Eduard Troyanovsky, the only major super lightweight titlist not named Terence Crawford or Ricky Burns, is an easily-forgotten member of the 140-pound elite. He doesn’t even have the freakshow factor of previous beltholder Cesar Cuenca, he of the 4% knockout rate, and his first win over Cuenca was a fairly dull and bizarre affair.
With his knockout win in the rematch and Friday’s victory, though, it may be time for people to sit up and take notice. In front of a Moscow crowd, the IBF champion destroyed Japanese puncher Keita Obara in just two rounds to earn his fifteenth consecutive
Obara (16-2-1, 15 KO) landed a hard right hand in the first round, but Troyanovsky’s (25-0, 22 KO) power soon asserted itself. A vicious flurry sent Obara through the ropes in the second and, while Obara miraculously managed to beat the count and climb back in, a follow-up series of blows jacked his head back and forced a stoppage.
Here’s the big moment:
Troyanovsky said he wanted Burns or Crawford in his next match; after this, I’d certainly tune in for either.