Round 1: Koch presses forward. Cruickshank lands a counter right hand. Koch lands an outside leg kick. Koch steps in with a right hand. Koch lands an inside leg kick. Cruickshank rushes in and lands a kick to the body. Koch inches forward and lands an outside leg kick. Cruickshank goes to the body with a right hand. Koch lands an inside leg kick. Cruickshank delivers a kick to the body. Cruickshank moves in with a combination. He lands a high kick that knocks Koch down. Cruickshank jumps on him and unloads punches and elbows. The referee is taking a close look. Cruickshank continues to land shots. The referee steps in and stops the fight.
The official time of the stoppage was 3:21 of the opening round.
“It’s a great night for me. I showed up. When I show up, I can beat anyone. I know I belong among the best in my division and I think I proved that tonight.
“I was getting my timing, my range. And once I got that situated, I went in there with my foot and took him down and started striking.”
“I just got to hand it to Cruickshank. I never got hit with a head kick like that. He proved he was a great striker and he did it against a great striker. Kudos to Darren.”