2012 Olympic heavyweight gold medalist Anthony Joshua (9-0, 9 KOs) took care of business on Saturday night in dismantling a shorter, older and far slower Denis Bakhtov (38-10, 25 KOs) in scoring a 2nd round stoppage to win the World Boxing Council International heavyweight title at the O2 Arena in London, UK. The win sets the soon to be 25-year-old Joshua up with a fight against Michael Sprott on November 22nd on the Bellew-Cleverly 2 card in Liverpool, UK.
Joshua, 6’6”, hurt the 5’11” Bakhtov with a right hand in the 2nd round. Bakhtov was against the ropes at the time and pretty much helpless with nowhere to go. Joshua then opened up with a storm of shots to the head resulting in the referee Ian John-Lewis separating the two fighters for some reason. Continue reading
This Saturday (Oct. 19th) in Leipzig, Germany, Manuel Charr tries to add another WBC belt to his collection when the “Diamond Boy” collides with Russian powerhouse Denis Bakhtov in a clash for Charr’s WBC Silver international, WBC Baltic and WBC Mediterranean plus the vacant WBC CISBB championship.
“It is my goal to win all WBC titles so Vitali Klitschko will have no other chance but to give me my rematch”, says Charr. “When I hold all the regional belts I will finally make my dream come true and take that big gold and green belt from Vitali.”
To achieve this ambitious goal, Charr has to beat Bakhtov first who has a history of destroying dreams of up and coming German heavyweight. Continue reading