Uppercut ends WBA title fight
Denis Lebedev has retained his WBA cruiserweight title by knocking out Santander Silgado in the fourth round.
The previously unbeaten Silgado went down and stayed down in the fourth round of the fight in Myakinino near Moscow on Monday night.
Both fighters came out throwing punches from the opening bell and kept it up through the first three rounds.
But in the fourth, Lebedev unleashed a left uppercut that dumped Silgado on his face. The challenger was counted before he could regain his senses.
Lebedev’s record improved to 25-1, with 19 knockouts. Silgado, ranked eighth by the WBA, now stands at 23-1, with 18 short-cut wins.
REUTERS reports that the 27-year-old Silgado looked the better fighter in the first three rounds before the 33-year-old southpaw champion regained control.
Lebedev threw a powerful left hook that stunned Silgado, then unleashed a devastating left uppercut to the chin of his opponent, knocking him out with less than a minute remaining, to the delight of his supporters.
“I did not know much about him so I had to be patient. I was taking my time," Lebedev told reporters. "I knew if I hit him with my best shot I could hurt him."
It was the first title defence for Lebedev, who only defeat was a controversial points decision in a fight against German Marco Huck in a title bout in 2010.
In October, the WBA stripped Panamanian champion Guillermo Jones of his title for refusing to fight Lebedev and awarded it to the Russian.
Lebedev knocked out former multiple world champion Roy Jones Jr in a light-heavyweight non-title bout last year.
On the same bill, Grigory Drozd beat former European champion Jean Marc Monrose, a Frenchman, to claim the vacant WBA international cruiserweight title.
Drozd, ranked No 8 by the WBA, enhanced his record to 36-1, with 25 knockouts, when he won the one-sided
12-rounder on points.
Monrose, who dropped to 25-6; 15, was knocked down in the third round and twice in the ninth.
Lightweight Eduard Troyanovsky moved to 13-0; 10 by knocking out Colombian veteran Walter Estrada (42-16-1; 27) in the second round to win the PABA lightweight title.