World Boxing Council (WBC) ABCO Silver 147lb title holder Qudratillo Abduqaxorov (11-0, 8 KOs) amazingly captured the WBC Silver welterweight title as he destroyed WBC #6 and the former champion Charles Manyuchi (20-3-1, 12 KOs) on Saturday night at OCBC Arena in Singapore.
It seemed Manyuchi looked overconfident as he has much more experience than his Uzbek opponent who just turned pro about 17 months ago. So, he was sacrificed from his carelessness by a big uppercut followed by a left hook which viciously dropped him to the canvas. Referee Raymond Chang gave him a chance but the fight belonged to Qudratillo who punished the former champion again with a tough right hook and finally scored a TKO at 2:56 of the opening round.
Manyuchi’s taunts and clowning around in the ring like a drunkard with his guard dropped unbefitting a champion cost him the fight.
The fight itself was unimpressive as Manyuchi reduced it to a sideshow rather than the main event. Abduqaxorov, who is aptly nicknamed “The Punisher” sent the Zimbabwean spinning onto the canvas at the earliest opportunity.
Zimbabwe’s National Boxing Control Board chairperson, Richard Hondo, said Manyuchi’s attitude and approach to the fight on Saturday failed him and challenged the 27-year-old to work hard to pick himself up.
“But his problem is that he fights without defence. From the video of the fight you would conclude that Charles wasn’t beaten, instead he beat himself.
“That style of fighting with your hands dropped down, mocking and exposing your face to the opponent is not expected at this level because on any given day a good fighter will chop your head off.”
In other action, two-time IBO title holder, current WBA #2 lightweight Daud Yordan (37-3,25 KOs) destroyed Campee Singwancha (11-3, 7 KOs) with a vicious right hook and scored a one-punch KO at 2:13 of round two.
WBC #28 and WBC ABCO 160lb champion Azizbek Abdugofurov (6-0, 4 KOs) mostly controlled the show before he scored a 98-92, 98-92, 97-93 unanimous decision over Argentina 168lb champion Martin Fidel Rios (21-11-4,11 KOs).
Jeson Umbal (14-5, 9 KOs) scored a 97-93,96-94,96-97 split decision over Tanzanian Fadhili Majiha (20-8-4, 9 KOs) to capture the vacant Asian Boxing Federation 122lb title.
Stephen Anak (2-0,1 KO) won a 40-36,40-37,39-37 unanimous decision over Jamed Jalarante (23-22-1,11 KOs).
Hamzah Farouk (2-0,1 KO) stopped Tapanut Loetsingtaworn (0-2) with a vicious bodyshot at 2:07 of the opening round.
Darryl Edmund Kho (1-0) displayed one-side attack on Ridzuan Dahari (1-2), forcing the referee to stop the fight at 2:59 of round four.
Shunkor Abdurasulov won a 59-55,60-54,59-55 unanimous decision over Gilbert Jerusalem on their pro debut.