Last night in Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Hollywood, Florida we had two bouts featuring Asian fighters on a card on DAZN. Going in both were heavily fancied to pick up wins and that's exactly what they both did.
The first of the two was hard hitting Azeri Heavyweight Mahammadrasul Majidov (3-0, 3) who continued moving forward in his career with a TKO win against Puerto Rican Puerto Rican Sahret Delgado (8-1, 7).
On paper this looked like an intriguing match up, but it was essentially over when the two men stepped on the scales yesterday and Delgado weighed in at close to 300lbs. Due to the excess weight Delgado looked slow and clumsy and was using a lot of gas to do anything.
After winning the first 2 rounds the Azeri close the show in round 3 when he had Delgado out on his feet, forcing the bout to be stopped.
The second, and more notable, Asian on this show was 2016 Olympic Gold medal winner Daniyar Yeleussinov (10-0, 6) [Данияр Маратұлы Елеусінов] . Th talented Yeleussinov was up against former unified Light Welterweight world champion Julius Indongo (23-3, 12) and was looking to do 2 things. He was looking to claim the IBF Inter-Continental Welterweight title and he was looking to score the biggest win of his professional career.
From the opening round it was clear Yeleussinov had a point to prove and be dropped Indongo in opening 3 minutes with a left hand. He came close to stopping the Namibian, but credit to Indongo who showed good survival instincts. This instincts however couldn't help him forever and a second knockdown in round 2 broke his spirit. Indongo beat the count but was a beaten fighter, suggesting to the referee that enough was enough.
For Yeleussinov, who had seen people complain about how he'd adapted to the professional ranks, this was the perfect performance and the type of win will should convince his team that he's a genuine talent and that he needs big chances. This was a fantastic performance and something that showcased exactly what Yeleussinov was about. A world title fight in 2021 seems unlikely, but he could end up impressing again next year and getting himself right in the mix by the time we begin 2022.
Later today we'll see 2016 Olympic Gold medal winner Daniyar Yeleussinov (9-0, 5) [Данияр Маратұлы Елеусінов] take a huge step up in class as he takes on former unified Light Welterweight world champion Julius Indongo (23-2, 12) in an IBF Inter-Continental Welterweight title bout on DAZN.
Yesterday the two men took part in their weigh in for the contest and both men came in under the Welterweight limit, and did so with some room to spare.
On the scales the unbeaten "Kazakh Thunder" was 146.6lbs for the bout, comfortably under the Welterweight limit for the biggest bout of his professional career. Indongo was even lighter on the scales, coming in at 146.2lbs for the bout, almost a full 1lb under the 147lb limit.
Despite neither man pushing the scales both looked in great condition and it was clear that both had put in the hard work in training.
Sadly not everyone put work in in training and the heavy weight bout between unbeaten Azeri Mahammadrasul Majidov (2-0, 2) and hard hitting Puerto Rican Sahret Delgado (8-0, 7) certainly seemed like one man didn't really care about his shape.
On the scales Majidov was 232.6lbs, marginally heavier than he was last December against Tom Little, where Little came in heavy at 251lbs. Delgado on the other hand wanted to really see what weight the scales could handle and came in at 291lbs, a career heaviest. This isn't just a career heaviest for Delgado, but smashed his previous heaviest by some margin, with his previous heaviest being 269lbs back in 2016. Amazingly Delgado was 198lbs on his debut, almost 100lbs lighter than he is here.
Given that both of the Heavyweights are 6'3" this is going to look like an in shape athlete against....someone who looks like a tub of lard.
This coming Friday in the US we'll see Azeri Heavyweight hopeful Mahammadrasul Majidov (2-0, 2) seek his third win as he takes on Puerto Rican foe Sahret Delgado (8-0, 7) at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida. Interestingly the betting websites in the UK have priced the bout up, with both the "To Win" market and a "Method of Victory" market.
The bout will be Majidov's first since stopping Tom Little in 2 rounds last December and will see him try to give his career in the arm after almost a year away from the ring. Despite being 34 and inactive the heavy handed Azeri is a clear betting favourite, with UK bookmakers pricing him at 1/20 to take home the victory and move to 3-0.
Delgado, a 26 year old who turned professional in 2014 and has moved incredibly slowly, will be fighting for the first time since October 2019, and for only the second time in over 4 years, is regarded as a massive under-dog, at 15/2.
The draw is out there as high as 28/1.
As for the method of victory unsurprisingly a Majidov stoppage is the betting favourite, priced at 1/6. The next likely outcome is regarded a Majidov decision win, at a huge 11/2. A stoppage for Salgado is 12/1 whilst the decision win for Delgado is available as high as 25/1.
Earlier this evening a trio of Central Asian hopefuls each picked up stoppage wins in New York.
The first of those was Azeri Heavyweight Magomedrasul Majidov (1-0, 1) [Магомедрасул Меджидов]. The debutant Majidov, who has long been a dominant Heavyweight in the amateurs, was surprisingly dropped by Ed Fountain (12-7, 5) in the second round, but he came back and forced a stoppage of the American late in the 4th round. There has got to be some worries about Majidov, who turns 33 next week, but given his age he also needs to be fast tracked.
The second of the Central Asian trio to pick up a win was Murodjon Akhmadaliev (7-0, 6) [Ахмадалиев, Муроджон Кахарович], who scored an easy win over Wilner Soto (22-7, 12), also in the 4th round. Originally Akhmadaliev was pencilled in to fight for the IBF and WBA "super" Super Bantamweight titles, before Danny Roman suffered an injury in training. Rather than take the night off Akhmadaliev just used Soto as a human punch bag en route to just latest win in what is likely to be a tune up for his eventual world title bout.
The third of the trio was 2016 Olympic champion Daniyar Yeleussinov (8-0, 4) [Данияр Маратұлы Елеусінов]. Despite being the final of the hopefuls in action is performance was the most impressive, as he blew away the previously unbeaten Reshard Hicks (12-1-1, 6), inside a round. The unbeaten Kazakh has blown hot and cold, but today's performance was definitely a hot, and he dropped Hicks in the first 2 minutes, before forcing a stoppage soon afterwards.
Back in August we reported that hard hitting Magomedrasul Majidov [Магомедрасул Меджидов] was set to turn professional, following a very successful amateur career. What wasn't clear at the time was where the Azeri banger would end up in terms of promotional work.
Today it was revealed that he had signed with powerful British promoter Matchroom Sport, headed by Eddie Hearn, becoming the latest Heavyweight to sign with Hearn.
Majidov turns 33 later this month and it's clear that time isn't on his side, though the plan is now to get him to make his professional debut this coming Friday as he looks to begin with a bang.
Given how good Majidov was as an amateur, and how brutal his power is, there is a good chance Matchroom will look to rush him through the ranks, and try to get the most they can out of him before it's too late. They will likely be looking to have him mix with their current stable of Heavyweights, including the likes of his former amateur rival Anthony Joshua, Hughie Fury and Alexander Povetkin.
Of course Heavyweights do tend to age better than fighters in the lower weights, but still debuting just 2 weeks before he turns 33 Majidov will be expected to swim with sharks quickly. His debut, against American Ed Fountain (12-6, 5), isn't expected to be a test, but his second and third bouts will likely be big step ups as he looks to chase professional glory, and mix with the bigger names in the division.
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