Former WBA welterweight champion Vyacheslav Senchenko prepared for his big test against the UK’s Kell Brook in October by stopping Carlos Jerez in four rounds at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk.
Senchenko, 36, who ended Ricky Hatton’s career last November, looked like he was in for a rough night against the Argentinian after the first two rounds, but ultimately found his range and began hitting the target with his trademark stiff jab.
A dominant third round followed until a pounding combination in the fourth put Jerez down and the referee deemed him unable to continue despite the 34 year-old making it to his feet in time.
On top billing, Stas Kashtanov successfully defended his interim WBA middleweight belt against perennial nearly-man Jaime Barboza by dropping the Costa Rican for the count in the tenth round.
The 29 year-old improved his standout record to 31-1 in the process and moved closer to a shot at current title holder Gennady Golovkin, whilst Barboza dropped an eighth defeat and a fifth in his last seven.
Also on the card, light-heavyweight Ismayl Sillakh forced Konstantin Piternov to retire in six rounds and Artem Karpets won a 19th straight since turning pro with a unanimous win over Tobia Loriga at the Ukraine event.
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