Salt Papi Smashes Through Dawood Savage in Opening Round at Social Knockout 3 (Highlights)

Papi scored his fifth win inside the squared circle, finishing Savage in less than two minutes in Dubai.

Salt Papi
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Salt Papi delivered another highlight-reel knockout in his return to the ring. 

YouTube star Nathanial Bustamante, best known by his fans as Salt Papi, made quick work of his opponent, Dawood Savage, during Saturday’s Social Knockout 3 card in Dubai with a series of brutal body shots in the opening round. 

Unleashing a flurry of lefts and rights to Savage’s midsection, Papi sent his opponent crashing to the canvas early on. Savage answered the count but immediately paid for it as Papi moved in and quickly knocked him down a second time. Needing only one more knockdown, Papi went right back to the body, landing a left hook that put Savage down for the third and final time. 

The stoppage was called 1:49 into the bout, declaring Papi the victor via TKO. 

Salt Papi Shows Respect to His Opponent Following Quick Finish

Immediately following the fight, Salt Papi had nothing, but respect for his opponent, saying:

“I respect Dawood for taking the fight,” Papi said after the victory. “I didn’t want to hit him in the face so I just hit him in the body. … I don’t wanna to give him any injuries. I feel bad that he went down. I wanted to take him to longer rounds.”

With the victory, Papi is now 5-2 in his boxing career, all exhibitions. After seeing his three-fight win streak snapped by Anthony Taylor in 2023, Papi is now riding the momentum of back-to-back wins after besting Amadeusz Roślik and Savage in his last two outings. 

Published on July 7, 2024 at 12:57 am
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