be named soon. The card is also planned to feature several of SES-Boxing fighters.

By Alexey Sukachev and Dmitry Mikhalchuk–57461

The World Boxing Organization has given Zauerbek Baysangurov and Lukas Konecny until June 4th to reach an agreeement – or else a purse bid will be ordered.  Baysangurov (27-1, 20KOs), the WBO’s junior middleweight champion, retained the title last Saturday in Brovari with a twelve round decision over Michel Soro. Konecky became the WBO’s interim-champion and mandatory challenger in April when he stopped Salim Larbi in seven rounds.

If it goes to purse bid, the minimum acceptable bid is $200,000, and the purse division shall not be greater than an 80/20 and shall be calculated by the championship committee using a ratio based upon the average purse of each fighter’s last three (3) fights.


By Osman Rodriguez

In a clash for the vacant interim WBO jr middleweight title, former European champion and hometown favorite Lukas Konecny (48-3, 23 KOs) took advantage of his long awaited world title fight by scorng a seventh round KO over Salim Larbi (17-2-1, 4 KOs) on Thursday night at the Vodova Arena in Brno, Czech Republic. Konecny pressured Larbi from the opening bell. In round three, both fighters stood toe-to-toe with Konecny getting the better of it, although he came out of it with cuts over the left eye and the bridge of the nose. That was pretty much Larbi’s last hurrah as the cuts spurred Konecny to up his aggression even more in rounds four and five. A right hand to the body in the seventh finally put Larbi on the deck and as referee Andre Van Grootenbruel reached the count of ten.

Long time mandatory challenger Konecny was originally slated to face WBO jr middleweight champion Zaurbek Baysangurov last month in Kiev, Ukraine, but Baysangurov suffered a back injury in training shortly before the fight. Last year Konecny had a title shot against then-WBO champion Serhiy Dzinziruk canceled an injury in training shortly before the fight.


By Karl Freitag
Photos: Eroll Popova

Here is a photo gallery of the public workout in Brno, Czech Republic, where locals hope Lukas Konecny will be their first professional world champion when he takes on Salim Larbi for the vacant WBO interim light middleweight world championship.

In the co-feature, WBO female middleweight world champion Christina Hammer takes on Queen Tshabalala.


Photos: Team SES

WBO junior middleweight champion Zaurbek Baysangurov has suffered an injury, and his scheduled fight against mandatory challenger Lukas Konecny, on March 10th in Ukraine, has been canceled. The champion injured his back during a sparring session. Baysangurov-Konecny will get rescheduled to a new date, but everything depends on the amount of time needed for Baysangurov’s rehabilitation period.


By Alexey Sukachev


K2 Promotions of Klitschko brothers in associations with SES-Boxing of Ulf Steinforth begin the new season of boxing in Ukraine! WBO junior middleweight champion Zaurbek Baysangurov (26-1, 20 KOs) will defend his title in a match with Lukas Konecny (47-3, 22 KOs) on the 10th of March 10 in the Terminal Ice Palace, Brovary. The boxing event will be presented by Khortytsa TM and Inter Media Group.

The fight promises to be an intriguing encounter, as the ring will be shared by two strongest representatives of the junior middleweight division. Baysangurov and Konecny have not lost since 2008.


26-years old Chechen Baysangurov of K2 Promotions debuted in professional ranks in 2004 and very soon gained the reputation of one of the hottest prospects in the division. The real triumph for Baysangurov became his victory over Mexican puncher Marco Antonio Rubio in 2006 in Kyiv. In 2007 Zaurbek won the European title and defended it two times. But in December 2008 young Chechen stumbled one step from world championship fight when lost by technical knockout to Cornelius Bundrage of United States. Shortly after defeat Zaur came back to the ring and scored seven consecutive victories, six of them by knockout, defeating such strong opponents as Eromosele Albert and Richard Gutierrez. In summer 2011 in Odessa, Ukraine, Baysangurov won interim WBO junior middleweight title with a quick victory in the first round over Brazilian Mike Miranda.


Last fall WBO junior middleweight champion at the time Sergiy Dzinziruk was stripped of the title, as he has not fight in his division since May 2010 and due to the injury was forced to withdraw from the mandatory defense against Lukas Konecny. According to the decision of WBO Baysangurov was given the status of world champion in this weight, and was obligated to meet Lukas Konecny in his next fight.

For the past six years 33-years old Konecny belongs to the elite of the junior middleweights and because of his achievements is the best fighter in the Czech boxing history regardless of weight categories. In 2008 Konecny fought for WBO world title against Sergiy Dzinziruk and lost by controversial majority decision. Since then, the Czech scored eleven wins in eleven battles, including winning the European belt and two successful defenses of this title.

In the undercard boxing fans will be able to see another title fight when WBO and WBF middleweight champion Christine Hammer (11-0, 7 KOs) will defend her belts against Quinn Shabalaly (4-1-1, 1 KO) of South Africa.

К2 Promotions kicks off the new boxing year with the new partner! Since February 2012 Khortytsa TM – the absolute quality is the official partner of the boxing events promoted by Klitschko brothers’ promotional company in Ukraine.

Bosco Ukraine is a sports partner of the show!

Ukrainian channel Inter will televise, starting at 11:05 PM.


It’s official. According to K2 Promotions, WBO light middleweight beltholder Zaurbek Baysangurov (26-1, 20 KOs) will put his title at risk on March 10 at Terminal Entertainment Center in Brovary, Ukraine, against dangerous Czech opponent and WBO obligatory challenger Lukas Konecny (47-3, 22 KOs) in a real toss-up encounter. Both parties have reportedly signed the documents.

Both fighters are probably the best European representatives in this weight class and haven’t lost a fight since 2008, when Konecny (11 wins since that) dropped a close decision to then-champion Sergey Dzinziruk, and Kiev-based Russian Baysangurov (7 victories from the moment) was sensationally kayoed by veteran puncher Cornelius Bundrage. An official presser to announce the whole event will take place on February 22 in Kiev. K2 will promote the show.


By Dmitry Mikhalchuk and Alexey Sukachev


According to the recent interviews of both contestants, the much awaited showdown between the WBO light middleweight champion Zaurbek Baysangurov (26-1, 20 KOs) and his mandatory challenger and WBO #1 154lber Lukas Konecny (47-3, 22 KOs), of the Czech Republic, is possible for the tenth of March in Kiev, Ukraine. The agreement hasn’t been signed yet but both parties hope the official announcement will come very soon, after a few small discrepancies are solved.

Baysangurov, who is promoted by K2 Ukraine, was raised in his status from the WBO interim-title after WBO has stripped then-reigning champion Sergey Dzinziruk of his crown. Konecny, who gave a close fight to Dzinziruk in 2008 only to lose by way of a dubious majority decision, hasn’t lost since and now has eleven wins in a row.


By Alexey Sukachev

According to several media agencies, an agreement has been reached between K2 Promotions and Ulf Steinforth’s SES Boxing to arrange a fight between newly crowned WBO light middleweight champion Zaurbek Baysangurov (26-1, 20 KOs) and dangerous WBO #1 Czech opponent Lukas Konecny (47-3, 22 KOs).

The title affair will take place in February 2012 in Moscow, Grozny or Kiev and will be promoted by the Klitschko Brothers, who guide Zaurbek’s career. The winner should face former WBO king Sergey Dzinziruk (37-1, 23 KOs) in his first title defense. Dzinziruk has been stripped of the title recently for failing to defend it in over a year and a half since his drubbing of Australian Daniel Dawson.

Baysangurov, once a highly regarded boxer-puncher from Achkhoy-Martan in Chechnya, started his professional career in 2004, being just 19 years of age. In his fifteenth fight Baysangurov delivered probably the finest performance of his career so far, schooling Marco Antonio Rubio to almost a shutout decision. He then won European crown and defeated it twice. In December 2008, Baysangurov lost an upset TKO 5 to Cornelius Bundrage in the IBF eliminator. Bundrage went on to become a new holder of the red belt. Zaurbek bounced back with seven wins in a row (six by knockout). In July this year Baysangurov blitzed barely live Mike Miranda with a couple of shots to become the WBO interim champion. He was elevated to the full status later, after Dzinziruk had been stripped off.

Lukas Konecny, 33-year old perennial contender and possibly the greatest Czech boxer of all time, was close to dethroning Dzinziruk in March 2008 but was held to a very controversial split decision loss. He is 11-0, with 4 KOs, after that with two successful defenses of his European regalia.


By Dmitry Mikhalchuk and Alexey Sukachev