Ababiy, 20, landed the first significant shot against his opponent Juan Francisco Lopez Barajas – then with a perfect 5-0 record – just 29 seconds into his Madison Square Garden debut.
And it was all he needed.
“It was unexpected,” said Ababiy, who trains at SweatBox Brooklyn in Sunset Park, after his victory. “I meant to throw the hard body shot, but I didn’t know that was going to be the outcome. All my fights, I go for the body shot because that’s my favorite shot. I knew he wasn’t going to get up.”
Ababiy landed a left uppercut to his opponent’s body, earning him a fifth straight knockout. After making his debut this past October, the Matchroom Boxing signee has only seen six pro rounds in his five fights, an early testament to his finishing ability.
“Every punch is devastating, but as you saw from the performance it was a body shot,” said Ababiy. “A lot of my knockouts come from my body shot. I was trying to go all the rounds and show people how good I can last.”
Asked if he even needed to shower after disposing of his opponent within 40 seconds, the 20-year-old smiled and responded, “No, man, it was too quick, I’m good.”