Kostya Tszyu vs. Diosbelys Hurtado
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Saturday, November 28, 1998
James Jen Kin
When Miguel Angel Gonzalez pulls out of their bout for the vacant WBC Super Lightweight Championship, Kostya Tszyu instead faces last-minute substitute Diosbelys Hurtado in a wild firefight. Just a minute into the bout, Tszyu freezes Hurtado with a right hand against the ropes and follows up with a left hook that forces the Cuban to catch himself with a glove on the canvas. When Tszyu goes for the kill, he runs into a right hand that drops him onto a glove and a knee. Shortly thereafter, he eats another right that forces both of his gloves to the canvas for a second knockdown. With his right eye swelling, Tszyu keeps coming and blasts Hurtado with some bombs before the end of the round. After that, Tszyu slowly takes control of the bout and is breaking Hurtado down in the fifth when he finally drops him to a knee with a body shot. Another left hook to the body puts Hurtado on his rear and convinces Referee James Jen Kin to stop the fight.