#15 WBC heavyweight fringe contender Andriy Rudenko (31-2, 19 KOs) defeated 32-year-old American journeyman Jason Bergman (26-13-2, 17 KOs) by a one-sided 10 round unanimous decision on Saturday night at the Olympic Football Stadium of Kiev, Ukraine. The 6’0 ½” Rudenko won by the judges’ scores of 100-90, 100-90 and 100-90. It was a good win for the 33-year-old Rudenko, who successfully defended his WBC International Silver heavyweight title with his victory over Bergman.
The fight was delayed twice with rope problems, which probably helped the heavyset Bergman by letting him get rest breaks. Overall, the delays didn’t change the overall outcome of the fight. Bergman was clearly out of his league against the Ukrainian Rudenko, and he was going to lose the fight no matter what happened. It was a mismatch.
For Rudenko, it was his seventh straight victory since losing to unbeaten Hughie Fury in February of 2015. Rudenko didn’t have the height or the reach to compete against the 6’6” Hughie, and he ended up losing that fight by a wide 10 round unanimous decision. Since that fight, Rudenko has beaten Shalva Jomardashvali, Vaclav Pejsar, Konstantin Airich, Mike Mollo, Marcelo Luiz Nascimento, Tornike Purichamiashvili and Berman. Those are not particularly good opponents, to be honest. However, Rudenko’s win over the hard hitting 36-year-old Mollo stands out as a relatively good win, as the American packs some pop in his punches still. The only thing that has kept Mollo from having a good career is his punch resistance. He’s been stopped a number of times during his 16-year pro career by the likes of Artur Szpilka [twice], DaVarryl Williamson and now Rudenko.
Where Rudenko goes from here is the big question. He’s got a lot of boxing skills, and decent power. Rudenko gave the big punching Lucas Browne a lot of problems in losing to him by a narrow 12 round unanimous decision in August 2014. Browne was bloodied by Rudenko, and he appeared to be staggered once in the fight. That match showed that Rudenko has the talent to compete at the top level of the heavyweight division. Rudenko just needs a little more punching power to make up for his lack of size. Rudenko needs to make some tweaks to his game for him to be able to compete against the taller heavyweights with more pop in their punches.
Other results on the card:
Karen Chukhadzhyan UD 8 Nikolozi Tasidis Gviniashvili
Khasan Baysangurov TKO 5 Baxrom Payazov
Aram Faniyan UD 6 Giorgi Abramishvili
Stanyslav Skorokhod KO 2 Dmytro Semernin
Shamil Galaev UD 6 Valentyn Piven
Roman Naumenko SD 6 Ivan Minenko
Marat Kulumbegov UD 6 Volodymyr Romanenko
Mekhrubon Sanginov RTD 2 Siarhei Krapshyla