Anthony Cacace surprises, drops and stops Joe Cordina to win the IBF super featherweight title | boxing news

Belfast’s Anthony Cacace pulled off a major upset when he defeated Joe Cordina to win the IBF super featherweight title on the Tyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk undercard.

Fury and Usyk meet to decide the undisputed world heavyweight champion tonight at the Kingdom Arena in Riyadh, live Sky Sports Box Office.

Cacace played a starring role on the card as he became an unexpected new world champion.

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Anthony Cacace pulled off a major upset in Riyadh when he stopped Joe Cordina in the eighth round to claim the IBF super featherweight world title.

Cacace subjected him to sustained punishment to force a stoppage in the eighth round and celebrated with joy when the referee waved off the fight.

In the third round, a huge left hook surprised Cordina. The Welshman made evasive maneuvers but was unable to escape. A huge right hand disconnected him for a moment, planting him face-first on the canvas.

With all kinds of dangers, Cordina made it through the round. He showed his quality where he could, throwing punches. But he couldn’t shake off Cacace, who found hurtful hooks and continuous combinations.

At the beginning of the eighth round Cacace attacked again. He had Cordina on the ropes, under a barrage of punches before the referee intervened.

Cacace catches Cordina
Cacace catches Cordina

“I’m shocked. Nobody gave me the opportunity to do this here,” Cacace said.

“Joe is a great competitor, Olympian, two-time world champion, but tonight I hurt him with every shot.”

Undefeated former European Heavyweight Champion Agit Kabayel racked up an impressive second consecutive victory, handing Arslanbek Makhmudov his first professional defeats in December and now franco sanchez.

He diligently walked down with the “Cuban Flash”, performing combination attacks. Sánchez’s retreat became less and less effective.

Kabayel weakened his resistance, deftly landing body blows on Sánchez. He knocked down the Cuban in the seventh round.

Tired, Sanchez stood up but was sucking in air and Kabayel drove the body in once more, sending the Cuban back to the canvas and ending the fight.

19-year-old heavyweight prospect Moisés Itauma shot down Ilja Mezencevthe southpaw hitting a right hand over the top of an exchange.

Moisés Itauma knocks out Ilja Mezencev
Moisés Itauma knocks out Ilja Mezencev

This caused the German to tip over and, although he got up, Mezencev’s legs were wobbling terribly beneath him and he had to be stopped, just 50 seconds into the second round.

Mark Chamberlain put a cruel end to it when he quickly pulled out Joshua Wahab in the first round.

He connected with an almost perfect left-footed cross to bring down Wahab.

Wahab recovered but Chamberlain was ruthless, a left cross felled him and ended the fight.

Robin Safar leaves out Sergey Kovalev
Sergey Kovalev hits the canvas hard

Sergei Kovalev He was a fearsome world light heavyweight champion in his prime. But at 41 years old and after two years away from the sport, he could not regain the threat of yesteryear.

little-known swedish Robin Safar He hounded him throughout their 10-round round, unfazed by the tiring shots Kovalev hit him with. Finally, in the final round, a right hook crushed Kovalev on his back.

Kovalev got up, saved by the final bell, but Safar was the clear winner by unanimous decision.

Cruiserweight on the rise David Nyika He also scored a knockout victory, leading Michael Seitz into a corner before hitting a right hand and grouping the German to finish in four rounds.

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Morecambe’s Isaac Lowe gets Team Fury off to a winning start, putting Hasibullah Ahmadi on track to win a 97-92 decision over 10 rounds.

Imposing Ukrainian light heavyweight Daniel Lapin made short work of Octavio Pudivtrforcing him back before dispatching him with a ferocious blast.

Isaac Lowe scored a clear victory to open the show, falling Hasibullah Ahmadi with a left hook on his way to a 97-92 point victory in 10 rounds.

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Daniel Lapin scored an early victory for Team Usyk when the Ukrainian knocked out Octavio Pudivitr in less than two minutes.

It is one of the most important sporting events of a generation. Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk will clash for the undisputed world heavyweight championship on Saturday, May 18, live on Sky Sports Box Office. Book the fight now.

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