Richards knocked out Matyja and is the new WBA International Light Heavyweight Champion

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Richards knocked out Matyja and is the new WBA International Light Heavyweight Champion
Richards knocked out Matyja and is the new WBA International Light Heavyweight Champion. Photo: Matchroom Boxing

Richards knocked out Matyja and is the new WBA International Light Heavyweight Champion

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Richards knocked out Matyja and is the new WBA International Light Heavyweight Champion
Richards knocked out Matyja and is the new WBA International Light Heavyweight Champion. Photo: Matchroom Boxing

British Craig Richards won the World Boxing Association (WBA) International light heavyweight championship after defeating Polish Marek Matyja by technical knockout in the sixth round during their fight this Saturday at the O2 Arena, in London, England.

Richards punished Matyja for almost the entire fight thanks to his punching combinations and the strength he showed. “Spyder” got a great win that helps him to position himself again among the top contenders in the 175-pound category.

A few months ago he fought the WBA champion, Dmitry Bivol, and although he could not win, he left a good impression and competed as an equal against the Russian. Now, against an opponent like Matyja, he displayed the best of his attack and looked comfortable in the ring.

The 31-year-old fighter entered the sixth round in total domination and connecting hard punches to his opponent. The Polish fighter was trying to survive but the punishment was too much, so the referee decided to stop the action.

Richards now has 17 wins, 2 losses, 1 draw and 10 knockouts. Matyja, on the other hand, dropped his record to 20 wins, 3 losses, 2 draws and 9 knockouts.


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