Martin Bakole Destroys Haruna Osumanu In First Round Stoppage

Martin Bakole Dismantles Overmatched Haruna Osumanu

Heavyweight boxer Martin Bakole celebrates victory in the ring
Martin Bakole | Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Martin Bakole Dismantles Overmatched Haruna Osumanu

Martin Bakole is looking to continue the march up the heavyweight rankings as he faces Haruna Osumanu in a ten-round contest at the Sports Society Complex in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

In his last bout, Bakole scored the biggest win of his career. He defeated Sergey Kuzman to win the vacant WBC International heavyweight title in December of 2020. The win gained him a coveted world ranking. He now ranks #14 in the WBC and #15 in the IBF.

The 28-year-old has gained valuable experience in recent weeks. He’s been in camp with Oleksander Usyk, who will fight unified world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua on September 25. The younger brother of current WBC world cruiserweight champion Ilunga Makabu, he hopes to follow in the footsteps of his older brother and win a world title. He faces an Osumanu who has shared the ring with heavyweight contender Daniel Dubois and undefeated heavyweight Russian prospect Arslan Iallyev.


Before the fight, Bakole (17-1, 13 KOs) was the heavy favorite, and it proved to be precisely the case. He stalked his opponent like he was hunting prey in the opening round and discovered early Osumanu (12-2, 7 KOs) offered little to no resistance.

Once he sensed that, you knew the fight would be over pretty soon. The 6’6” heavyweight from Kananga, Democratic Republic Of The Congo proceeded to pounce and pour on the shots. Osumanu did not throw much back. A series of punches from Bakole put his opponent down with seconds to go at the end of round one to end matters. Simply put, this fight was a mismatch as Bakole didn’t even have to break a sweat. It’s on to the next for the rising heavyweight from The Congo.

By: Michael Wilson Jr.

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