Michael Hunter Disposes of Sergey Kuzmin
Tonight at the Madison Square Garden Theater in New York City, rising Heavyweight contender Michael Hunter (18-1, 12 KO’s) out-boxed and outworked rugged Sergey Kuzmin (15-1, 11 KO’s) to capture a 12-round unanimous decision (117-112 on all three scorecards). In the process, he has become the WBA Inter-Continental Heavyweight title.
Hunter entered the ring tonight at 221lbs against a 258lbs Kuzmin. During the first half of the bout, he used his natural advantages in speed and athleticism to establish control. He also made sure to land his fair share of body shots against the bigger opponent.
At the start of round five, Kuzmin would suffer a knock down from a counter-left hook. However, he would put on his best showing in the seventh and eighth rounds. During those rounds, Hunter showboated a bit and paid for his laziness, getting caught with unnecessary punches.
From round nine and on, Hunter got back to business doing an excellent job of boxing, along with continuing his effective bodywork. This was an all-around complete performance by the 31-year old contender.
After the fight, Hunter called for a fight against Alexander Povetkin on the Ruiz – Joshua II undercard. It would be a quick turnaround for him, but based on tonight’s performance, he is ready to take the next step in the heavyweight division.
By: Michael Wilson Jr.