Hekkie Budler picked up the interim WBA minimumweight title by crushing Argentinian Hugo Verchelli in four rounds and becoming the first fighter to stop the southpaw in the process.
The current IBO champion had Verchelli down three times in the fourth round until referee Stanley Christodoulou stepped in to hand ‘The Hexecutioner’ a 24th career win and seventh stoppage to boot.
The 25 year-old now moves on to a potential challenge for the full WBA belt against Japan’s Ryo Miyazaki, whilst Verchelli drops a second loss in thirteen and heads back to the drawing board.
In chief support at Emperors Palace in South Africa, IBO super-middleweight title holder Thomas ‘Tommy Gun’ Oosthuizen defended his belt with a marginal points win over another Argentinian in Ezequiel Maderna.
Oosthuizen, also 25, needed to impress after scraping through on his big American break at the MGM Grand in June against Brandon Gonzales, but in the end failed to set the night alight.
‘El Olimpico’ Maderna out-manoeuvred Oosthuizen on several occasions and was unlucky not to gain a closer decision after twelve rounds with the judges handing in 117-111, 116-112, 114-114 scorecards.
However the victory will have done nothing to help Oosthuizen’s reputation, which has already taken a battering this year.
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