Subriel Matias retained his IBF junior welterweight title, stopping Shohjahon Ergashev just after the bell to start round six.
Ergashev (23-1, 20 KO) had complained in his corner after round five that his leg was “no good,” which led to him deciding to withdraw from the bout.
Matias (20-1, 20 KO) had been increasingly putting pressure on Ergashev, who started hot but didn’t appear able to hurt Matias, which is saying something because Ergashev can punch and was landing.
The official time of the stoppage was 0:02 of round six for the TKO.
Matias was defending his belt for the first time after stopping Jeremias Ponce after five rounds this past February, a sort of similar fight where Ponce got off to a good start, but the powerful Matias just started breaking him down after a few rounds.
Ergashev was landing hard blows early here, and looked quick, sharp, and very enthusiastic about his attack, but Matias started turning things around in the third round.
Though the leg injury may well be entirely legitimate, the likely outcome of this is going to be a lot of people thinking Ergashev simply didn’t want to fight Matias any longer.
As far as the action, the fight never kicked into a special gear, but it was pretty much as advertised, both heavy-handed fighters banging away, and Matias was simply better at it.