Yesterday in the US fight fans saw Kazakh hopeful Ali Akhmedov (13-0, 10) [Али Ахмедов] extend his unbeaten run as he easily defeated the horrifically over-matched Jovany Javier Gomez (17-15, 11). Inside a round.
Akhmedov pressed from the opening moments, and although the Mexican tried fighting back, it was for nought as a left hook to the body left Gomez on the canvas rolling in pain and taking the 10 count.
We're now hoping that Akhmedov will take a step up in class, as bouts like this do little for his development. The reality is that Gomez shouldn't have been in the ring with the unbeaten Kazakh. This is his 12th stoppage loss overall and his 7th inside the opening round.
Thankfully for Akhmedov he shouldn't need to be out of action for long and hopefully we'll see him back in action before the end of 2018.
(Image courtesy of Mario Rojas)
We've known for a while that Kazakh hopeful Ali Akhmedov (12-0, 9) [Али Ахмедов] would be returning to the ring on October 11th at Costa Mesa in California, though we didn't know who he would be up against.
Now it's been revealed that the unbeaten Kazakh will be facing off with Mexican journeyman Jovany Javier Gomez (17-14, 11) in what will be an 8 round bout.
Akhmedov is a Light Heavyweight prospect who trains along side Kazakh star Gennady Golovkin with Abel Sanchez. He has been tipped for big success but a bout like this really is just more of treading water fight than really stepping up and moving towards bigger and better things.
Gomez is a bit of an unknown. At the time of writing Boxrec lists him as being an 8'4" Cruiserweight, though we suspect he'll be significant shorter than that and that will is a typo. His competition has been relatively poor, but when he has stepped up he has been stopped, with the likes of Yuri Foreman, Eddie Gomez and Jose Zepeda stopping him in the opening round. We suspect Akhmedov will do somethign similar here.
(Image courtesy of Ali Akhmedov's instagram)
The past few days has seen two unbeaten Kazakh prospects sparring with the son of future Hall of Famer Shane Mosley, as they prepare for their next bouts.
Shane Mosley Jr (10-2, 7) has been putting both Ali Akhmedov (12-0, 9) [Али Ахмедов] and Janibek Alimkhanuly (2-0, 1) [Жанибек Алимханулы] through their paces in paces in what has reportedly been tough and hard sparring for the unbeaten men.
For Alimkhanuly the sparring is to help him prepare for his US debut on September 28th, where he will be facing off with the heavy handed Carlos Galvan (16-7-1, 15) and then his planned return in November, where he is pencilled in to face Vaughn Alexander (12-1, 8). As for Akhemedov the sparring is to tune him up for his next bout, scheduled for October 11th in Costa Mesa, California, though his opponent is yet to be announced.
(Image courtesy of Ahmedov's instagram)
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