Artem Harutyunyan (the Olympic bronze medalist in Rio) retained his WBC International lightweight crown after ten well fought rounds against Humberto Galindo (Mexico). “I’m overjoyed,” beamed undefeated King Artem. Brother Robert was in his corner. The event took place in Hamburg (Germany) last Saturday June 25th promoted by Universum of Ismail Özen.
Harutyunyan was highly concentrated, working with the leading hand and landing hard punches against a brave challenger. “I had to stay focused from the first second,” said the man from Hamburg. “I knew I had to start calmly, really see movement and, if necessary, take a shot less. Already in the first lap I noticed that he fell for it. He tried to hit every shot hard and with full power.” The Mexican was dropped in round four, after a previous visit to the canvas in round three which was correctly ruled as a slip by good Italian referee Massimo Barrovecchio. “That’s how I know the Mexicans!” Harutyunyan said after the fight. The young father (daughter Amalia is six weeks old) is now planning a few days of rest after his 12th professional victory. After that he wants to get back into the ring as soon as possible.
Artem had won the vacant WBC International Light weight title in a great fight held last September 25 last year in Hamburg (Germany) against young and tough Samuel Molina (Spain). Great action fight and dramatic end as young Molina, previously unbeaten, staggered Artem in the fourth and in the fifth but could not get the KO. Seconds later in the fifth, local fighter Artem landed a perfect left hook to the chin to score a KO win at 2:31 of the session. Artem won the vacant WBC International Lightweight crown and will defend it next February 19 in Hamburg.
( Hamburg – Germany – Saturday 25th September 2021 ) Promoted by Universum Box Promotion