Yengoyan Takes WBF World Title From Clayton.
Belgium has a new World Champion, as 29-year-old Sasha Yengoyan won the World Boxing Federation (WBF) Super Welterweight crown on Friday night, in his hometown of Gent, dethroning title-holder Anderson “Pantera” Clayton from Brazil.
In front of a lively crowd at the Topsporthal Vlaanderen, Yengoyan put on a dominating performance, and wisely used his longer reach to control the defending champion, landing the harder and more frequent shots to eventually win by seventh round technical knockout.
While the experienced Clayton was always dangerous due to his massive punching-power, and the fight started out being relatively even, it quickly became clear that the Brazilian found it hard to cope with the taller and technically superior Yengoyan.
The home-man continuously landed with hurtful combinations, and seemed determined to discourage and do a real job on the visitor. After six rounds, Clayton had taken enough punishment and retired on his stool at the beginning of round seven.
The new WBF World Super Welterweight Champion improved his impressive professional record to 30-1-1 (20), while Clayton (35), losing the championship in his third defense, falls to 42-9-1 (36).
Promoter of “Gents Boksgala” was Claude van den Heede.
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