Russia's Drozd beats Janik to defend WBC cruiserweight title

MOSCOW (AP) Russia's Grigory Drozd defended his WBC cruiserweight title for the first time Friday, defeating Poland's Lukasz Janik with a ninth-round technical knockout.

Cheered on by a raucous and nationalist home crowd in the Russian capital, Drozd weakened Janik with a succession of body shots before knocking him down in the seventh round.

Janik went into a defensive mode as he tried to last the distance, but the referee stopped the fight in the ninth with the Pole taking a pounding and barely able to defend himself.

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