Jose “Chon” Zepeda got up four times from the canvass, to drop Ivan Baranchyk four times, KO`ing him with a massive left hook, and winning the vacant World Boxing Council silver super lightweight title, in the most dramatic fight seen in sixty two years.
Ivan’s intention from the outset was monumental clear. He was utterly determined to bulldoze Chon. In round one Chon was caught with a big right, which put him down hard. Then he was back on the canvass from a big left.
Not to be outdone, southpaw Chon retaliated with a smart left hook in round two which dropped a surprised Ivan, who got up and returned the favor with an eye watering right cross, so Chon was back on the canvass.
In round three Chon unleashed a furious combination to fell Ivan. The tide was beginning to turn, with Ivan`s face lumpy and bumpy, but he wasn’t done yet. Round four saw Ivan staggering Chon twice with hellacious wild rights, only for Chon to swivel and deck him with a left hook. Ivan wobbled up on unsteady pins and was saved by the bell.
In the fifth, Ivan was charging like a bull, but being checked and punished by an ashen faced Chon, who was magnificently rallying, seeing and seizing the initiative, by turning the titan tidal wave. In a final hurrah, Ivan slammed Chon with a Herculean right driving him into the ropes and That elicited yet another count from Referee Kenny Bayless, who`s mathematical prowess was wonderfully sharpened during the evening.
Chon measured the by now almost exhausted Ivan with a straight right jab and blasted him down and out with a blockbuster left hook. Ivan`s right leg twisted and buckled underneath him. The time was two minutes and fifty seconds.
He was spark out unconscious for about a minute, before he gradually came too. But was kept on the canvass for some minutes, being treated by the Ring Doctor, before being carefully and slowly helped on to a stool.
He walked back to the changing room under his own steam. But was Immediately taken to hospital for a thorough medical examination.
Such undiluted drama, hasn’t been seen since Archie Moore successfully defended his light heavyweight title in 1958 against rugged Canadian Yvon Durelle . Down three times in round one and in the fifth, Archie somehow survived, using all of his subtle skills, weathering a fisherman`s storm. Then he went on to launch his own squall, surging over his opponent.
Archie dropped Yvon in the seventh, tenth and in the eleventh to achieve the KO. No boxer has KO`d as many.
In a career spanning 1935 to 1963, with 186-23-10, 132 Knockouts. Some say that with the bootleg unofficial early matches, it was actually 141…but who’s counting?
Allow us to present: 48 Seconds of Insanity
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