South Africa’s Dricus du Plessis lost his KSW welterweight belt after getting knocked out by Roberto Soldic in a rematch at the SSE Arena, Wembley, in London on Saturday night.
Soldic (14-3) finished Du Plessis (12-2) in the third round, returning the favour after losing the strap in similar fashion to ‘Stillknocks’ in Wroclaw, Poland in April.
Both men landed significant strikes in a tense opening round, but Soldic started to dominate Du Plessis on the feet in the second frame as he unleashed brutal body kicks and tested his opponent’s guard with power punches.
Du Plessis, who had some success with leg and body kicks, attempted to grapple as Soldic ratcheted up the pressure, but the German-based Croatian was on point with his takedown defence.
‘Robocop’ grew in confidence, and got the finish in the third as he floored a wobbly Du Plessis with a left hand and rained down heavy shots to force the stoppage.
The defeat snaps an eight-fight win streak for Du Plessis, who still holds the EFC welterweight and middleweight titles.
Newly-minted EFC interim welterweight champion Gunther Kalunda (5-0) is among those demanding the 24-year-old defend his belts.
Du Plessis last fought on home soil in August 2017.