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Boxing In Ukraine: Senchenko Retains WBA Title In Donetsk

Monday night saw a good sized fight card take place at Lenin Square in Donetsk with WBA and European title bouts on tap.

WBA welter kingpin and local hero Viacheslav Senchenko, 31-0 (20), retained his belt for the second time with a tough defense against Venezuela's Charlie Jose Navarro, 18-4 (13).

Senchenko was pushed hard by the South American and while the 32 year old champion walked away with a 116-113, 115-113 and 115-113 unanimous decision, he struggled to gain the victory.

The result doesn't bode well for the longevity of Senchenko's title reign as the Donetsk resident has to date never been put in with a world class operator and his top WBA challengers, such as Mike Jones, Said Ouali and particularly Saul Alvarez, will likely represent an insurmountable threat.

Reigning European featherweight titlist Oleh Yefimovych, 18-2 (11), was capsized by former French title challenger Sofiane Takoucht, 20-1 (9), who posted a 116-112, 115-114 and 112-117 split decision victory after 12 rounds.

Yefimovych sees his four defense Continental reign snapped while southpaw Takoucht has now won four on the bounce.

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