Heavyweight Ali Eren Demirezen Flattens Gerald Washington in Eight!
In his most recent tour of duty, Turkish heavyweight Ali Eren Demirezen (15-1, 12 KO’s) toppled Gerald “El Gallo Negro” Washington (20-4-1, 13 KO’s) in eight, short one-sided rounds.
The win marked the second consecutive knockout for Demirezen, ranked #13 (WBA). Heading into the New Year his future is looking rather bright. To date, he has only lost one contest to the rough-knuckled Efe Ajagba and even that went to the scorecards.
Sitting in the opposite corner, this was the first prizefight that Washington had staged in two years. The crumpling defeat would also stand as his second consecutive loss, both by way of stoppage. At this point, it looks like the curtains have officially come down on any hope that Washington is going to make a realistic run for a world title. All five of El Gallo Negro’s professional losses have come by way of knockout.
The prizefight began in rather mundane fashion that saw no action worth talking about in the first period. Throughout the round, Demirezen crudely walked Washington down without the use of a jab. This allowed El Gallo Negro to fire off a bevy of jab-straight right hand, 1-2 combos. Nothing landed with any real consequence.
The same sequence repeated itself in the second, although Washington did appear a bit more uncomfortable with the constant pressure.
The bout shifted in a hurry during the third round. Here, Demirezen was able to start connecting with a number of jabs and hooks that repeatedly snapped Washington’s head back. Even worse, El Gallo Negro seemed to be running out of gas. By the fifth, Washington continued to fade and looked like he was wobbling after merely throwing his own punches. During the sixth, his eye began badly swelling and was bleeding by the end of the period.
After a few more tedious and unentertaining rounds of Washington being pelted and swatted around the ring, his own corner stopped the fight in the eighth. Ironically, he had not absorbed any real damage when the towel was thrown. While it was a clean win for Demirezen, he certainly added zero luster to his name with the lumbering and rather clumsy performance.
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By: Bakari Simpson