Olympic heavyweight Ali Demirezen fends off Gerald Washington in eight

Ali Demirezen heavyweight

Ryan Hafey

Saturday night’s heavyweight Pay Per View on FOX saw Turkish Olympian Ali Eren Demirezen emerge victorious against Gerald Washington.

Demirezen (15-1, 12 KOs) scored a career-best victory with an eighth-round stoppage of former title challenger “El Gallo Negro” Washington (20-5-1, 13 KOs).

“We prepared very well for this fight,” said Demirezen. “I knew that I was going to go out there and get a dominating victory.

“I’m very happy and proud of my performance tonight. This is a great night for my country of Turkey.”

Washington got off to a strong start in the fight. He connected with combinations early through the high guard of Demirezen.

The American showed superior activity on his way to a 48-34 edge in punches landed over the first three rounds.

As the fight went into the middle rounds, Demirezen could close the distance against his taller opponent. He increased his activity as Washington tried to evade him around the ring.

By the end of round five, the power-punching onslaught from Demirezen slowed Washington down significantly. He caused swelling in both eyes in addition to a cut below Washington’s right eye.

Demirezen out-landed Washington in each of rounds four through seven, piling up an 84 to 59 edge in power punches landed.

Early in round eight, Demirezen connected on a sharp straight right hand that immediately appeared to hurt Washington. He began to wobble as he tried to avoid a follow-up attack.

Ali Demirezen heavyweight
Ryan Hafey


Washington’s corner had seen enough at that point, as they signaled to referee Frank Santore Jr. to stop the fight.

The final stoppage came 27 seconds into the round. Washington led 67-66 on two cards at the time of the stoppage, with the third card scoring 67-66 for Demirezen.

“This is my dream. I’m going to keep fighting the U.S. and become a world heavyweight champion,” said Demirezen. “I’m going to take it fight by fight and keep winning. But I’m here to stay.”

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