Sergey Kuzmin picked up his 13th professional victory as David Price retired on his stool at the end of round four of their heavyweight contest with an arm injury.
Price started the contest strongly, pushing the unbeaten Russian back with his long jab and unleashing strong looking combinations.
But Kuzmin responded with a strong second round, as he attacked the Liverpudlian’s body to great effect.
Price appeared to wobble Kuzmin in the third round, as both men looked to exchange heavy blows. Although Kuzmin did finish the third on top, pushing Price back to the ropes and firing through his guard.
In the fourth round, Price seemed to tire as Kuzmin unloaded more powerful body shots. Whilst the 35-year-old still attempted to throw heavy shots of his own, with mixed success.
Price opted not to come out for round five of the contest, citing a torn bicep for his withdrawal.
Kuzmin extended his record to 13-0 12KOs while Price’s second stoppage loss in as many fights marks the sixth such loss of his 28-fight career.
In the opener, Shakram Giyasov overcame a slow first round to gradually wear Julio Laguna down.
After softening up Laguna in the second and third, the 2016 Olympic silver medalist came out with bad intentions in the fourth round.
A flurry of flush punches had Laguna in trouble before Giyasov dropped the Nicaraguan and the fight was halted quickly.
Giyasov is now 5-0, whilst Laguna lost for the first time in fifteen contests.
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