13.07.07 - By Tim Neilson: European Super featherweight champion Leva Kirakosyan (26-4, 17 KOs) tore British challenger Carl Johanneson (28-3, 18 KOs) apart, knocking him down four times en route to a 4th round knockout in their revenge bout tonight at the Metrodome in Barnsley, England. Johannseson was down once in the 2nd, twice in the 3rd and another time in the 4th.
Article posted on 14.07.2007
Johannseson, 28, the British Super featherweight champion, was no match for Kirakosyanís superior power, just was the case in their first fight in December 2004, at which time Kirakosyan flatted Johanneson in the 1st round. This time, however, Johanneson lasted a little longer, but proved that his fighting strategy against Kirokosyan hadnít improved much in the past three years.
In the first round, Kirakosyan quickly established that he was the harder puncher, as he tagged Johanneson at will with powerful left hooks, and uppercuts. In contrast, Johanneson, was much slower and weaker, and didnít have anything to throw in return to keep Kirakosyan off him. However, it wasnít as if Johanneson was trying to keep him at a distance, since he appeared to want to mix it up on the inside despite taking a lot of incoming fire.
In the second round, Kirakosyan continued punishing Johanneson with mostly uppercuts, as he quickly discovered that Johanneson had no ability to block any of them, although for that matter, he couldnít block anything else, either. Kirakosyan badly punished Johanneson for most of the round, only rarely getting hit with anything in return other than a weak jab or an excruciatingly slow right hand. Even then, the punch had little on it, because Johanneson was throwing the punches defensively due to the fact that he was getting tagged with so many power shots from Kirakosyan. Near the end of the round, Kirakosyan landed a huge left uppercut that dropped Johanneson. He lay there for several moments, badly hurt. However, he was able to make it up before the count of 10. Shortly thereafter, the round ended, much to his relief.
At the start of the 3rd round, Kirakosyan landed several jabs, and then a powerful, chopping right hand that connected to the side of Johannesonís head, sending him down to the canvas again. Johanneson immediately got up, and was then greeted with a storm of shots by Kirakosyan, who then threw a huge number of punches, many of them missing in his urgency to score a knockout. Towards the end of the round, Kirakosyan looked to be tiring a little due to the amount of punches heíd thrown during the round, and was beginning to take a few shots in return from Johanneson. However, with very little time left in the round, Kirakosyan landed a picture perfect uppercut to the chin of Johanneson, sending him to the canvas once again. Like before, Johanneson was able to make it up and last out the round, but he was in bad shape.
In the 4th round, Kirakosyan seemed to forgo many of his other assortment of punches, in large part to focus exclusively on his uppercut, which he landed again and again - with both hands - to the head of Johanneson. Finally, Kirakosyan landed a huge right uppercut, badly hurting Johanneson, who momentarily stood there after taking the shot, before finally starting to fall to the canvas, at which point Kirakosyan gave him a rough push to give him a little help on his downward fall. The referee gave no protest about the push, however, considering that Johanneson was badly hurt after hitting the canvas, laying there for more than two minutes afterwards.