Nigerian cruiserweight boxing sensation Efetobor Apochi in a third round knockout defeated former undefeated prospect Deon Nicholson in a 12-round WBA title eliminator at the Shrine Explosion Centre in Los Angeles on Sunday.
The 33-year-old now has 11 wins inas many professional fights with a 100 per cent knockout ratio. He landed 93-of-198 total punches (47 per cent), including 53-of-90 power shots (59 per cent), according to Compubux.
Both fighters went into the bout undefeated, with Nicholson, who had won his previous 14 fights, ranked fifth in the WBA ratings, while Apochi sat in sixth position.
The ‘Nigerian Pitbull’ scored two major knockdowns before finally dismissing the American, producing a stoppage at 1:12 of round three.
“I knew I had him hurt after the opening round,” Apochi told Fox Sports after the fight. “I told my trainer, Ronnie Shields. He told me, ‘Finish him! Finish him!’
I just get better with every fight, right from when I started boxing from my first fight, I’ve seen the transformation and I know I can only get better.”
With the victory, the Delta State-born pugilist becomes the mandatory challenger to France’s Arsen Goulaimirian (26-0, 18KOs), who holds the WBA Super Cruiserweight title, and Belgium’s Ryad Merhy (29-1, 24KOs) who holds the WBA world version of the title.
“This is the elimination isn’t it? Where’s the title, that’s what we talking about, bring it on I want the strap.”