Yu­nier books place in semis with spec­tac­u­lar win, writes Daniel Her­bert

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THE World Box­ing Su­per Se­ries tour­na­ment pro­duced its most spec­tac­u­lar fin­ish yet as Yu­nier Dor­ti­cos de­mol­ished Dmitry Kudryashov in just two rounds of a cruis­er­weight quar­ter­fi­nal at the Alam­od­ome. Dor­ti­cos, from Cuba, re­tained his WBA sec­ondary bauble but also clinched a semi-fi­nal against the win­ner of Mu­rat Gassiev v Krzysztof Wlo­dar­czyk, which takes place in Ne­wark, New Jer­sey on Oc­to­ber 21.

Kudryashov, billed as “The Rus­sian Ham­mer”, looked a fear­some op­po­nent com­ing in but Dor­ti­cos made short work of him.

The open­ing round (of 12) was a feel­ing-out af­fair but they got down to busi­ness in the sec­ond. A right froze Kudryashov on the ropes and he had to ab­sorb sev­eral right hooks be­fore he could move off the strands. But he fared no bet­ter in ring cen­tre as Dor­ti­cos – boast­ing the faster hands – landed two sharp right crosses, the sec­ond of which sent the Rus­sian crum­bling to the deck.

Eyes glazed, Dmitry beat the count but was still badly dazed and ref­eree Rafael Ramos wisely waved it off at 2-10.

Dor­ti­cos notched his 22nd win in as many fights, all but one in­side the dis­tance. Kudryashov, who ini­tially came in half a pound over but made weight at the sec­ond at­tempt, fell to 21-2 (21).

“I knew he was go­ing to come at me and I waited and de­liv­ered the shot,” said Dor­ti­cos. “Once it landed I knew it was over.”

On the un­der­card, for­mer four-divi­sion world cham­pion Nonito Don­aire of the Philip­pines had his first fight since Novem­ber 2016 and unan­i­mously out­pointed Mex­ico’s Ruben Gar­cia Her­nan­dez over 10 rounds for the WBC Sil­ver feath­er­weight bauble.

Don­aire, who lost to Jessie Mag­daleno last time out, picked off his charg­ing op­po­nent with hooks and up­per­cuts to win on scores of 100-90, 99-91, 97-93. Nonito is now 38-4 (24) while Her­nan­dez fell to 22-3-1 (9). THE VER­DICT Dor­ti­cos an­nounces he’s a threat in the in­creas­ingly fas­ci­nat­ing crusier tour­na­ment.

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