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Just 12 months ago Russian Khabib Allakhverdiev (19-0, 9) was a fighter only known by the truly hardcore fans. Right now however Allakhverdiev is one of the top names in the Light Welterweight division.
Allakhverdiev further solidified his position amongst the top fighters at 140lbs as he made the first defense of the WBA title that he won last November.
In the opposite corner to Allakhverdiev was former 2-time world champion Souleymane M'baye (40-5-1, 22) of France.
Although Allakhverdiev is known for his all action style this bout started very slowly. Both men spent the opening round waiting for the other man to make a move this lead to one of the worst rounds of the year.
Thankfully in the second round we did see some action as the Hawk swooped late with an assault that sent M'baye down to the canvas. Unfortunately Allakhverdiev didn't really build on his knockdown and instead the two men spent much of the following jockeying for position whilst throwing little. It did seem that what was thrown in these slow periods was mainly shots from M'baye, though at no point did he make Allakhverdiev worry.
Although M'baye was able to have some success it often appeared that Allakhverdiev had the ability to put his foot on the gas at any moment and really shake up the challenger. He showed this at the end of round 5 when he really unloaded for the first since the knock and then showed it again in round 8 when he dropped M'baye for a second time.
With the Russian well ahead it appeared as if M'baye may crumble and just fade away in to retirement with out arguing. Instead M'baye fought back hard and made a real case for taking round 9 despite having been dropped in the previous round.
Unfortunately for the Frenchman round 9 really was his last hurrah as Allakhverdiev took charge again in round 10 then unloaded with a relentless attack in round 11. M'baye spat out his gum shield as the Russian went in for the kill, unfortunately for the French fighter this merely delayed his demise which came only seconds later as the Russian forced the referee's hand.
The result here probably spells the end for M'baye who has had a long career though for Allakhverdiev the future is really bright and we'd not be shocked to see him in with another notable fighter early next year.
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