Brutal knee to the liver sends UFC veteran into retirement

Francisco Trinaldo has retired UFC veteran Evan Dunham with a stunning knee to the liver at UFC Sao Paulo.

The 36-year-old Dunham’s bid to go out on a high was ended late in the second round of the lightweight fight by his Brazilian opponent.

Trinaldo had no need to jump in for some finishing punches – Dunham was crushed by the knee and the referee stopped the fight.

The victory was Trinaldo’s 23rd as a professional and first stoppage win in two years.

Dunham, meanwhile, ended his career with consecutive defeats via knees to the body, having lost at UFC 223 in April.

The brutal knee to the liver ended the fight in milliseconds. Pic: Getty
The brutal knee to the liver ended the fight in milliseconds. Pic: Getty

Joshua fights back to retain world titles

Britain’s Anthony Joshua has overcome a slow start to deliver a devastating knockout in the seventh round to defeat Russian Alexander Povetkin.

Joshua retained his impressive WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO world heavyweight championship belts, and sent boxing fans into a frenzy.

In front of about 80,000 fans at Wembley Stadium, Joshua fought with a suspected broken nose from the second round to improve his unbeaten record to 22 wins, 21 wins inside the distance.

Joshua sent Povetkin to the canvas with a big right midway through the seventh and was unloading a flurry of punches to end the fight.

“Povetkin is a very tough challenger, he proved that tonight with good left hooks and counter punches,” Joshua said.

“I knew he was strong to the head but weak to the body. I was just mixing it up.

“It could have been seven, maybe nine, maybe 12 rounds to get him out of there but the ultimate aim was to be victorious.

“I got my knockout streak back.”

The loss was just the second of 39-year-old Povetkin’s 36-fight career – his only other defeat was to Wladimir Klitschko, who Joshua scored a TKO win over last year to claim three of his four world titles.

with AAP

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