DECORTIS THE DEMOLISHER
Yunier books place in semis with spectacular win, writes Daniel Herbert
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.