Abcede showed he was there for the upset straight away, trying to land a southpaw left hand very early, but Koura quickly took control of the bout, using his jab and movement. Having found his groove Koura then starting leftting his shots go more willingly and he landed a notable right hand in round 3.
In round 4 Koura again let his hands go, and at the end of the round he dropped Abcede courtesy of a lovely burst of shots and a nasty left hand to the body. Abcede looked in agony and took the full 10 count to be counted out, officially, at 3:09 of round 4.
For Abcede this was his second stoppage loss, incidentally the other came to Lito Dante who had been announce as Koura's oriignal opponent for this bout, and it's a shame the 22 year old is already showing signs of having had a hard career. If he's going to rebuild he'll need a lot of time and need his team to actually protect him, rather than continue to put him into tough bouts one after the other.
As for Koura this was another big win and another good stoppage, his fifth in a row, and one that good open some big doors for him in the near future. With his recent performances it's hard to see him not looking at world title fights in the future and it may not be long before he takes that step.
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