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Merhy halts Szello for WBA interim cruiser title

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Cruiserweight Ryad Merhy (29-1, 24 KOs) knocked out previously unbeaten Imre Szello (24-1, 16 KOs) in round seven to claim the vacant World Boxing Association (WBA) interim title on Saturday at the Spiroudome Arena in Charleroi, Belgium. Merhy dropped Szello at the end of round six. After two more knockdowns in round seven, the bout was stopped. Time was 2:10.

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The co-feature saw Mikalai Vesialou (11-0-1, 5 KOs) retain his WBA Continental middleweight title against Abdul Khattab (18-3-1, 5 KOs). The official scores were 117-111 twice and 117-113 all in favor of Vesialou for the unanimous decision victory.

Rounding out the undercard:

Unbeaten super featherweight Abraham Nova (17-0, 13 KOs) stopped Sandro Hernandez (15-10-3, 10 KOs) in round four.

Unbeaten welterweight Hovhannes Martirosyan (8-0, 6 KOs) scored a seventh round TKO over Jean Pierre Habimana (9-18-3, 4 KOs).

Kamel Kouaouch (9-0, 0 KOs) UD 8rds Tibor Laczo (3-10, 3 KOs) 79-73 twice & 80-72 cruiserweights

Antoine Vanackere (11-1, 6 KOs) KO 1 Nicolas Barrales (10-1, 9 KOs) 8 rds welterweights

Luis Arcon(8-0, 8 KOs) KO 5 Luka Leskovic (5-30-2, 1 KO) 8 rds super lightweights

Miko Khatchatryan (8-0, 4 KOs) UD 6 rds Brayan Mairena (5-30-2, 1 KO) 60-53 twice & 59-54 lightweights

Sofia Abraamyan (4-1, 2 KOs) KO 3 Cintia Cinjel (6-3, 3 KOs) 6 rds super flyweights

Ricardo Anzalone (1-0, 0 KOs) UD 4 rds Matija Petrinic (1-1, 0 KOs) 40-36 3x super lightweights

Bahaa Al Darraji (1-0, 0 KOs) UD 4rds Tamas Szigeti (1-1-1, 0 KOs) 40-36 3x cruiserweights

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  • Merhy looks like a smaller version of Joshua. Good win. This will open the door to prime cruiser weight fights.

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