JOHANNESBURG – Sefen Seferi from Albania was stopped in the third round by South Africa’s Kevin Lerena, who retained his IBO cruiserweight belt for the fifth time, at Emperors Palace near Kempton Park on Saturday night.
All credit to Lerena (90.20kg) who came out aggressively at the opening bell, but in reality there was little response from Seferi (89.30kg) who fought with his gloves held up to his face as he pushed out some tentative lefts and rights that missed the champion.
This was the same pattern in the second round and when Lerena stepped up the pace in round three there was little response from Seferi and the only time he showed any form of aggression in the fight was when he complained bitterly to the referee that Lerena had hit him behind the head.
In the third round, the superbly-conditioned Lerena 24-1; 11 landed a glancing southpaw left hand blow the side of the head that sent Seferi to his knees.
Referee Jean Robert Laine from Monte Carlo picked up the count and then waved the fight off without completing the count at two minutes 30 seconds into the round.