Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder haven’t hit the ring just yet, but we’re fully through the undercard, so let’s run down the results from the pay-per-view thus far.
Frank Sanchez UD-10 Efe Ajagba
A pretty flat fight as far as entertainment goes, but Sanchez (19-0, 13 KO) gets a clear and deserved win on scores of 97-92, 98-91, and 98-91.
Bad Left Hook had the fight 97-92 on both of our two unofficial score cards, as well.
Sanchez, a 29-year-old Cuban, was just the obvious better, more polished boxer throughout this fight. He didn’t do anything particularly special, though he was credited with a flash knockdown in round seven, and also landed a late shot on that, a call that referee Michael Ortega bungled in various ways, including not giving a count and not giving Ajagba (15-1, 12 KO) the usual time you’d get to recover in that situation.
Ajagba, 27, just looked raw and unable to do much of anything with a better boxer. He’s lived and died on raw power so far, and we saw that fail him against a better technician. Ajagba was never really threatening to win this fight, and trainer Kay Koroma’s passionate instructions before round 10 seemingly fell on deaf ears, too, as Ajagba just couldn’t or wouldn’t throw enough punches to make Sanchez work much at all.
Sanchez shouldn’t really be in line for a title shot or anything next, but it’s a good win for him as he continues making his case for the top 10 at heavyweight.
Robert Helenius DQ-6 Adam Kownacki
A quick note here:
Official ruling on Kownacki from referee Celestino Ruiz was a TKO. He was warning him for another low blow and assessed from looking at the fighter's eyes that he was done.— Lance Pugmire (@pugboxing) October 10, 2021
This is nonsense — and I don’t mean Lance Pugmire’s Tweet, I mean the confusion about the ruling there seems to be. Ruiz screamed “I’m disqualifying you!” to Kownacki, shouted “disqualification!” to the timekeeper. Ruiz did not rule a TKO. There’s something off about this, but end of the day, I suppose, like, you know, whatever.
Anyway, a second win for Helenius over Kownacki,and he dominated this fight until referee Celestino Ruiz stopped it at 2:38 of round six for repeated low blow fouls from Kownacki (20-2, 15 KO), who had just a miserable all-around showing in this one.
Kownacki was tagged by Helenius (31-3, 19 KO) pretty much at the opening bell, and the 37-year-old “Nordic Nightmare” never gave up control of the fight. Kownacki, 32, tried to stay in it, but he was sternly warned for early low shots, had a point taken in the fifth round for another, and then was disqualified for yet another in round six.
It was a fair call, because Kownacki just wasn’t going to stop doing it, and he wasn’t in the fight, either — there were plenty of people who felt the fight should have been stopped at that point, anyway, including Helenius.
“Either way, it was headed for a stoppage. I had very hard hits on him, he didn’t have any on me, so, you know,” Helenius said.
Helenius is now in line, in theory, for a shot at the WBA heavyweight title, which is held by Oleksandr Usyk, but more realistically he might be in line for a shot at secondary WBA titlist Trevor Bryan, and it’s not easy to get fights done with Don King fighters anymore.
.@helenius_robert looks like he's picking up where he left off in his first fight against @AKbabyface ! #HeleniusKownacki— Premier Boxing Champions (@premierboxing) October 10, 2021
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Jared Anderson TKO-2 Vladimir Tereshkin
As expected, Tereshkin was no real challenge despite his gaudy record, which was paper-thin. Anderson, now 10-0 (10 KO), won the first round easily, and Tereshkin (22-1-1, 12 KO) clearly had nothing to offer the young American heavyweight.
Late in the second, Anderson hurt Tereshkin with a couple of right hands, and Tereshkin was wobbled badly in the corner. He didn’t go down, but referee Kenny Bayless rightly didn’t like the look of Tereshkin’s legs and head wobbling around, so he stopped at 2:51 of round two.