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In a rare victory for the former world champion who was beaten in the finals by Wout Poels to claim his fourth world title, Nairo Quintana had plenty of reason to celebrate as he set his sights on a fifth world crown on Saturday night.
Quintana was a victim of his own circumstances on the back of his stunning defeat by Michael Johnson and, even without a victory, he looked poised for yet another upset in this year’s event.
The 33-year-old, a seven-time world champion, finished with 1:57.000 behind his compatriot, Johnson. But it wasn’t en샌즈 카지노ough, as the British champion fell to the second seed in a tight five-set encounter and Quintana (40-4, 33 KO) had to claw his way through to claim his fifth title at the World Boxing Champions tournament for a 19th time.
Michael Johnson is the first non-British world champion. Photo: AFP
Quintana was left alone to revel on victory, but did so for a minute after Johnson’s second, when he turned around to ask, “I am so happy – if I was more like Michae타이 마사지l, you’d be happy too.”
Johnson’s win over Anthony Joshua was one of the biggest upsets of a tournament which had been shaping up to be a slugfest with a quarter-final on the line.
And it was a rare victory for the 26-year-old, who looked the fresher and more confident of the two men to come out on top on Saturday night.
Johnson looked the most relaxed during the second set, but it wasn’t long until Quintana’s frustration was unleashed, when he lost the set after being trapped by a pair of hard blows to his face from the Brazilian.
Johnson was clearly frustrated by the damage, with Johnson, who is also the world title challenger, telling reporters, “I’m not happy about the knock down…I really wish I didn’t lose the match.”
Johnson’s loss to Michael Johnson, who took down the British challenger on their first meeting in March, ended up costing him his bid at a world title.
As Johnson fell behind, Quintana stepped up and, in keeping with the tone of his own post-match comments, added a second-round TKO in the opening frames.
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