Usyk defeats Rodriguez in 7th round knockout (FULL VIDEO)

Usyk defeats Rodriguez in 7th round knockout (FULL VIDEO)28-year-old Ukraine's undefeated cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk scored a sensational seventh round knockout of Cuban-born Pedro Rodriguez to win his ninth match and defend his cruiserweight title.

"Every one of my matches I dedicate to my family and my country because I'm Ukrainian and I box for Ukraine. People like it and support me. Glory to Ukraine! Glory to the boxers!", Oleksandr Usyk said in interview with Ukraine Today TV channel.

Usyk outworked his sluggish opponent for the majority of the fight, and it's no wonder, Rodriguez was nearly three kilograms above the 91-kilogram limit.

This became obvious in the first four rounds when the Cuban-born boxer had trouble landing his punches. During round six, Rodriguez was rocked by several hooks to the head before Usyk managed to bring it home with a ferocious uppercut. Rodriguez beat the count in round six but in the seventh round, was brought to his knees after a flurry of punches and another powerful uppercut from Usyk.

Oleksandr Usyk is a native of Simferopol in the Russian annexed Crimean peninsula; he's also a 2012 Olympic gold medalist. He's fought in several hundred fights but only nine professional bouts.

Via: Ukraine Today
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