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Boxing News of Monday, 15 February 2021


Nigerians hail Usman after knockout win over Burns

Kamaru Usman (right) Kamaru Usman (right)

Nigerians have hailed Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight champion, Kamaru Usman, after his impressive third round knockout win over former teammate, Gilbert Burns, at the UFC 258 in Las Vegas on Sunday.

Usman overcame a first round scare to pull off one of the performances of the night to dispatch off Burns in the third round after dropping the Brazilian with a strong right hand jab before raining several punches on his helpless challenger.

The win was the third defence of his welterweight title after previously seeing off Colby Covington and Jorge Masvidal in 2019 and 2020 respectively.

Reacting to the win, Nigerians took to social media to congratulate the UFC star who is unbeaten in 13 fights in the franchise, the longest winning streak in the welterweight division.

Sunday Dankwai stated on Twitter, “What a beautiful title fight, you are a great example for many young Nigerians, we are so proud of you for always making our green white green shine and be respected. Your entrance with the flag was the TKO. Keep it up, congratulations, the Naija spirit is always in you and thank you man.”

Imole @HeavenlyVibes said, “Thank you sir! Your decency, dedication and professional carriage continues to give us joy and national pride. Nigerians are proud of you. Long may your reign be!”

“Congratulations Champ. Thank you for making us proud. I was actually very nervous being that Burns was your teammate and knew you so well. But like always you showed them that you are the ‘Nigerian Nightmare’. Congrats and congratulations to Burns too,” Frankie @foanor tweeted, Attah @attanuy wrote, “Congratulations brother, you really made us in Nigeria proud, keep up the good work you deserve it.”

Olufisayo @codedsquare added, “You’re not just the ‘Nigerian nightmare’, you’re the king of the UFC at the moment. Congrats your highness.”

The win takes Usman’s win to 18 in 19 fights with just one loss.