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Photos: Joe Joyce Beats Down Iago Kiladze For TKO Win

Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario, California - The co-main event saw British Silver Medalist Joe Joyce (6-0, 6 KOs) make his U.S. debut in a heavyweight fight domination against Iago Kiladze (26-4-0, 18 KOs) of Georgia. (photos by Luis Meija).

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Thirty seconds into the second round, Joyce sent Kiladze through the ropes with a flurry of right hands. Kiladze recovered and fought back, surviving the remainder of the round.

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He entered the third throwing everything he could, but Joyce hit him with a hard hook to the body forcing him to the canvas again. The fight ended in the with 41 seconds to go in the fifth round as Joyce landed a hard left hook to Kiladze's body knocking him out.

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To open the night of fights at Citizens Business Bank Arena, former world champion James DeGale (25-2-1, 15 KOs) defeated Fidel Moterrosa (39-19-1, 31 KOs) via third round KO.

Brandon Figueroa (17-0-0, 12 KOs) knocked out Oscar Escandon (25-5-0, 17 KOs) in an action-packed 10-round super bantamweight bout live on FS1 and FOX Deportes.

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Both Figueroa and Escandon picked up the pace early as they went toe-to-toe battling in an entertaining fight from the first bell. Figueroa, who typically fights at a distance, wanted to make a statement that he isn't afraid to fight on the inside. An accidental head butt caused a large cut over the left eye of Figueroa, as blood poured the remainder of the fight. The combatants continued to throw high volumes of punches throughout the bout, but Figueroa remained more accurate and active as Escandon did his best to stay strong. In the tenth and final round, Figueroa sealed the win with a powerful combination that ended in a right upper cut to Escandon's chin, sending him to the canvas rendering him unable to stand at minute 1:42.

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Also featured on the card was fast-rising star Joey Spencer (5-0, 5 KOs) of Union City, Calif. Against Cory Macon (0-3-0) of Durham, NC in a four-round middleweight bout. The 18-year-old Spencer, with dreams to become the youngest American with a world title, went to work immediately, going to the body of Macon. He continued to attack the body, but with a hard left hook, he sent Macon to the canvas, ending the fight just inside round number one at minute 2:36.

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Efe Ajagba (7-0-0, 6 KOs) faced Nick Jones (7-1-0, 5 KOs) of Okmulgee, OK in a six-round heavyweight fight that didn't even last one round. With a hard right hand, Ajagba sent Jones to the canvas with a devastating knockout in 2:25 of the first.

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In a televised swing bout, young prospect Jose Balderas (5-0-0) of Santa Maria, Calif. was tested by Mexican Ivan Martino (3-3-0, 3 KOs) in a bantamweight, but was able to get his shots off, connected with several left hooks to Martino's body.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Pound4PoundStud on 10-02-2018

[QUOTE=The Westerner;19156584]Efe ajagba smokes this sh.... it, this dude is slow and is not technical enough....[/QUOTE] He's very slow but hits very hard. Anyone with speed and movement will give him problems... until he lands a punch!

Comment by Marvlus Marv on 10-01-2018

[QUOTE=DramaShow;19156841]'im doing this for my kids' is another bellew classic lol. said that about 50x in the haye build up[/QUOTE] Haha! I knew there were more Bellewisms but I couldn't think what they were. Thanks man, that's going in for…

Comment by DramaShow on 10-01-2018

[QUOTE=mlac;19156834][/QUOTE] yep seen that, got caught early but ref shouldnt have waved it off he was on completely steady legs. he was still an outstanding amateur overall

Comment by DramaShow on 10-01-2018

[QUOTE=Marvlus Marv;19156814]Joyce is like a block of concrete with arms and legs. Everything about his style says it shouldn't work but it does. Dude takes a load of clean shots but just marches on forward. Unbelievably tough.[/QUOTE] 'im doing this…

Comment by mlac on 10-01-2018

[QUOTE=DramaShow;19156829]he seemed to do alright in the amateurs for being 'slow and not technical enough'. world championship bronze, olympic silver, european gold, commonwealth gold[/QUOTE]

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