Hide Destroys Telecan
Former two-time WBO heavyweight champion Herbie Hide (40-4, 39 KOs) destroyed an unwilling Romanian Mircea Telecan (5-17-2, 3 KOs) in the 1st round on Friday night at the Hansehalle, Luebeck, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. Hide, 36, now fighting as a cruiserweight, dropped Telecan twice in the first round before the referee Arno Pokrandt stopped the horrible mismatch at 1:16 of the first round. The odd thing was, Telecan fell down twice in the first minute of the fight without ever really being hit. On the first occasion, As Hide threw a punch that missed by a mile, Telecan backed up and fell down as if he was hit.
After getting up, Hide came forward and missed a wild left hook, and then landed a right to the lower back of Telecan as he was already falling to the canvas. It looked painfully obvious that Telecan wasn’t particularly interested in fighting, as he looked terribly frightened and seemed to want to get out of the fight as soon as possible. Again, after getting up the fight was continued on for a few more seconds as Hide moved forward in attack mode.
Hide gave several feints, as if he was going to attack, and on each fake, Telecan would visibly flinch. On the 2nd feint, Telecan fell against the ropes and rolled as if he’d been struck with a huge blow and was ready to hit the canvas again. Hide moved in at that point and threw a chopping right hand that flew over Telecan’s head, missing him again. However, it didn’t matter; Telecan dropped to the canvas as if he was shot by an elephant gun.
The referee, now looking disgusted with Telecan, moved in and halted the fight at 1:16 of the round. Hide, too, was upset and moved around the ring, muttering angry comments, gesturing in the air and giving dirty looks to Telecan.
At one time, Hide was one of the best heavyweights in the world, but after losing his WBO title to Vital Klitschko in a 2nd round KO in June 1999, Hide’s career went downhill from there. He was stopped in the 2nd round by journeyman Joseph Chingangu in 2001, and in the 3rd round by unknown Mindaugas Kulikauskas in 2004. Always considered small for heavyweight, Hide finally made the move down to the cruiserweight division in 2006, a move that came perhaps too late in his career for him to take advantage of. Hide, however, needs to move quickly and step up the pace in his career, because he can’t afford to wast time fighting stiffs like Telecan for very much longer.
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