Last night in Puerto Rico we had the chance to see Kazakh fighter Ruslan Madiyev (13-2, 5) [Руслан Мадиев] in action, as he clashed with unbeaten Puerto Rican puncher Danielito Zorrilla (15-0, 11), as part of a sold Ring City USA show.
The match up looked a really good one on paper, though one where we assumed Zorrilla's recent activity and hunger, would prove to be the difference between the two men. What we ended up getting was a lot more competitive than we expected, and was also a rather controversial.
The bout was compelling from the off, with Madiyev applying pressure and Zorrilla trying to use his boxing skills to keep the Kazakh at range. Up close Madiyev was having success with solid body work, but was taking some heavy right hands up top and eating some solid counters as he tried to close the distance.
Sadly for Madiyev he was deducted a point in round 5 for a rabbit punch, though it had been his best round and the pressure was starting to take a real toll on Zorrilla, who seemed to be slow and becoming more and more negative. It seemed like the bout was starting to swing Madiyev's way. That success from the Kazakh grow through rounds 6 and 7 and Zorrilla seemed to be crumbling, in front of our eyes.
In round 8 another rabbit punch form Madiyev left Zorrilla on the canvas. It was ruled an accidental foul and Zorrilla couldn't continue, resulting in the bout going to the scorecards early. The cards were then read out, and gave Zorrilla the win, by a split technical decision.
It seemed the shot was a minor, soft foul, but was enough to allow Zorrilla a way out of a situation he looked really uncomfortable in. He had been under growing pressure, and given how he looked to be crumbling it was a way out. However we can hardly defend Madiyev here, for doing something stupid after already being deducted a point for it earlier in the bout.
As for Madiyev the performance, on the whole, will make fans want to see him. He was exciting, hungry and his pressure was fan friendly. As for Zorrilla, it seems hard to imagine him becoming the next big thing in Puerto Rican boxing.
Later today we'll see once beaten Kazakh fighter Ruslan Madiyev (13-1, 5) [Руслан Мадиев] take on unbeaten Puerto Rican puncher Danielito Zorrilla (14-0, 11) in the co-feature of a Ring City USA card.
Yesterday, ahead of the bout between the two men, they took part in their weigh in and both men came in comfortably under the 140lb weight limit for the contest. In fact both men came in at an identical 139.6lbs, as reported by Mark Ortega.
For Madiyev the bout will be his first since July 2019, when he defeated Filipino veteran Ricky Sismundo, and will only be his second bout since his upset loss to Pablo Cesar Cano, with that loss coming all the way back in September 2018.
As for Zorrilla he'll be looking to build on a good 2020 win over Rodolfo Puente and will know that a win here will help announce him to a wider audience. In fact talking about the audience the bout will be shown in the US on NBCSN and globally on the RingCityUSA Twitch account.
The "Ring City USA" concept was one of the many great boxing ideas to gain traction in 2020, with the events essentially being run without the promoters of the fighters playing a factor. The idea was to make for interesting match up for contenders, and to see even, or near even, bouts being made. An idea similar to ShoBox in many ways. Whilst it's a great concept, and has been enjoyable so far, it does feel like some of the interesting match ups haven't quite been as competitive as they looked on paper. Despite that we have enjoyed the events and they have certainly helped improve the profiles of the fighters involved.
Today we've been involved that on the March 4th edition of the "Ring City USA" event we'll see once beaten Kazakh fighter Ruslan Madiev (13-1, 5) [Руслан Мадиев] in action, as he returns to the ring for the first time since a 2019 win over Ricky Sismundo. In the opposite corner to Madiev will be the unbeaten Danielito Zorrilla (14-0, 11), making for an excellent match up on paper.
The 28 year old Madiev won his first 12 bouts before losing a technical decision in September 2018 to Pablo Cesar Cano. Sadly since that loss his further lost momentum and was out of the ring for almost a year before beating Sismundo in July 2019 and has been out of the ring ever since. At just 28 he still has time to rebuild but really needs to make a move sooner rather than later, and a loss here would likely end any ambition he has to make a mark on the sport.
Zorrilla on the other hand is 27 years old and is unbeaten since making his professional debut in 2016. His career lacks big name wins, though he did blast out former Super Featherweight world champion Gamaliel Diaz in 2019, albeit the shell of shell of Diaz. Unlike Madiev he did fight in 2020, albeit right at the end of the year, when he stopped Rodolfo Puente. It's fair to say he will be the favourite, though the bout does look a genuinely even looking one, and a win here will certainly push him towards bigger and better things.
Interestingly the bout is scheduled to take place at the Municipal Boxing Gym Felix Pagan Pintor in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, the homeland of Zorrilla.
Yesterday fight fans in the US saw a notable upset as previously unbeaten Kazakh fighter Ruslan Madiev (12-1, 5) [Руслан Мадиев] came up short against Mexican Pablo Cesar Cano (31-7-1, 21), losing a 5th round technical decision.
The fight saw Cano get off to a good start, being the busier, more accurate man and landing a number of solid shots in what was an active opening round. Madiev managed to have some success in round 2, landing some overhand's, but again Cano's work rate proved to be a serious problem for Madiev who seemed like he was struggling to settle early on.
Madiev finally began to have sustained success in round 3, a clear round for him, but it was short lived success with Cano moving through the gears the following round to dominate one of the fights clearest rounds.
Controversy struck in round 5 when a clash of heads left Cano cut. It seemed like a round that Madiev had deserved. The cut was so bad that the referee had to stop the contest and take us to the score cards early. Sadly for Madiev those cards were all in favour of Cano, with scores of 49-46.
The slow start by Madiev came back to bite him, though there some controversy after the fight about the judges involved, which included Adalaide Byrd, who had famously scored the original Gennady Golovkin Vs Saul Alvarez 118-110 in favour of Alvarez. The American was suspended after the fight but given no lasting punishment, which appears to have irked the Kazakh fans who have again questioned what she was doing in a judging position. Those same fans however seem to have no complaints about the victor here.
Later today US based Kazakh fighter Ruslan Madiev (12-0, 5) [Руслан Мадиев] takes on his biggest test so, as he goes up against Pablo Cesar Cano (30-7-1, 21).
Despite the bout being a step up for Madiev he is the clear betting favourite, best priced at 1/8 to win with the UK bookies. Cano on the other hand is a 6/1 under-dog. The price on the draw is a 25/1.
Thankfully this fight has multiple markets available and not just the "To win" one.
The method of victory market has Madiev by decision at 21/20 the exact same price as a Madiev stoppage win. A stoppage for Cano is 9/1 whilst Cano by decision is a big outlier at 18/1.
The "Total round" market has been set at 8.5 rounds, with the under priced at 11/10 whilst the over is 4/6.
For the bout to go the distance the odds are 21/25 and are an identical 21/25 on it to not go the distance.
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