Using his incredible left hand punching power, WBC #4, IBF #10, WBO #13 cruiserweight Dmitry “The Russian Hammer” Kudryashov (20-1, 20 KOs) defeated WBA #12, WBC #14 Santander Silgado (27-4, 21 KOs) by a 1st round knockout last Saturday night at the MegaSport Arena in Moscow, Russia.
The 31-year-old Kudryashov backed Silgado up against the ropes and dropped him with a left hook to the head. A badly hurt Silgado got back to his feet and continued fighting, but he was immediately dropped a second time with another powerful left hook from Kudryashov. This time, Silgado was out cold and unable to get up a second time. The referee Guadalupe Garcia had to then assist Silgado, who was flat on his back and very, very hurt. The official time of the stoppage was at 1:34 of the 1st round.
The victory for Kudryashov gives him the vacant World Boxing Council Silver cruiserweight title. That’s a good title, because it puts Kudryashov on the path of a title shot in the future against WBC cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew if he can hold onto his belt long enough for the two of them to face each other. I not, then Kudryashov will challenge whoever the champion is by the time he gets his title shot.
Kudryashov picks up his second consecutive win. In Kudryashov’s previous fight, he defeated Cesar Dos Santos by a 5th round knockout victory last May. Kudryashov is steadily improving since being stopped in the 2nd round last year in November 2015 by the hard hitting Olanewaju Durodola. That was a fight in which Kudryashov made the mistake of going to war with a big puncher in Durodola.
Kudryashov’s slow hand speed was taken advantage of by Durodola, who kept nailing him with fast power shots over and over again until the fight was halted in the 2nd round. Kudryashov’s lack of hand speed and his tendency to brawl with his opponents will be a problem for him in the future unless he can develop some finesse and some boxing skills to his game. Kudryashov won’t be able to obliterate all of his opponents like he did against the hapless 31-year-old Silgado last Saturday night.
Kudryashov has the power to be a champion at cruiserweight, but he needs to learn how to box and defend, because he’s still too one-dimensional at this point in his career. If Kudryashov gets in there against a champion like Oleksandr Usyk, he could find that he doesn’t have the ability to get to his chin like he did against Silgado. Usyk would out-box Kudryashov and likely stop him. It’s good news that Kudryashov is on the path of fighting WBC champion Bellew, because he’s clearly the weak link amount the current cruiserweight champions in the division.
The results of the Kudryashov-Silgado fight shows that Kudryashov is ready to be put in with someone a little bit better in terms of contenders. Kudryashov is steadily improving his boxing skills. He just needs a little more seasoning before he challenges for a world title. The power is already there for Kudryashov. He just needs more world on his skills. It should be interesting to see where Kudryashov goes in 2017.