By Karl Freitag
In a clash for the vacant WBC cruiserweight title, WBC #1 rated Krzysztof “Diablo” Wlodarczyk (43-2-1, 32 KOs) scored an eighth round TKO over WBC #2 Giacobbe Fragomeni (26-3-1, 10 KOs) to claim the belt formerly held by Zsolt Erdei on Saturday night at the Atlas Arena in Lodz, Poland. The Polish star Wlodarczyk dropped the 40-year-old Fragomeni with a big right hand at the end of round six, but the rugged Italian showed no lingering effects in the following round. However, in round eight Wlodarczyk jumped all over Fragomeni and dropped him again. Referee Frank Garza then waved off the fight. The two had battled to a disputed draw one year ago.
This is Wlodarczyk’s second world championship reign. He previously held the IBF belt for six months in 2006-2007. Fragomeni is a former WBC champion.
Earlier, cruiserweight Lukasz Janik (19-1, 11 KOs) scored a crushing fourth round KO over Michele De Meo (11-3, 3 KOs).