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Uzelkov stops Codrington in six; Usyk wins debut

Former light heavyweight title challenger Vyacheslav Uzelkov (30-3, 19 KOs) scored a sixth round TKO over Jaidon “Chin Checker” Codrington (21-4, 17 KOs) to win the vacant IBO International belt on Saturday night at the Sport Palace in Kiev, Ukraine. After a good fight with decent two-way action, in round six Uzelkov staggered Codrington with a left hook and then battered him to the deck. Codrington beat the count and appeared OK to continue, but the bout was waved off by the referee over the objections of Codrington.

In his pro debut, Olympic gold medalist Oleksandr Usyk scored a one-sided fifth round KO over Felipe Romero (16-8-1, 11 KOs) in a cruiserweight bout. Usyk dropped Romero in rounds three and five and was in command all the way.

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