Brandon Glanton Claims Upset Victory Over Efetobor Apochi!
In the co-main event of a FOX telecast, cruiserweight Brandon “Bulletproof” Glanton (14-0, 11 KO’s) remained undefeated by after edging Efetobor “Nigerian Pitbull” Apochi (11-1, 11 KO’s) in an unexpected upset. He maintained his perfect record by out pointing Apochi after ten rounds of brutal neck and neck action. The loss will undoubtedly hurt Apochi and even worse, he is sure to lose his standing as the WBA #1 cruiserweight.
NO RETREAT NO SURRENDER
From the very start of the fight both men were very comfortable letting their hands go. Apochi opted to march forward stiff necked behind his jab. Glanton found great success firing second and countering punching. In particular, Bulletproof found and immediate home for his straight right and left hook to the teeth. The action remained fast paced and tactical throughout the second.
During the third and fourth rounds, Apochi began asserting himself a bit more and was able somewhat keep Glanton on his back foot. Bulletproof didn’t completely lose his momentum but there was a shift in the fight. The shift became more pronounced in the fifth period. At this point the Nigerian Pitbull continued throwing a whirlwind of punches. He scored regularly with the right hook and uppercut to the head along with a snapping right hook to the ribs. Glanton was still throwing punches but his output had diminished considerably and his punches lost a lot of snap.
DOWN THE STRETCH
The action evened out once again in the sixth as it appeared that Apochi was slowing down just a bit. Both traded shots and seemed to bother the other throughout the round. However in the closing seconds, Glanton blasted Apochi with a left hook that left him curled over the top rope like a wet sock. Amazingly he kept his feet and was administered an eight count.
Apochi was very lucky the punch came so close to the end of the period. Throughout the seventh period, the Nigerian Pitbull largely played “keep away” and used his feet to evade. Yet, he threw far too many punches to be considered “running.”
The eighth and ninth were two more excellent rounds filled with action. The two fighters traded huge shots from start to finish and clearly buzzed one another on several occasions. Unsurprisingly the two men fought like their lives depended on winning down the stretch. It was actually hard to believe that neither fighter ever touched the canvas. Although the Nigerian Pitbull did badly wobbly Glanton with a chopping left hook in the closing moments of the period.
Both men threw their hands in the air when the final bell clanged and brought an end to the hard to score contest. When the scorecards were read however, Glanton won by way of split decision.
By: Bakari Simpson