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.
After making his professional debut in September we got the chance to see Russian born Azeri puncher Mahammadrasul Majidov (2-0, 2) [Магомедрасул Меджидов] fight for the second as a professional today. And like his debut he picked up a quick win.
The former amateur standout started slowly but confidently against Englishman Tom Little (12-8, 5), backing up the Englishman in a calm opening round. The Azeri didn't land too much of note, but he was forcing Little where he wanted him, and just casually controlling the bout.
In round 2 the Azeri put his foot on the gas a little bit more, and began to let rip with some heavy artillery. He dropped Little, who beat the count but clearly looked shaken, and a follow up would again hurt Little. He didn't go down, but he was only a shot or two from being taken out as the referee jumped in and stopped the action.
With two wins in just a few weeks the 33 Majidov is showing signs that he could have some genuine success in his professional career, but needs to be kept and potentially needs a big step up in 2020. He hasn't got time to waste, but given how he looked here, he won't need much to leave his mark on the sport.
Tomorrow in Saudi Arabia fight fans will see Russian born Azri fighter Mahammadrasul Majidov (1-0, 1) [Магомедрасул Меджидов] take on Englishman Tom Little (12-7, 5). With the fight being on a big card, it's not surprising to see the bout listed on the UK bookmaker websites, though it is seen as a complete and utter mismatch.
The hard hitting Majidov is priced at 1/40 to win, whilst Little is, ahem, given little chance of winning and is priced as high as 28/1, with most having him around 16/1. The draw is priced at 42/1.
For Majidov backers looking for a little bit more value, the price of him scoring a stoppage is available at 1/4, with most bookies having it at 1/5. A decision for the Azeri is best priced at 4/1. Little to win by stoppage is 33/1 and little to win a stoppage is a huge 40/1.
For a little bit more value the length of bout market is interesting. The bout is 8/11 to go over 4.5 rounds and 21/20 for it to end inside 4.5 rounds. It's 10/3 to go the distance and 2/9 to end inside the distance, strange a better price than a Majidov stoppage and covers more outcomes.
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