Five Knockouts in Joshua-Wilder Undercard

‘The Day of Reckoning’ undercard produced five stoppage wins, setting up the main event in style. 

Bivol vs. Arthur

Dmitry Bivol won every round against Lyndon Arthur to retain his WBA light heavyweight title and pick up the Brit’s IBO belt. Bivol started as the aggressor, doubling up on his jab to push Arthur on the back foot. The champion connected with combinations to the head and body, dominating with his in-and-out footwork.

Arthur seemed intent on not losing rather than believing he could win. But Arthur did have a crucial moment in the eighth. A body shot slowed Bivol down, but not for long, as Bivol responded with several hooks to the head in the next round. With Bivol in a clear lead, the champion attempted to stop Arthur. He had him cornered on the ropes in the 12th round, but Arthur hung in as the fight went to the scorecards: 120-107, 120-107 and 120-107.

Sanchez vs. Fa

Frank Sanchez stopped Junior Fa in round seven to remain undefeated. Sanchez was the superior fighter, scoring three knockdowns to force the referee to wave off the fight. Sanchez sought to establish the jab early on, but Fa remained composed. In round three, Sanchez increased the tempo to disrupt Fa’s rhythm. In a fight without much action, Sanchez set the crowd alight in round six. He sent Fa to the canvas with a right-hand jab. Fa did manage to get up, but the writing was on the wall. Sanchez sent Fa to the floor again in round seven. Fa managed to survive, but a right hand ended proceedings. Fa fell on the ropes backwards as the referee ended the fight. That was Fa’s third loss in four fights, while Sanchez moved to 24-0. 

Kabayel vs. Makhmudov

Agit Kabayel, the European Champion, knocked out Arslanbek Makhmudov in round four to give him his first loss and remain undefeated. Kabayel was facing a much bigger fighter, but his hand speed and quick movement proved crucial. Kabayel’s shot selection was on point as he moved on the outside, using hand speed to avoid Makhmudov’s heavy hands. Makhmudov did land with a two-punch combination, but Kabayel stood tall in the opening round. 

Kabayel’s footwork and speed proved crucial in the third round. Kabayel landed a massive uppercut and followed it up with numerous combinations as Makhmudov was pushed on the ropes. It was the same story in the fourth. Kabayel dropped Makhmudov with a body shot. Another knockdown followed as Kabayel connected to the head and body. The referee ended the fight as Makhmudov hit the deck for the third time. 

Dubois vs. Miller

Daniel Dubois bounced back from his loss to Oleksandr Usyk to stop Jarrell Miller in the tenth round. Miller entered the fight at 333 pounds, significantly heavier than his opponent. Dubois’ tactic was straightforward: to use the jab and his straight right hand. Miller sought to walk down his opponent. Dubois was the busier fighter, but Miller connected with a shot on Dubois’ head to wake up the Brit in the second round.

As Miller continued to walk forward, there were worries over Dubois’ stamina. He showed signs of heavy breathing as Miller gained momentum. In the fourth, Miller connected with a left hook and a right uppercut on Dubois’ chin. Dubois hit back with a left hook in the fifth, with both fighters refusing to back down. 

In the second half of the fight, Dubois stuck by his jab as Miller’s extra weight slowed him down. The Brit increased the pressure, with shots to the body in the eighth. With Miller remaining a stationary target, Dubois let his hands go. With Miller on the ropes, Dubois unloaded numerous punches to end the fight. Dubois’ win was a massive boost for his confidence, while Miller suffered his first loss. 

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