On the Shrine Auditorium and Expo Corridor in Los Angeles, cruiserweight knockout artist Efetobor Apochi (11-0, 11 KOs) protecting his excellent report intact with a third-round stoppage of beforehand unbeaten Deon Nicholson (14-1, 13 KOs) of their WBA cruiserweight title eliminator.
Apochi is now in line for a world title shot, but it surely’s unclear which WBA champion he is sure to struggle.
The WBA, identified for having quite a few champions in a single weight class, presently has three champions within the division, with Arsen Goulamirian because the ‘tremendous’ champion, “common” champion Ryad Merhy and “gold” champion Alexey Egorov.
Educated by famend coach Ronnie Shields, Apochi broke by in spherical two, gorgeous Nicholson with an uppercut earlier than placing him down for the primary time in his profession with a mixture later within the spherical.
Whereas Nicholson was capable of make it by the spherical, he got here out in spherical three on wobbly legs and was dropped once more by Apochi, prompting referee Jerry Cantu to waive off the bout 1:12 into the spherical.
“After the primary spherical I stated to Ronnie Shields that he’s going to stop,” stated Apochi. “Ronnie stated, ‘make him stop.’ I noticed it in his eyes. Once I punched him, I noticed his eyes going out and in. He’s a troublesome man, however toughness will get you harm.
“Ronnie says that if I hearken to him, I’ll grow to be champion. When a grasp of the game like Ronnie Shields is telling you that you’ve one thing particular, it’s important to settle for it and take it and use it. I’m right here for the title. Deliver it on. I would like the strap.”