Daniel ‘The Rock’ Dawson’s ONE Super Series debut was spoiled last night when Italian kickboxer Mustapha “Dynamite’ Haida finished him in the third round via KO at ONE: Beyond The Horizon in Shanghai, China.
It was a cautious opening from both fighters as they tested each other’s range and power, and there was very little to split the two until the final minute in the first round. Haida, the southpaw, caught Dawson clean on the chin with the end of a left-roundhouse kick, sending him to the canvas and a subsequent eight-count from the referee. Haida pushed for the finish with some strong boxing, but Dawson was able to hold on to re-group between rounds.
Not holding back, Dawson opened the second round pushing forward, knowing he had to make up the deficit on the judge’s scorecards. There was very little evidence of ring rust for either fighter with some slick kickboxing on display for those watching. A flurry of punches late in the second round went in the favour of Dawson with Haida saved by the bell.
Great head movement from Haida nullified Dawson’s fast and furious hands at the beginning of the third round before a series of unanswered punches and a left knee from Hadia’s sent Dawson crashing to the canvas, the referee waving off the fight. In the end, it was the much-touted power of Haida that was the deciding factor between the two.
Mustapha Haida defeats Daniel Dawson with a dynamite KO at 2:14 of the third round!Watch the full event LIVE & FREE on the ONE Super App 👉 http://bit.ly/ONESuperApp | TV: Check local listings for global broadcast
Posted by ONE Championship on Saturday, 8 September 2018
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