Ageing Freitas shocks unbeaten Oliveira
Two-weight world champion Acelino Freitas has a decision to make after impressively ending fellow-Brazilian Michael Oliveira’s undefeated record – dropping him three times on his way to a ninth round knockout win.
The 36 year-old, who won world belts at 130 and 135lbs, had only previously lost to world-class fighters Juan Diaz and the late Diego Corrales and was a surprising choice for the young pretender Oliveira, 22, when the fight was sought out by his team.
Freitas had said he will return for just one fight after a five-year absence for his son, but after dominating a previously unbeaten prospect, may now decide to continue on with his career if a big offer comes in.
Florida-based Oliveira was dropped in the third and the ninth before he was downed again by Freitas towards the end of the session, this time for the ten count and gained his 33rd stoppage as ‘The Brazilian Rocky’ dropped to 17-1.