WBC cruiserweight champion Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (48-2-1, 34 KOs) scored a spectacular come-from-behind eighth round knockout over previously unbeaten Olympic gold medalist Rakhim Chakhkiev (16-1, 12 KOs) on Friday night at the Dynamo Palace of Sports in Moscow, Russia.
Chakhkiev came out in ‘seek & destroy’ mode and bloodied Wlodarczyk over the right eye in the first round. The champion did a little better in round two, but it was still Chakhkiev’s round. A big Chakhkiev right hand put Wlodarczyk on his knees in round three. Wlodarczyk gutted out two more rounds of punishment, then suddenly dropped Chakhkiev with a short left hook at the end of round six! Wlodarczyk floored Chakhkiev again with a left hook in round seven. Wlodarczyk put Chakhkiev down twice more in round eight and the bout was waved off by referee Daniel Van de Wiele. Tremendous show of guts and courage by Wlodarczyk to retain his title.
In a battle of unbeaten cruiserweight prospects, Andrey Knyazev (8-0, 3 KOs) scored a twelve round decksion over Anar Mammadov (6-1, 0 KOs). Knyazev knocked down Mammadov twice in round nine, but didn’t finish the job. Knyazev claims the vacant PABA belt.