A left hook on the chin – and the Universum Gym at Hamburg’s fishing port exploded! Artem Harutyunyan (31) jumped through the ring like crazy – and his opponent Samuel Molina (22 / Spain) slowly got up …
“That is overwhelming,” beamed the man from Hamburg. And his brother Robert put a plastic crown on his head.
Harutyunyan won the vacant WBC International lightweight title with a hammer knockout after 2 minutes and 31 seconds of the fifth round in front of 300 fans!
“I knew he was young, wild and motivated and wanted to give everything to beat me,” said the Olympic third from Rio. “That’s why I tried systematically to find faults with him.”
When he himself was in dire straits, Harutyunyan fired his left hand at the tip of the chin of the previously undefeated Spaniard. “He came up to me with a hail of bullets. I put a couple of things in my pocket. But I knew that the gap would open. “
With the win, the Universum professional is now very close to his dream of a world championship fight. “The next thing is a WBC elimination fight,” says promoter Ismail Özen-Otto (40). “We are on a very good path.”