Brooklyn, N.Y. – Middleweight Immanuwel Aleem shocked the boxing world in a dramatic sixth round technical knockout over warrior Levgen Khytrov (14-1, 12 KO’s) on Saturday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. Aleem (17-0-1, 10 KO’s) nearly knocked Khytrov out in the first round doubling up hard hooks to his head sending Khytrov down early on, Khytrov continued to get caught as Aleem knocked him down in the third and again in the sixth before referee Eddie Claudio stepped in with Khytrov badly beaten and bloodied along the ropes. The fight was stopped at the official time of 1:20, giving Aleem the WBC Silver middleweight title.
IMMANUWEL ALEEM Post Fight Interview:
“I stayed focused in there. They told us that he would throw a lot of punches. My power was strong early, but I let him gain some confidence after the first round.
“It took a little while to get into a rhythm. We wanted to touch him and move before we started to sneak something in. He started relaxing a little bit so I wanted to take advantage.
“He caught me a little bit, but only because I allowed him. Once I saw the opportunity, I caught him and knew he was going down.
“With a fighter who has a resume like that, I knew I couldn’t give him a second chance. I had to finish him off for sure.
“I’m not scared of any fighter. We want the best out there. Facing the best will only bring the best out of me.”