Kavaliauskas v Zewski
Following eight rounds of competitive action, welterweight fighter Egidijus “Mean Machine” Kavaliauskas (22-1-1, 18 KO’s) claimed a satisfying TKO win over Mikael Zewski (34-2, 23 KO’s). With the win, Kavaliauskas bounced back into the win column following his December 14, 2019 loss to WBO world welterweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford (36-0, 27 KO’s).
For the Mean Machine, the loss to Crawford proved to be a double-edged blade. On the one hand, not only was it his first professional loss, and first attempt at a world title, it was a knockout. The bitter triple-shot of disappointment could not have been easy to swallow.
On the flip side, he was more than likely in his most visible prizefight to date. And, he didn’t make a fool of himself when in against one of the premium fighters in the sport. In with Crawford, Kavaliauskas was able to hold his own and land his fair share of respectable blows. Many will even say that he dropped Crawford, although referee Ricky Gonzalez ruled it a slip.
In against Zewski, the Lithuanian was aiming to rebound with a complete and impressive performance. It was a successful endeavor. When the action began, both pugilists threw anything resembling a feel-out round out the window. The Mean Machine and Zewski operated behind sharp, impactful jabs to set up more significant power shots.
While the action was fairly even over the first three periods, Kavaliauskas appeared in greater control of the pace and tempo. Zewski would enjoy an effective fourth round and even managed to place a mouse under the Mean Machine’s right eye.
The Lithuanian reestablished control with his jab and hurtful hooks to the torso. Just when the action appeared to be leveling out, Kavaliauskas badly hurt and dropped Zewski with a sneaky right uppercut at the end of the seventh. Zewski would make it to his feet, but was obviously moving on shaky legs. With his foe significantly hurt, the Mean Machine pressed his wounded adversary to the ropes with a volley of shots. Despite his efforts though, he was not able to force the stoppage.
The end would still come quickly. Within the first few moments of the eighth period, Kavaliuaskas dropped his Canadian opponent with the exact same right uppercut. This time, referee Kenny Bayless had seen enough and called a halt to the action. The knockout win was the perfect way for Kavaliauskas to resume his winning ways.
By: Bakari Simpson