By Dmitry Mossienko at ringside in Parkovy Convention Centre in Kiev.
One of Ukraine’s golden boxing generation world champions Artem Dalakian (18-0-0) stopped in round 5 Gregorio Lebron (21-4-0) from Dominican republic having defended his title for the second time in 2018.
The fight headlined another exciting boxing card organized by the Ukraine’s Union Boxing Promotion in legendary Kiev Parkovy Convention centre. Dalakian came into the ring well recuperated after his weight making effort and in focused spirit. Greeted by the home crowd he nevertheless this time resolved to use different tactic compared to his previous home defense against the Thai fighter Sirichai Thaien.
Dalakian moved fast at the same time provoking the Lebron by the seeming vulnerability of his open stance. Lebron tried to hit and missed several times, punished successfully by the champion. Sometime Lebron would miss wildly and losing balance would go down, which later cost him dearly! In round 2 Dalakian’s left hook dropped Lebron and the judge counted knockdown for the first time in this fight.
Dalakian corner instructed him to jab more often, yet this fight continued to be a wild and very dangerous hit and miss game.
Dalakian’s perfect technique and reflexes in combination with the eye pleasing fighting style gave him clear advantage in this game, yet he’s never been in perfectly safe zone as Lebron was a perfect bull style aggressor in the fight.
The 36 years old Dominican fighter, WBA Fedelatin champion came to fight in the best shape of his life sensing it might be his last chance in life to snatch the flyweight world championship belt after two previous unsuccessful attempts in Thailand.
Sometimes Dalakian’s punch would catch Lebron, yet the Dominican fighter would stick to the opponent and pull him down to the ground.
After four rounds it was still pretty unclear whether the Champion was taking the upper hand! The Public enjoyed the fight wildly, as this clearly was a very competitive match of the young champion with very experienced and wildly determined to win or die contender.
While round four still had the competition pretty even, in the very beginning of the round fifth Dalakian dropped his opponent with a short crisp right and Lebron went down just to instantly jump up to his feet! Yet, the referee would perfectly legitimately count it as a knockdown despite the protests of Lebron. The Dominican fighter rushed to pay back just to be dropped with another right in the middle of the round.
Lebron shrugged off this quite legitimate knock down as well and continued his moving forward. He would increasingly often jump with a left hook and increasingly more often miss with it!
In just 23 seconds to the end of round five yet another lighting fast short right hook from Dalakian dropped the Dominican fighter to the ground and the judge would count it and stop the fight according to the WBA rule which reads to stop the fight if the boxer was three times in knockdowns in one round.
Lebron and the crowd went mad!! Lebron protested while in the audience some would celebrated, while the majority was disappointed and would like to see extension of this brilliant contest! Yet, the judge was adamant on his position referring to the WBA code.
Artem, whose domination at this point of the fight became increasingly clear, was respectful and hugged his opponent, as well as respectfully shake hands with Lebron’s corner. So did Lebron too, both fighters remained a class act in this thrilling fight and its somewhat unexpected ending.