Undefeated American Joe George has shipped an early contender for knockout of the yr with a petrifying upper reduce that knocked Marcos Escudero out chilly in their re-match.
The rivals faced off in the opener for Showtime Boxing’s Premier Boxing Champions card and shipped a single of the most breathtaking stoppages in the latest yrs.
George was at the rear of on two of the 3 judges’ scorecards as the battle went into the ninth round — but the 31-calendar year-old took the judges out of the equation when he set Escudero up for a thundering finishing go.
Escudero slipped underneath a wild ideal hand from George, but was remaining flattened by a comply with-up remaining-hand higher-reduce that landed flush on his chin.
Escudero was rocked off his feet by the pressure of the punch, crumpling backwards in a messy heap.
The slow motion of the savage KO is challenging to watch.
Escudero wasn’t even in a position to transfer until the referee was by now half way via his 10-rely.
It was crystal clear from his stunned, frozen attempts to get back to his feet that the fight was around.
The referee waved off the struggle after counting to nine.
The commentators described the end as “vicious”.
“I was setting him up with the jab to the body and had him leaning above a small,” George said.
“I desired him to get relaxed and that’s just what he did. He was calm, I slipped more than and shot it. Really, he gave it to me and I had to take it and put him down.”
“The outcome is self-explanatory. I really don’t have to say absolutely nothing. I’m eager to struggle whoever up coming. A single combat at a time and I’ll be well prepared for whatever’s on the way.”
Their first struggle finished in a controversial split choice that went the way of George, even with a single of the judges scoring the combat in Escudero’s favour.
The gain sees George improve to a fantastic 11- and keeps his hopes alive for a future title shot.