Kazakh fighter Yerzhan Zalilov (11-1-1, 5) [Залилов Ержан] was in action yesterday in Russia, where he took on Russian veteran Alexander Saltykov (12-55-3, 7) in a scheduled 8 round contest.
Unsurprisingly the bout wasn't a tough one for the talented Kazakh, who was looking to rebuild his confidence following an April loss to Ionut Baluta.
Zalilov started the bout well and seemed fully aware that he wasn't in with a particularly good, or durable foe. He was looking in control of the bout through the first 4 rounds, with Saltykov deciding at the end of the round that enough was enough and he pulled out of the bout.
The pull out really should be no surprise. It was the 43rd time he had been stopped, and the 22nd time he had recorded an retirement loss, meaning 1 retirement in every 3 bouts almost and this was his 6th successive retirement loss, making us wonder what he's still doing in the sport.
The 25 year old Zalilov has scored much better wins than this, including a victory over Henry Maldonado and a draw with Arnold Khegai, and even his loss was a controversial one. He doesn't need to go back to the drawing board or rebuild his confidence, instead he should be matched against people who can go rounds with him and be competitive. He's too good to waste his time with bouts like this.
(Image courtesy of Zalilov's VK page)
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