In another exciting edition of the World Boxing Super Series, quick-handed Chris Eubank Jr. (26-1, 20 KOs) violently knocked out previously undefeated Avni Yildirim (16-1, 10 KOs) in the third round of the super middleweight tournament bout. Both men had been dismissive of each other in the build-up but it was all Eubank Jr. in this one who easily countered the hard charging Yildirim in the first few rounds. In Round 3 the brash Brit unleashed a series of hard hooks, one of which landed on the chin and separated Yildirim from his senses to pick up the one-punch KO victory.
At the post fight press conference Eubank Jr. told reporters at the Hanns-Martin-Schleyer Arena in Stuttgart, Germany “I’m not here to take part, I’m here to take over!”
Another big card in Manchester Saturday as former lightweight world champion Anthony Crolla (32-6-3, 13 KOs) pounded out a twelve round unanimous decision over former titleist Ricky Burns (41-7-1, 14 KOs) in a crossroads fight. It was a good action fight with a lot of exchanges with the edge to Crolla who was busier in most rounds. Scores were 116-112 (x2) and 115-113.
On the undercard Toulouse, France’s Mohamed Mimoune (19-2, 2 KOs) upended local favourite Sam Eggington (24-4, 13 KOs) via 12-round split decision in a regional title fight, and unbeaten welterweight prospect Conor Benn (9-0, 7 KOs and son of the legendary Nigel Benn) scored a huge first round KO over Nathan Clarke.
Rising super flyweight Chinese product Rex Tso (22-0, 13 KOs) picked up another victory last night in Hong Kong with an ugly seventh round technical decision over Japan’s Kohei Kono (33-11-1, 14 KOs). A violent clash of heads had Tso’s eye swell shut and the bout went to the cards were the local hero was up 68-66 on all three cards to seal the victory.
Upset in Mexico Saturday as rising featherweight Edivaldo ‘Indio’ Ortega (25-1-1, 11 KOs) beat the fight right out of former world titleist Tomas Rojas (49-16-1, 33 KOs) who retired after seven rounds.
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