An aggressive Berchelt continued to press the action in the second round. Awuku tried to keep Berchelt honest by firing straight left hands and landed a right hook in the second round.
Awuku went after Berchelt in the third round as well, but Berchelt blasted him with a straight right hand to the chin that sent Awuku to the canvas with 1:13 to go in that round.
A game Awuku reached his feet again, but Berchelt hit him with several power punches that knocked him back into the ropes and forced the referee to stop the fight.
Awuku was a huge underdog against Berchelt, who made an optional title defense against him. Ghanaian had won his previous four fights, but against opponents that were a combined 36-53.
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