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Michał Cieślak (25-2, 19 KO) showcased his dominance in the ring once again as he defeated Tommy McCarthy (20-5, 10 KO) in a thrilling bout at Nosalowy Dwór Knockout Boxing Night 31. The 34-year-old successfully defended his European junior heavyweight title, boosting his chances for a third shot at the world championship.
Redemption on the Line
Cieślak had previously fought for world titles but fell short, losing via unanimous decisions against Ilunga Makabu and Lawrence Okolie. His quest for a third title opportunity hinged on his successful European title defense at the Knockout Boxing Night 31. The Polish fighter had claimed the European title in April 2023, stopping Dylan Bregeon by knockout, and now, he faced Irishman Tommy McCarthy.
The first round hinted at the excitement to come as both fighters began cautiously but quickly escalated the action. In the second round, Cieślak opened a cut above McCarthy’s eye, but the Irishman continued to fight back. The dynamics of the match were evenly matched, keeping fans on the edge of their seats.
McCarthy’s Struggle and Cieślak’s Triumph
McCarthy’s strategy focused on body shots, aiming to weaken Cieślak, but the Polish boxer showed remarkable resilience. In the seventh round, McCarthy hit the canvas, and although he managed to get up, his corner threw in the towel. Michał Cieślak secured another impressive win, further fueling his title aspirations.
Krzysztof “Diablo” Włodarczyk Scores Stunning 15-Year Overdue KO Victory
In the co-main event of the Zakopane gala, Krzysztof “Diablo” Włodarczyk (63-4-1, 43 KO) squared off against Edwin Mosquera (10-2-2, 6 KO) less than a month after his win over Fabio Maldonado. However, this showdown didn’t last long, lasting just over a minute. Włodarczyk landed a powerful right hook, sending his opponent to the canvas, who couldn’t continue the fight.
Wystarczyła minuta i 24 sekundy! 👀👊— TVP SPORT (@sport_tvppl) November 4, 2023
Krzysztof "Diablo" Włodarczyk (63-4-1, 43 KO) pokonał Edwina Mosquerę (10-2-2, 6 KO) na gali KnockOut Boxing Night 31 w Zakopanem.
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