Although they do happen KO's in amateur boxing aren't a regular thing, especially not brutal KO's. That means that when they do happen they are often something beautiful, exciting and brutal. Today we get to share one of those, and amazingly it came in the final of the World Boxing Championships back in 2013. Not only that but it came in a bout between two men who fought a number of times in major competition, but this was the only one of their bouts to end with a brutal finish.
Mahammadrasul Majidov vs Ivan Dychko
Insanely powerful Azer Mahammadrasul Majidov had really made his name in 2011, when he claimed Gold at the World Amateur Championships, beating the likes of Erislandy Savon, Ivan Dychko, the man we'll speak more about in a few moments, and Anhtony Joshua.
Majidov looked like he had rocks in his hands, but was slowly, and a little bit clumsy. When he hit he hurt, but it seemed like he could be out boxed. That's what we ended up seeing in the 2012 Olympics, when he was beaten by Italian great Roberto Cammarelle in the semi-finals. In 2013 he was looking to become a 2-time World Amateur Champion and reached the final with no issues at all, and actually got revenge over Cammarelle.
In the final he was up against brilliant Kazakh Ivan Dychko, who had won bronze in the 2012 Olympics, just like Majidov, and had also won silvers at the AIBA Youth Championships in 2008 and Asian Games in 2010. He was regarded as a brilliant talent and looked like he was on the way to becoming one of the major faces of amateur boxing. In the 2011 World Amateur Championships he had lost a decision to Majidov in the semi-final and was looking to avenge that loss 2 years later when he got a second shot at the Azeri in a World Championships.
Dychko, unlike Majidov, looked like a very polished boxer-puncher. He moved like a natural athlete, despite being a giant, standing at 6'9". He looked, in some ways, like a future super giant for the professionals, following in the footsteps of other huge athletic fighters like Wladimir Klitschko and Lennox Lewis, both of whom were notably shorter than him.
The bout actually began well for Dychko. He had done enough to win the first 2 rounds, and heading into round 3 it appears he was finally going to get a big victory over the big Azeri. He was up 20-18 on the scorecards of all 3 judges and just had to avoid being knockdown Majidov however wasn't going to just hand over gold and just seconds into the round he cornered Dychko.
That's where we start here, with Majidov dropping Dychko hard about 15 seconds into the round. The Kazakh giant got back to his feet, he looked shaken but was up for seconds with Majidov landing another monster right turning Dychko's lights out before a sneaky left helpd him down for a second time.
Whilst the Kazakh wasn't unconscious he needed assistance getting to his feet and looked shaken when he was taken over to his chair in the corner.
This isn't the most stunning of KO's, compared to some of the clean knockouts, but given this was amateur boxing, this was a World Amateur Championships final, this was amazing.
Thinking Out East
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