Christian Mbilli crushes DeAndre Ware three times in 2nd round knockout victory

Christian Mbilli delivered the statement he was looking to make in his final in-ring performance.

A dominating performance was provided by France’s Mbilli, a 2016 Olympic quarter-finalist and current super middleweight contender who overwhelmed Toledo’s DeAndre Ware. The last of three knockdowns provided an immediate stoppage at 2:20 a.m. of the second round of their ESPN+ main event airing Friday night from the Casino de Montreal in Montreal, Canada.

The fight has been suggested as the toughest test yet for Mbilli. Ware was stopped before but never dominated from the start as he did on Friday. Both boxers looked to establish their power early in the fight, simultaneously throwing left hooks. Mbilli was the most telling move, sending Ware to the canvas barely a minute into the contest.

Ware beat the count but his night would never improve. Mbilli continued to press, shaking the American with a right hand towards the end of the first round.

Mbilli mixed up his attack in round two, working the body then bringing his power shots upstairs. A left hook to the body froze Ware along the ropes, with a slashing right hand to the temple sending him to the canvas midway through the second round. The 34-year-old trials horse beat the count but couldn’t hold Mbilli at bay.

A final right hand upstairs brought Ware back to the canvas, this time prompting referee Alain Villeneuve to call a halt to the fight.

Ware drops to 15-4-2 (9KOs), having suffered three knockout losses in his last five starts. A modest two-fight winning streak preceded his first fight in Canada and just second overall outside the United States

Mbilli sails 22-0 (20KOs) with the win, his second straight inside distance and both coming to this spot since signing with Camille Estephan’s Eye of the Tiger Management (EOTTM). The 27-year-old Cameroon-born knockout artist has now stopped seven of his last eight opponents, four of them in the past 12 months.

Two regional titles came with the win, as Mbilli hopes to move up the super middleweight rankings.

A title shot could be hard to come by as Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez (57-2-2, 39KOs) holds all four major titles, three of which have established mandatory challengers awaiting a crack at the box’s biggest attraction. – sports office. With a new exit deal between EOTTM and ESPN+, there is at least a platform for Mbilli to stay active while waiting for a crack at the division’s top prize.

Jake Donovan is Senior Writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox

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