Fans who had seen the two men fight knew that this had the potential to be something very special the bout lived up to expectations, with the two men going straight to war. From the first round both men were freely letting their hands go, landing clean with combinations and working at an incredibly high tempo in center ring. The tempo never let up through the first 4 rounds, which began by favouring Malikov, but would swing into Yordan's favour.
With the fighting turning in the favour of the Indonesian Malikov gave his all in round 5 and had a good round, rocking Yordan late. It was however more of a last hurrah for the Russian, rather than the start of a comeback. In roudn 6 Yordan bounced back well, and was helped as the referee deducted a point from Malikov for throwing Yordan down. That was the start of the end with Malikov showing signs of running on fumes as Yordan kept up his relentless pressure and really broke him down, despite the Indonesian bleeding from a cut.
In round 8 the pressure finally told as Malikov, who had taken body shots repeatedly through the fight, was dropped. It was as much exhaustion and accumulation as anything else, but it was clear that Malikov was a beaten man, with the referee stopping the count and waving the bout off.
For Malikov it's the end of an unbeaten run which had seen the Russian defeat the likes of Carlo Magali, Adones Aguelo, Denier Berrio and Daiki Kaneko, with the loss sending Kaneko into retirement. For Yordan however it's a huge step towards getting a Lightweight world title bout.