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There was a brief break before the start of the third round as there wasn’t a ring side doctor around but when action resumed Knight did his job avoiding being caught by Lobov, whose swellings and cuts got worst which was mostly it, as there was little action in the third round.
Knight was far ahead on scorecards by the fourth round and that forced Lobov into a desperate aggressive mode that saw him land some of the biggest punches of the fight and earning his best round. Knight took them all well.
Lobov’s eye was swollen so bad before the start of the fifth round and Knight smelled the end and went win pressurizing Lobov and with one of those rights landed on Lobov’s eye forcing him to take a knee but after making it to his feet, his corner deemed it right to throw in the towel at exactly 0.29 of the fifth round.
“Of course, if he wants it,” Knight said. “I love that guy. I respect that guy; he respects me. Anytime he gets in here and wants to do it a third time, I’m ready.”
Lobov was low after the fight and turned down questions concerning his future. He admitted to being very emotional after losing via stoppage.
“Of course, I have to go back now,” Lobov said. “The emotions are very low after a loss, especially a stoppage loss, so it (expletive) hurts double bad for me. You just have to take it and accept it and move forward. I’ll have to see what happens.”