By Wayne Bartlett at ringside: Choi Tseveenpurev continued his winning ways on Friday night (March 23), after scoring an early contender for KO of the year against Frenchman Bastien Rozeaux in the eighth round at the Troxy in London.
Fresh from winning Prizefighter last October, the 40-year-old Tseveenpurev once more made a mockery of any question marks over his age, but was made to work extremely hard before landing a fight ending overhand right counter.
Opponent Rozeaux was a late replacement for Brazilian no-show Josenilson Dos Santos with the vacant WBC International silver featherweight title on the line, and proved to be more than worthy of the opportunity from the opening bell.
The opening rounds of the fight saw the ‘Mongolian Warrior’ Choi pour it on against his French adversary, much to the delight of his army of fans in attendance.
28-year-old Rozeaux, 10-3-1(8), was covering up well though under the pressure, and never appeared as though he would wilt whilst displaying a tidy style.
The tide appeared to turn in round five as Rozeaux began to push back Tseveenpurev. The Mongolian, forced to box off the back foot, was still landing neat combinations but simply unable to quell the ambition of his Gallic rival.
With both men throwing an abundance of punches in a close round seven and Choi still forced to box on his bike, you began to wonder if Rozeaux’s swarming tactics could prosper in the later rounds.
One crunching right hand counter later at the start of the following round and wonder is all we could do.
Again forcing his man to back up, Rozeaux attempted a one two combination at the start of round eight. Missing with the left jab, the Frenchman hadn’t even extended his right arm for the right when a booming overhand right exploded bang on his chin.
Somehow managing to get to his feet but with his legs all over the place, referee Richie Davies had no other option than to wave the fight over.
It’s difficult to explain outside of boxing how something so destructive can be described as beautiful, and replays showed the effect of the punch was such that Rozeaux’s body was bent backwards with his right leg still standing trapped underneath.
Tseveenpurev improving to 36-5(24) with this win, his enigmatic promoter Spencer Fearon talked afterwards of hopes at securing the Mongolian warrior a world title shot.
This crunching win just another chapter in the story of Choi Tseveenpurev, no would deny him deserving it.