Butcher hacks through Damasco in short order
Going into the fight with world-ranked Light heavyweight Rob “The Butcher” Berridge, Brazilian puncher Rogerio Damasco claimed that his opponent’s defensive frailties would be seriously exposed.
He was never allowed the time to make good on these promises as he was bludgeoned to the mat twice by the PABA and WBO Oriental belt holder before his corner threw in the towel in the opening stanza.
“The Butcher” has been providing local fight fans with exciting spectacles for years racking up 20 stops in 24 wins and it was much to the benefit of boxing that Duco signed him to a 6 year contract in August last year.
Since signing the contract Berridge has continued to impress; posting four destructive knockout wins, including regarded New Zealand light heavyweight Daniel MacKinnon and Australian nemesis Kerry Foley.
Damasco’s troubles began with the first left hand he received from Berridge, which was obviously a lot harder than what he was expecting.
Half way through the round Berridge detonated another left which knocked Damasco down.
Although he was able to rise, he was clearly hurt badly and Berridge pressed, busting up his nose and knocking him down for the final time with two more straight lefts.
Though Damasco claimed he was fine at the time of the stoppage, his corner were right in saving their charge from further punishment as he was clearly hurt and in no condition to improve his position.
Damasco failed to take into account Berridge’s power, as well as his own reputed “sting” being the product of a padded record. Although he was 12-1 with 12 knockouts coming into the contest, Damasco’s tally was built up against fighters with a combined 28-70 record – including four opponents who were on debut, a couple who were 0-1, and another with a record of 0-19.
Berridge’s win moves the WBO ranked fighter further into title contention with champion Sergey Kovalev (24-0, 22 KOs), with the Russian juggernaut booked against Australian Blake Caparello (19-0-1, 6 KOs) on August 2nd.
The only blot on Berridge’s record came against the same fighter – as the rangey Caparello decisioned Berridge in August 2012 in an awkward bout that was tough to score.