'Oh my God': Boxing world in disbelief over 'terrifying' KO

·Sports Reporter
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A 50-50 image shows Gabriel Rosado's brutal shot on Bektemir Melikuziev.
Veteran fighter Gabriel Rosado absolutely destroyed Bektemir Melikuziev with one punch on the undercard of Jaime Munguia’s WBO Intercontinental middleweight title defence. Pictures: DAZN Boxing

Veteran pugilist Gabriel Rosado's brutal knockout against Bektemir Melikuziev has been instantly hailed as a contender for KO of the year by boxing fanatics.

Battling on the undercard for Jaime Munguia’s WBO Intercontinental middleweight title defence against Kamil Szeremeta, the 35-year-old Rosado fashioned himself into one of the card's biggest stories with one huge punch.

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Uzbekistanian rising star Malikuziev, 25, was undefeated through eight professional fights and loomed as a massive challenge for Rosado.

Through the early rounds it looked as though the younger fighter would best the veteran Rosado, but one shocking moment was all it took to turn the tables.

Melikuziev, a silver medallist at the 2016 Rio Olympics, was sent sprawling face first onto the canvas after a devastating overhand right from Rosado caught him off-guard.

Commentators for fight broadcaster DAZN erupted instantly, labelling it a 'knockout of the year' contender as the Uzbekistanian fighter was still regathering himself in the ring.

Melikuziev was a perfect 7-0 ahead of the fight. 

He was supposed to fight former light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev earlier this year, but that bout was canceled after Kovalev tested positive for a banned substance. 

Rosado now boasts a 26-13-1 record, and has avenged his last loss in November to Daniel Jacobs with the biggest win of his career.

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Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder in 'horrible' face-off

Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder entered into a 'bizarre' face-off in their highly-controversial and anticipated heavyweight trilogy bout.

The build-up before their trilogy bout - which Fury leads after a TKO victory last year - has involved plenty of bad blood.

Fury had originally set up a fight with Anthony Joshua, before Wilder won his arbitration case and triggered a rematch after his loss.

This resulted in an angry Fury hitting out at Wilder for not taking step-aside money.

But the pair finally came face-to-face in a press conference after more than a year.

And it didn't produce the fireworks many expected.

Wilder has been talking about Fury and has made up many theories to why he didn't perform in their second bout.

But after more than a year of talk, Wilder sat throughout the presser with headphones on and remained largely silent.

Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder's highly anticipated face-off left many boxing fans disappointed, after the pair barely engaged with one another. (Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank Inc/Getty Images)
Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder's highly anticipated face-off left many boxing fans disappointed, after the pair barely engaged with one another. (Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank Inc/Getty Images)

Fury, known for his boisterous demeanour, did all the talking as he entered into a war-of-words with Wilder's new trainer Malik Scott.

The 'Gypsy King' also predicted an even easier victory this time around - but the most 'bizarre' part of the press conference was the face-off.

A shirtless Fury stood across from a silent Wilder for five-minutes as the pair locked eyes.

But fans were not pleased after expecting fireworks after all the trash talk.

Fury fired up during the press conference and predicted how the fight would go.

He claimed it would be an easier victory this time around considering he has been training for 18 months.

“Deontay Wilder’s a one-trick pony, he’s got one-punch power, we all know that, great. But what I’m going to do to Deontay Wilder this time is I’m gonna run him over as if I’m an 18-wheeler and he’s a human being and I guarantee he does not go past where he did before,” Fury said.

“Because before I only had five or six weeks of practising what I was gonna do to him, this time I’ve had 18 months of practising what I’m gonna do to him so I anticipate it’s gonna be like an 18-wheeler running over somebody and that’s what you’re gonna see."

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