ESTEBAN BERMUDEZ was left a bloody mess after he was knocked out by Hiroto Kyoguchi.
The 26-year-old Mexican had claret gushing from everywhere on his head following his eighth round defeat last night.
The two men collided in a WBA junior flyweight boxing title unification bout under the promotion of Eddie Hearn's Matchroom.
But it was Kyoguchi who overcame two point deductions to destroy Bermudez before the fight was stopped 28 seconds into round eight at Domo Alcalde in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Kyoguchi drew blood early in the clash after delivering a number of combinations.
Bermudez continued to be unable to defend against his opponent’s uppercut in the second round.
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The unbeaten champ from Tokyo continued to utilise his left hook, bloodying the nose and opening up a cut above his opponent’s eye.
The damage led to Bermudez having to visit the ringside doctor towards the end of the third after another cut on his forehead occurred.
And his face was then turned into a crimson mess as Kyoguchi continued to dominate, even though he could not find a knockout punch.
The official warned both men to avoid any more headbutts at the beginning of the sixth, with Kyoguchi then being deducted one point despite it being Bermudez that initiated forehead-to-forehead exchanges.
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Bermudez was rocked again by a pair of jabs before Kyoguchi was deducted another point near the end of round seven.
The star was then examined by the doctor again – but the medic gave the thumbs up for him to continue as he remained on the receiving end of some heavy punishment.
But Kyoguchi flew out of his corner in round eight and he delivered a series of shots that the defenceless Bermudez had no answer for, forcing the ref to step in and stop the contest.
The victory stretched Kyoguchi’s unbeaten record to 16-0 (11KOs) and was his fourth successful title defence.
The warrior is a two-weight world champion and has held the WBA (Super) and The Ring light-flyweight titles since 2018.
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