Shock points defeat for Jimi Manuwa on London homecoming

Jimi Manuwa (left) in action against Jan Blachowicz during their Light Heavyweight fight at The O2 Arena, London.

By Richard Cawley

richard@slpmedia.co.uk

Jimi Manuwa suffered a shock loss on the UFC show at Greenwich’s 02 Arena on Saturday night – dropping a unanimous points verdict to Jan Blachowicz.

The Croydon light-heavyweight had already earned a points victory over the Pole and all the talk ahead of their rematch was whether he could inflict a stoppage defeat the second time around.

But Manuwa was floored in the first round – his nose badly damaged in the process – and he continued to eat jabs from Blachowicz through the contest.

The South Londoner had a head punch accuracy of just 27 per cent and was outscored 88-45 on strikes landed.

Blachowicz did not dismiss a third meeting with Manuwa. He said: “Of course. I can do this, no problem for me.

“My boxing was better than Jimi’s boxing.

“I never chose an opponent [to fight]. I’m ready for anyone. Now I want a little break.”

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