Richmond Djarbeng suffered a round 3 technical knockout loss to Australian, Jeff Horn in their fight for three regional titles on Saturday in New Zealand.
Djarbeng had gone into his first fight outside Ghana full of confidence vowing to stop his opponent but in the end he apparently couldn’t find an antidote to the barrage of attack unleashed on him by the Australian school teacher.
Maybe the 3-day journey by air were too exhausting for the Ghanaian who appeared tired and couldn’t withstand the energy of Horn who also enjoyed the advantage of spontaneous support form the highly partisan crowd at the Arena Manawatu, Palmerston North, New Zealand.
In the end, three rounds was all Horn needed to upstage Djarbeng after the referee stopped the fight to prevent further punishment on the Ghanaian who went into the fight on the back of 19 straight wins and ranked number 11 contender to Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather’s WBA Welterweight title.
It meant that Djarbeng who falls to 19-3-1, 15 KOs not only lost his WBA Pan Africa Welterweight belt but also the opportunity to add the both of the PABA and WBO Oriental Welterweight belts to his collection, Horn (now 10-0-1, 8 KOs) taking them all back to Australia.
Furthermore, the consequences of this defeat could oust the Djarbeng off the ratings where hitherto Horn was rated four places below the Ghanaian at number 15.