Los Angeles, California based Anatoliy Dudchenko (17-2, 12 KOs) of the Ukraine scored a 7th round TKO over Tyrell Hendrix (9-2-2, 3 KOs) of Los Angeles to win the vacant World Boxing Federation Intercontinental light heavyweight title. The 12 round main event took place at the luxurious Westin Bonaventure Hotel, in downtown Los Angeles with Ed Holmes Allstar Boxing promoting. Attendance was more than 1,000.
Dudchenko is a naturally right handed fighter but started the bout out of the southpaw stance as he is effective fighting from both sides. Dudchenko imposed his will from the start of fight and Hendrix face began to show the effects of that as the bout wore on. Hendrix, whose corner was headed by Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach was very game but Dudchenko was simply too much for him. Dudchenko, trained by New York City Boxing Club owner Phil Paolina stunned Hendrix multiple times throughout the bout leading to the invevitable. Hendrix retired on his stool at the end of round 7 and a TKO victory was officially awarded to the dominant winner Dudchenko.
For Dudchenko it was his 14th consecutive win and his team is looking to advance forward in 2013 with a likely ring return in February as a target month date. “Anatoliy fought extremely well tonight and with his current streak I definitely think he warrants some consideration to be placed in the current world rankings by the other major sanctioning bodies.” said Paolina. Also of note was well renown R&B singer Brian McKnight did an oustanding job working Dudchenko’s corner as chief assistant.