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Acelino "Popo" Freitas scores gorgeous knockout in return

Pretty sure he doesn't "still got it," but it was a nice finish.

Patrick Stumberg is a freelance writer for SB Nation, first joining the network in 2011 before linking up with Bad Left Hook in 2015.

Former two-division champion Acelino "Popo" Freitas returned to the ring for the first time in three years this Saturday, scoring a massive knockout of Argentine journeyman Mateo Damian Veron.

Freitas (40-2, 34 KO) was last seen trashing hyped-up countryman Michael Oliveira back in 2012 after five years away from the sport.

Obviously, the 39-year-old Brazilian isn't going to be challenging for the title anytime soon, especially considering that he was a lifelong 130-135er fighting at 154, but this was a fun little beating. The Brazilian was about as doughy as you'd expect, but showed some decent speed and timing, dropping Veron (21-17-2, 4 KO) three times before landing a terrific right uppercut in the third round for number four.

The finish had everything you could ask of a knockout: the flying mouthpiece, the slow-motion fall, the faceplant, everything.

It's good to see an old action fighter doing well for himself, although I'm quite hopeful that he doesn't do something crazy now that he's won a fight recently. Like, say, challenge Manny Pacquiao or something.


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