Last night fight fans in Canada had the chance to see unbeaten Kazakh prospect Sadriddin Akhmedov (6-0, 6) [Ахмедов Садриддин] score his latest win, and keep his KO run alive.
The hard hitting Kazakh needed just 82 seconds to get rid of Mexican journeyman Eliud Melendez Rocha (14-11-2, 7), who looked totally in over his depth.
Akhmedov took a few moments to look at his man before be backed Rocha on to the ropes. As we've seen in previous Akhmedov fights his opponents really need to stay away from there. With Rocha trapped Akhmedov went to work and landed a wonderful combination, punctuated by an excellent body shot, that dropped Rocha. Rocha did get up but was in no fit state to continue and the referee stopped the bout.
This was Akhmedov's 6th win in 8 months, and we do like the activity, but it feels like it's now time to step up a level, as this is his 4th opening round win, an his 4th bout to last less than 2 minutes. Hopefully 2019 will bring better challenges for the talented Kazakh prospect, as he really needs and deserves to be tested better than this.
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We've known for a while that Kazakh prospect Sadriddin Akhmedov (5-0, 5) [Ахмедов Садриддин] would be back in the ring on December 14th for a bout in Edmonton, Canada. Until today however his opponent for that bout wasn't known.
Sadly, though not surprisingly give the short notice, the opponent will not be someone too inspiring. Instead it will be Mexican journeyman Eliud Melendez Rocha (14-10-2, 7), who has been stopped in 5 of his 10 losses and is 2-6-1 in his last 9 bouts.
Akhmedov has fit in 5 fights already this year, in what has been a very busy year for the former amateur stand out, but the hope will be that his activity slows down next year and instead his quality of opposition will increase. He doesn't need more quick blow outs, but needs fight to develop his skills and experience.
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Earlier this evening in Canada fans had the chance to see touted Kazakh prospect Sadriddin Akhmedov (5-0, 5) [Ахмедов Садриддин] continue his perfect start to professional boxing, as he stopped the much more experienced Jose Francisco Zuniga (14-12-2, 5) in round 2.
The Canadian based Kazakh was fighting for the 5th time in just over 7 months and hardly broke a sweat as Zuniga looked out of his depth from the opening moments. Akhmedov applied pressure from early on and Zuniga really had no answer other than to cover up, and try to survive. That however was never going to work and Akhmedov just kept up the attack, forcing a stoppage less than 2 minutes into round 2.
For Zuniga this was his second stoppage loss, following a 6th round retirement loss in 2015, whilst the Kazakh has now moved to 5-0 (5) after fighting just 10 rounds as a professional.
Sadly Akhmedov is going to be a nightmare to match. He needs to be facing much better foes than Zuniga, but at 20 years old there is a sense that they do need to hold him back, rather than risk throwing him in too deep too soon. From what he's done this year however it's clear they need to test him in 2019, just to keep him mentally focused, rather than allowing him too many bouts at this level, which could lead to him switching off mentally.
Yesterday fight fans in Canada had the chance to see outstanding Kazakh prospect Sadriddin Akhmedov (4-0, 4) [Ахмедов Садриддин] make a short cameo appearance, as he stopped Mexican southpaw Jesus Javier Mendoza (7-6-1, 6) in just 57 seconds.
Akhmedov applied intelligent pressure straight from the off and avoided pretty much off of Mendoza's wild and open swings whilst picking him off and looking for openings. A right hand up top shook the Mexican and before Akhmedov went for the finish, switching between and head and body and forcing the referee to come in and save Mendoza.
The Kazakh youngster is hotly tipped to be a major star, and has been since winning the 2016 World Youth Championships. He's now expected to return to the ring in November and we're hoping that he will take a serious step up in class in 2019 as he doesn't need these types of fights any longer. He really is too good to having fight against opponents like Mendoza. That's despite the fact he only made his debut this past April.
For Mendoza this is the third time he's been stopped, with all 3 coming in the opening round.
Later today fight fans in Canada will be able to see Kazakh youngster Sadriddin Akhmedov (3-0, 3) [Ахмедов Садриддин], battle against Mexican southpaw Jesus Javier Mendoza (7-5-1, 6).
Yesterday the two men took part in their weigh in, which was rather tense and saw the two men go head to head as tempers began to flare.
Despite the heated nature both men made weight.
On the scales the unbeaten Kazakh was the slightly lighter man, coming in at 155.8lb against Mendoza's 155.9lbs. Despite being lighter Akhmedov looked the be the man in much better shape and carried the weight far better than the Mexican, who looked fleshy on the scales.
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