Knockout blow dents McCulloch's title dreams
COFFS Harbour raised boxer Ben McCulloch will have to wait a little longer if he's to realise his dream of claiming a world title.
This morning McCulloch was knocked out in the second round by Russian Fedor Chudinov in their battle for the interim WBA World super middleweight title.
Chudinov controlled this morning's fight at Moscow's Dynamo Palace of Sports from the start before sending McCulloch to the canvas with a crunching right hook to the head in the second round.
It was a sickening blow that appeared to have rendered the Australian unconscious before he hit the canvas.
Celebrations in the Russian camp turned to immediate concern as McCulloch required medical help as he laid face down for several minutes.
Eventually, to the relief of his parents Kenny and Denise watching from their Coffs Harbour home, McCulloch got to his feet before leaving the ring shaken but walking.
Early reports indicate McCulloch gave his support crew two thumbs up during a post-fight examination by doctors to try and let them know he's feeling OK.
This morning's loss is the first of McCulloch's 15-fight professional career.
Before the fight 'The Juicer' was in great spirits and in a funny moment left the Russian broadcasters of the fight bemused while he was being interviewed via an interpreter as his trainer was taping his hands.
The Russian interviewer wasn't sure what to make of McCulloch's response that inside the tape was some concrete, rocks and glass.
He may not have won the world title he's dreamed of for so long but at least McCulloch was able to show a worldwide audience his laidback sense of humour.