On what was a crazy day of action yesterday, with fans spoilt for choice as to watch to watch, there was some bouts that slipped through through the cracks of some fans. One such bout was the latest contest featuring top Kazakh prospect Kazakh fighter Sadriddin Akhmedov (12-0, 11) [Ахмедов Садриддин], who extended his unbeaten run with his latest knockout.
The excellent 21 year old was taking on Argentinian Jose Antonio Villalobos (12-6-2, 7), and did exactly what he needed to do.
Early on Akhmedov boxed well, picking his spots whilst being aggressive against a game Villalobos. As the fight went on however the Argentinian began to get beaten up, round by round, by the unbeaten Kazakh who showed every punch in the book.
Villalobos fought hard, trying to withstand the power punches of Akhmedov, but was spending more and more time on the back foot and on the ropes as Akhmedov continued to apply pressure, show boat and have fun in the ring. That was until round 7, when Akhmedov landed a massive right hand on the jaw of Villalobos, sending the Argentinian crashing to the canvas, and resulting in the referee waving off the bout.
With 5 wins this year and a growing profile it's likely that Akhmedov will make a lot of noise in 2020, and his career, going forward, is really one to follow.
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Tomorrow in Canada unbeaten Kazakh fighter Sadriddin Akhmedov (10-0, 9) [Ахмедов Садриддин] will look to close out the year with another win, as he takes on Argentinian Jose Antonio Villalobos (12-5-2, 7). The bout is expected to be another win for the fast rising Canadian based Kazakh, who is certainly one of the hottest prospects in world boxing.
Surprisingly 1 UK bookmaker has priced the bout up, and have made the the bout look like the mismatch we feel it is.
Akhmedov is priced at 1/33 to win the bout whilst Villalobos is a 10/1 under-dog., The draw, for those expecting the unexpected, is 25/1.
Sadly the only odds offered on this fight are the "To Win" odds, which is disappointing given it would have been very interesting to see what price a stoppage for Akhmedov would have been, and how quickly they'd expect him to score the knockout.
Earlier today we were informed that Sadriddin Akhmedov (10-0, 9) [Ахмедов Садриддин] has had his next opponent confirmed.
The unbeaten Kazakh, who will return to the ring on December 7th at the Bell Centre in Montreal, will be up against Argentinian Jose Antonio Villalobos (12-5-2, 7).
The talented Akhmedov will be fighting for the 5th time this year, and look to build on his 7th round TKO win in October against Johnny Navarrete. The hope will then be fore bigger fights in 2020 for Akhmedov, who has been busy this year, but not progressing in terms of level of opposition, moving laterally as opposed to progressing.
The 25 year old Villalobos has been a professional since 2014 and has faced some stiff competition, but lost to all the notable names he has been matched with, with losses to Patryk Szymanski, Alan Emmanuel Castano, Kamil Szeremeta and Khuseyn Baysangurov. Despite the 5 losses he has only been stopped once, though that was just 2 fights ago against Baysangurov.
This bouts comes on a card headlined by a Super Middleweight clash between David Lemieux (40-4, 34) and Max Bursak (35-5-3, 16), and although a mismatch in favour of Akhmedov it's sometimes easy to forget that he is only 21 and only debuted in April 2018, so time really is on his side.
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Last night in Canada fight fans saw rising hopeful Sadriddin Akhmedov (10-0, 9) [Ахмедов Садриддин], from Kazakhstan, continue his unbeaten run as he became only the 5th man to stop experienced Mexican tough guy Johnny Navarrete (33-16-2, 15).
From the early going it seemed that the Mexican was there to do more than just survive, and backed up the talented Kazakh youngster in first half of the bout. It was clear he had come to give an effort, something we don't always see in big under-dogs, but sadly for him he did struggle to land clean on Akhmedov who always a bit too classy, even on the back foot.
Akhmedov, despite being backed up, looked in control and self assured, picking his moments to strike with heavy shots and pacing himself well. The talent was obvious from Akhmedov who found the space for some huge right hands and sharp counter hooks.
In round 7 the Mexican began to look a touch weary, and although he continued to try and press forward it was clear the big shots of Akhmedov were taking a toll on him. He wasn't being smashed to pieces, but he was taking more and more punishment,
and wisely chose to retire in his corner at the end of the round, giving Akhmedov the TKO win.
For Navarrete the bout shows he comes to win, and despite not being the most talented fighter he does give a genuine effort. It seemed that he was injured when he was sat in the corner at the end of the bout, and few can fault him for the effort he'd given. As for Akhmedov, this was a great work out after fighting just 1 since the end of March and he'll have appreciated the ring time. The stoppage didn't come how he'd have wanted but stopping Navarrete is never easy and he certainly deserved credit for being such a disciplined fight here.
Earlier today Vesti.kz reported that this weekend's bout between unbeaten Kazakh prospect Sadriddin Akhmedov (9-0, 8) [Ахмедов Садриддин] and experienced Mexican tough guy Johnny Navarrete (33-15-2, 15), which will be staged in Canada, would be televised in Kazakhstan.
The first rising and highly regarded Akhmedov will be getting shown on Khabar TV in Kazakhstan from 7am local time.
For the talented and unbeaten youngster the bout will be his first bout since he stopped Daniel Vega Cota, back on June 29th. Since then he has gotten married to a Kazakh pop star, and taken a bit of a break from the ring. Despite the break he has remained in great shape and is expected to shine this weekend, with another bout pencilled in for December.
As for Navarrete this will be his 51t professional bout, and despite having 15 losses to his record he has only been stopped 4 time in his long career.
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