Dennis Andries waited 13 months for revenge. Yesterday he got it.
Andries knocked out Jeff Harding in the seventh round of a brutal fight in Melbourne, Australia, to regain the World Boxing Council light heavyweight title he lost to the Australian last year.
Andries stunned Harding with a chopping right to the head, then knocked him out with an overhand right at the 2:15 mark. After referee Arthur Mercante counted out the previously unbeaten Harding, Andries celebrated by doing a backward flip.
"I've never seen anything like it," his trainer, Emanuel Steward, said. "The punches Harding landed could have knocked anyone out, but Dennis refused to let them hurt him. It was mind over matter."
Andries, 36, a Detroit-based Englishman, joined Marvin Johnson as the only fighters to win the light heavyweight title three times.
"Three times, man, I did it," Andries said after improving his record to 37-8-2. "I came to his backyard and did a demolition job."
Last June in Atlantic City, Andries was ahead on points when he was knocked out by Harding in the 12th round.
Harding, who was making his third title defense, paid tribute to Andries' toughness.
"He was the better man tonight," said Harding, who dropped to 17-1. "I gave it everything I had in the fifth and sixth rounds and I thought I had him. Andries is a great fighter and it's no disgrace to lose to him."