Looking at the opening bout on ShoBox’s tripleheader on Friday night, you would expect Alexey Zubov to have an incredible advantage in being the much taller fighter with an 8.5 inch reach advantage, but Constantin Behenaru had other plans.
Zubov was never able to find his range, aside from a freak knockdown in round seven.
But Bejenaru set the pace early, and took the action to Zubov, often lunging in to land combos on Zubov. Bejenaru was far more active, while Zubov threw countless piston-like jabs as a rangefinder, but hit nothing but air.
Aside from the one round, which Bejenaru would have won if not for the knockdown, it had been a shutout.
Zubov tried fighting off his back foot, and coming forward, but neither proved to be successful. If Zubov had better, quicker reflexes, he would’ve been able to catch Bejenaru on the way end as he came straight in.
Bejenaru’s lateral movement and athleticism gave him the advantage.
One judge had it 77-74, and the other two had it 78-73. I had it 78-73 on the Fight Scribe scorecard.