Undefeated Cruiserweight Constantin Bejenaru Returns With
TKO Victory At Battle At The Boat 122
Tonight on the un-televised undercard of the SHOWTIME
televised “Battle at the Boat 122” at the Emerald Queen
Casino in Tacoma, Washington, cruiserweight contender
Constantin Bejenaru (14-0, 4 KOs) got back to business after
a year and a half away by pounding out a sixth-round TKO
(time 2:02) over Mexican veteran Jose Corral.
The southpaw Bejenaru looked sharp and won every minute of
the fight with his crisp, fast hands and excellent work to
the head and body.
“It felt good to be back,” said Bejenaru, “I’m happy that
I’m back in the title hunt and in good shape. After a year
and a half, I felt a little rusty for a little bit in the
beginning, but I came back pretty quick.”
Bejenaru says he’d have liked to go the full eight-round
distance but did enough to know he won’t be needing another
tune-up fight before getting back in the mix.
“I am ready for a big fight next. I kept myself in good
shape the whole time I was away. I wasn’t sure if I needed
one or two tune-up fights, but I felt really good in the
ring. Thank you to my opponent for lasting as long as he did
and thank you to my team and my new promoter. I’m hoping for
a title fight as soon as possible.”
Bejenaru, from Ungheni, in the Republic of Moldova and now
living in Brooklyn, is a former 10-time Romanian champion, a
Bronze Medalist at the European Amateur Boxing Championships
in 2006, a Finalist in the European Union Championships in
both 2006 and 2007, and a Gold Medalist at World Combat
Games in 2010.
After turning professional in 2012, Bejenaru has gone on to
score wide decision victories on ShoBox: The New Generation
over previously undefeated Alexey Zubov (10-0, 6 KOs) and
Stivens Bujaj (16-0-1, 11 KOs), and in his most recent fight
(broadcast on NESN), a decisive points victory over previous
world title challenger Thabiso Mchunu (18-3, 11 KOs).
In his seven-year career, he has held both the WBC
Continental Americas Cruiserweight Title and the WBC
International Cruiserweight Championships.
“We hoped he might have to go all eight rounds to make him
breathe and to make him feel the ring,” said trainer Ilia
Masishchev, “but once he lands a few punches, he tries to
finish. That’s how he is.”
Battle at the Boat 122 is presented by Salita Promotions and
Brian Halquist Productions.