Yesterday fight fans in the US saw a notable upset as previously unbeaten Kazakh fighter Ruslan Madiev (12-1, 5) [Руслан Мадиев] came up short against Mexican Pablo Cesar Cano (31-7-1, 21), losing a 5th round technical decision.
The fight saw Cano get off to a good start, being the busier, more accurate man and landing a number of solid shots in what was an active opening round. Madiev managed to have some success in round 2, landing some overhand's, but again Cano's work rate proved to be a serious problem for Madiev who seemed like he was struggling to settle early on.
Madiev finally began to have sustained success in round 3, a clear round for him, but it was short lived success with Cano moving through the gears the following round to dominate one of the fights clearest rounds.
Controversy struck in round 5 when a clash of heads left Cano cut. It seemed like a round that Madiev had deserved. The cut was so bad that the referee had to stop the contest and take us to the score cards early. Sadly for Madiev those cards were all in favour of Cano, with scores of 49-46.
The slow start by Madiev came back to bite him, though there some controversy after the fight about the judges involved, which included Adalaide Byrd, who had famously scored the original Gennady Golovkin Vs Saul Alvarez 118-110 in favour of Alvarez. The American was suspended after the fight but given no lasting punishment, which appears to have irked the Kazakh fans who have again questioned what she was doing in a judging position. Those same fans however seem to have no complaints about the victor here.
Later today US based Kazakh fighter Ruslan Madiev (12-0, 5) [Руслан Мадиев] takes on his biggest test so, as he goes up against Pablo Cesar Cano (30-7-1, 21).
Despite the bout being a step up for Madiev he is the clear betting favourite, best priced at 1/8 to win with the UK bookies. Cano on the other hand is a 6/1 under-dog. The price on the draw is a 25/1.
Thankfully this fight has multiple markets available and not just the "To win" one.
The method of victory market has Madiev by decision at 21/20 the exact same price as a Madiev stoppage win. A stoppage for Cano is 9/1 whilst Cano by decision is a big outlier at 18/1.
The "Total round" market has been set at 8.5 rounds, with the under priced at 11/10 whilst the over is 4/6.
For the bout to go the distance the odds are 21/25 and are an identical 21/25 on it to not go the distance.
Later today fight fans in the US will be able to see US based Kazakh fighter Ruslan Madiev (12-0, 5) [Руслан Мадиев] take on his biggest test so far. The unbeaten man, will be facing off with experienced Mexican Pablo Cesar Cano (30-7-1, 21) in what will be the main event of Golden Boy Promotions card on ESPN.
Yesterday the two men took part in their weigh in, and both came in under the permitted 140lbs.
Madiev was the slightly lighter, weighing in at 139.2lbs whilst Cano was around 139.4lbs. Notably Cano looked the naturally naturally bigger man, but only really has a few inches in height advantage rather than a full blown natural size different, with Madiev looking to have a thicker frame.
Madiev, promoted by GGG Promotions, is one of the many fighters being trained by Abel Sanchez and is tipped for big things. So far this year he has scored notable wins over Martin Angel Martinez and Jesus Antonio Perez Campos but this is very much a step up in both class and significant, headlining a televised show. A win here will almost certainly see him open the doors to some very big opportunities.
Cano has been on this type of stage before. He has fought big names like Erik Morales, Paulie Malignaggi and Shane Mosley. He is however a very old 28 year old, with 38 fights and over 200 rounds under his belt and he has certainly been in some thrilling fights in the past.
(Image below courtesy of Vesti.kz and Turar Kazangapov)
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