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Former junior lightweight champ Gabriel Ruelas, who killed Jimmy Garcia in a title fight the same year McClellan suffered his life-altering injuries, was knocked out by Azumah Nelson in his very next fight — claiming he saw Garcia’s ghost in the ring. In his last fight, he beat undefeated Yoann Kongolo in France.He is tough and durable (his only knockout loss was the Mohammedi defeat), and is best described as a gatekeeper.
Stevenson, who hurt Gvozdyk in the 10th, had reigned for five years and nine title defenses, and was boxing’s longest-reigning champ. The Russian ultimately emerged victorious in an entertaining battle, flooring his Ukrainian opponent three times in the tenth round to cause the referee to stop the contest. He is 4-1 (1 KO) since losing a decision to Umar Salamov in 2015.
Gvozdyk landed the more-effective punches to the cheers of the partisan crowd, many of whom waved Ukrainian flags. Francisco A. Salazar covers boxing for The Star. If anyone is a master at putting things in perspective, it’s Atlas.Still, nothing erases the reality. Chacon, who resides in Chandler, Arizona, goes to 3-17-1, 2 KOs. Ngumbu is a useful veteran who has fought some top names, including former title challenger Nadjib Mohammedi and Andrzej Fonfara, suffering a fifth-round knockout to the former and losing a decision to the latter. “We have a big offer to go to an island off China [Hainan] which they call the ‘Chinese Hawaii’. “I will discuss that with my promoter (Bob Arum) and manager,” said Gvozdyk immediately after the fight. Encouraging signs, but a reminder that boxing is not for the faint of heart. More: El Paso teen is one of nation's top boxers. Ngumbu, who resides in Toulouse, France, drops to 38-9, 14 KOs.
Want more news like this? The effects on Benn were palpable, as he won only two more fights before losing three straight and retiring. Robinson goes to 24-3-1, 12 KOs. Fighting for the first time in over seven years, Ortiz was rusty early on, but both fighters stood in the pocket and exchanges combinations that connected. Boxing news: Artur Beterbiev’s next fight already confirmed after knocking out Oleksandr Gvozdyk to unify light-heavyweight titles.
Beterbiev says he has signed a contract and the bout will be October 18th at a site to be named in the United States. Stevenson's career is likely over. After the fight, it was revealed Ngumbu suffered a torn Achilles heel.
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Ngumbu could put any weight on his foot, prompting referee Eric Dali to stop the fight at 58 seconds, awarding the knockout victory to Gvozdyk.
Both Gvozdyk and Kavaliauskas, who are managed by Thousand Oaks resident Egis Klimas, reside and train in Oxnard. He made Stevenson’s legs dance with a right hand and rained a slew of power punches on the Canadian (by way of Haiti), ending it with a final, powerful right hand that dropped Stevenson and forced the stoppage. It was almost a quarter century ago that Nigel Benn experienced his most gratifying victory and his most profound heartbreak — all in the same night.The two-time super middleweight champion rebounded from a knockdown (in which he was knocked out of the ring) to stop Gerald McClellan in the 1995 “Fight of the Year.” Afterward, McClellan slipped into a coma, and sustained permanent brain injuries that left him blind and paralyzed. Will he be as hungry as before?Psychological state aside, this one will be all champion. Gvozdyk was involved in a tragic fight against former WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis ‘Superman’ Stevenson in stopping him in the 11th round on December 1, 2018, in Quebec City.
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It was a fight that was as well fought as it was brutal.Gvozdyk, 16-0 (13 knockouts), a native of Ukraine who lives in Oxnard, Calif., was behind on two of the three scorecards when the fight ended in the 11th.
If he hurts Ngumbu, will he jump on him as he has opponents in the past, and as he did Stevenson? “We’re hoping to do that fight in China.
Kavaliauskas, who is the mandatory challenger to face WBO titleholder Terence Crawford, goes to 21-0-1, 17 KOs. “After that, Eddie Hearn has said that he would make [Dmitry] Bivol available to fight the winner of this fight on ESPN. All three judges scored the bout 38-38, even.
#BeterbievNail pic.twitter.com/zk90hcmGcp, — Top Rank Boxing (@trboxing) October 19, 2019.
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