Tyron Zeuge stopped Isaac Ekpo in the second round of their rematch to retain his WBA “regular” super middleweight title on Saturday.
Ekpo was only saved by the bell in the first round and referee Mark Nelson stopped the bout in the next after Zeuge knocked the Nigerian challenger to the canvas with a series of right blows to the head.
Zeuge started to pump his jab into Ekpo’s face from the opening bell, using his jab to the body masterfully to lower Ekpo’s guard.
The Nigerian was open for a huge overhand right, and it was one of those that sent him crashing down late in the round, the challenger being saved by the bell.
It appeared that Ekpo was never been able to recover.
Immediately after the start of the second, Zeuge landed four consecutive overhand rights to the temple of the Nigerian sending him to the canvas for the second time.
Ekpo got up but was too dazed to continue fighting. Official time of stoppage was 0:23 of the round.
The unbeaten German improved to 22-0-1 (12 KOs), while Ekpo dropped to 32-4 (25 KOs).
Zeuge, trained by former two-time world champion Juergen Braehmer, won their previous bout almost a year ago to the day, when the fight was stopped in the fifth round due to a large cut above his eye from a clash of heads in the third.
Zeuge won by unanimous decision after the ring doctor twice intervened.
Culled from boxingscene
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