Usyk Vs. Joshua Undercard Live Results: Zhilei Zhang Drops Filip Hrgovic In The First Round

Usyk and Joshua may be headlining the ‘King Abdullah Sports City’ arena, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, but tonight’s stacked undercard on DAZN at 12 p.m. ET had plenty to offer.

The co-main event saw Filip Hrgovic take on Zhilei Zhang in the IBF heavyweight title eliminator. Meanwhile, Callum Smith was looking to follow up his devastating second-round knockout of Lenin Castillo against Mathieu Bauderlique in the light-heavyweight division.

 

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Main Undercard 4.30 p.m. ET / 1:30 p.m. PT (DAZN) Live Results:

Co-Main Event: Filip Hrgovic vs. Zhilei Zhang – Heavyweight 

The Croatian started well, but Zhang landed a right hook down the middle as the southpaw silenced the crowd sending Hrgovic to the floor as the Chinese took the first round 10-8.

Hrgovic started the next much better, only for Zhang to remind Hrgovic of his power with some counter lefts. As the round settled, Hrgovic followed up with a three-punch combination as both men had success.

A clash of heads followed in the third, as both fighters drew blood. Zhang got the better of the Croat, as Hrgovic’s accuracy let him down.

Zhang continued to control the ring in the fourth with a high guard, as Hrgovic switched up to the body. But once again, the Chinese refused to go away. Beautiful combinations followed to the head.

The Chinese slowed down for the first time as the contest heated up in the fifth. Hrgovic slowly grew into the round with more sustained success after initially appearing jaded.

With the pace slowing, Hrgovic’s second wind followed, hitting Zhang at will. Both men entered the championship rounds with everything on the line, as Hrgovic’s youth started to show.

The Croat stepped on the gas, boxing well from the outside with the jab. In the penultimate round, Hrgovic continued his renaissance with more combinations to the head. But Zhang continued to fight back as both men went for broke.

Hrgovic finished strongly in a bout where Zhang played his part. A chorus of boos followed the decision as a lacklustre Hrgovic came out on top to set up a potential match-up with the winner of Usyk and Joshua.

Official Result: Hrgovic def. Zhang via unanimous decision 114-13, 115-112, 115-12, 114-13

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Callum Smith vs. Mathieu Bauderlique – Light Heavyweight

From the off, Bauderlique got off to a quick start with the southpaw jab as he beat Smith to the punch. Despite being the smaller man, it was the Frenchman who pressed the action.

The second round saw both men exchanging big shots; Smith was the more accurate man with shots to the body, looking for the big right hand, only to see Bauderlique counter with the unorthodox left as the round ended with Smith’s eye marked up.

The same continued as both men attempted to back each other up in the next round, with Smith landing some heavy body shots as he took control of center ring. And yet, Bauderlique moved off the ropes and hit back as both men loaded up.

The fourth round was no different: Bauderlique came out swinging before being caught by a vicious catch-counter left hook, sending him to the ground.

Bauderlique recovered momentarily, only for Smith to hit him with another brutal left hook to end the bout in the fourth. Victory leaves Smith with only a single loss to Canelo Alvarez, as a mouth-watering world title shot potentially awaits with Artur Beterbiev in 2023.

Official Result: Callum Smith def. Mathieu Bauderlique by fourth-round KO

 

Preliminary Bouts 12 p.m. ET / 9 p.m. PT (DAZN) Live Results

Badou Jack def. Richard Rivera by split decision – 96-94, 94-96, 96-94

                       Ziyad Almaayouf def. Jose Alatorre by first round TKO

 Ramla Ali def. Crystal Garcia Nova by first round KO