WBA super-middleweight champion Joachim Alcine and the 11,203 fans gathered at the Uniprix stadium in Montreal yesterday were KOed by a crushing left from Daniel Santos.
At the sixth round of a bout scheduled for 12, Santos (32-3-1, 23 KOs) sent a decisive left hook to the head of a wide-open WBA champion. The attack was swift and precise, just as Alcine (30-1-0, 19 KOs) was recovering from a missed attempt.
Joachim Alcine was never able to stand up before the count of 10, and referee Marlon B. Wright stopped the fight. Santos is the new WBA super-middleweight champion, his third world championship title.
As for the home crowd, the damage from Santos' left hook left them silenced and shocked. Their champion is no longer undefeated. It is by no means the end for Alcine, but surely a step back in his pro career.
The result of the fight cannot be considered an upset and was by no means decided on a lucky punch. I had a legitimate fear and knew that Santos was really able to strip Alcine of his title.
(Picture: Joachim Alcine, Canadian Press.)
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