Yesterday fans were able to see talented Kazakh hopeful Sadriddin Akhmedov (12-0, 10) [Ахмедов Садриддин] score his latest win, as he defeated Dutch fighter Stephen Danyo (17-4-3, 6) in Mexico, via wide 10 round decision.
From the opening round Akhmedov pressed the action, making the tough Danyo back up and cover up. Through out the bout the Kazakh pretty much did what he wanted against a fighter who looked worried and ultra-cautious through out. In fact it regularly looked less like Danyo was there to win, and more there to survive.
Despite the negativity of Danyo the bout served as the sort of match up that Akhmedov needed. The Canadian based Kazakh had been out of the ring for more than a year and the 10 rounds he had here would have done him the world of good, shaking some ring rust against a technically solid but negative opponent, and showing that he has got the stamina for 10 rounds, something he's only done once.
As for the performance it's self, it seemed like Akhmedov figured out quite early on that he wasn't going to stop Danyo, but that he was also not going to be punished, and tried a few things out. It was far from a perfect performance from the "Soldier of Q", but in reality it didn't need to be. The focus was clearly on getting into the ring, getting rounds and that's what he did.
Fingers crossed when Akhmedov returns to the ring for next bout his opponent will have a bit more ambition than Danyo had here.
Fans of unbeaten Kazakh hopeful Sadriddin Akhmedov (11-0, 10) [Ахмедов Садриддин] will have been disappointed by his 2020 campaign, with the youngster not fighting at all during the calendar year. Whilst much of that was due to Covid19 he did also suffer some injuries during the year which prevented him from fighting. Given his age and the momentum he had from 2019 it was a shame to see one of the brightest Central Asian hopefuls sit out on the side line for the entire year.
Not it's been confirmed that he will be back in action action later this month, with his next bout scheduled for January 30th in Mexico against Dutch fighter Stephen Danyo (17-3-3, 6).
Although this bout has been listed on Boxrec for a while now a lot more details have emerged from Vesti regarding the bout, and it's been revealed that the bout will have 4 minor titles up for grabs.
The WBA Continental title at 154lbs will be on the line, along with the WBC Francophone title, the NABF and the NABO title, meaning that the winner would find themselves being boost up the world rankings of the WBA, WBC, WBO and IBF.
The bout, Akhmedov's first in Mexico, will see the unbeaten Kazakh prospect fight for the first time since December 2019. Interestingly he will turn 23 just a day after this fight.
Notably Danyo has been out of the ring even longer than Akhmedov, with Danyo's last fight coming in November 2019, when he scored a very decent win over Navid Mansouri. Although not a big name Danyo is a proven tough guy and has completed the schedule in losses against Custio Clayton and Felix Cash, though at 31 years old it is now or never for him
Back in March we had expected to see unbeaten Kazakh hopeful Sadriddin Akhmedov (11-0, 10) [Ахмедов Садриддин] in action, until a shoulder injury forced him to pull out of a scheduled bout with Mexican veteran Mario Alberto Lozano (33-10, 24).
Sadly since then things have been really quiet in regards to excellent 22 year old Akhmedov, who last fought in December 2019.
Thankfully it now seems like things are set to change for the talented boxer-puncher, who is seemingly all healed from the injury that forced him out of the March bout.
As we all know boxing right now is hard to organise, due to the on going situation, especially in certain countries where imported opponents are needed to keep things ticking over. Despite that it sounds like Akhemedov has got a bout in the works, and it's going to be before the end of the year.
The fighter took to Instagram recently and explained, “We are preparing for the December battle, the training is going on intensively and successfully,” [Translated]. Sadly it's unclear who he will be facing and where, but it's great to know that the brilliant youngster is healthy and is set for a fight before the year is out.
It seems likely that full details of Akhmedov's bout will be announced in the near future, and so we'll be keeping our eyes peeled for that announcement, and for the over-due return to the ring of the "Soldier of Q".
Earlier this week news broke that the scheduled March 12th bout between unbeaten Kazakh prospect Sadriddin Akhmedov (11-0, 10) [Ахмедов Садриддин] and Mexican veteran Mario Alberto Lozano (33-10, 24), next time out was sadly cancelled.
The Kazakh news sources report that the 22 year old Kazakh had suffered a shoulder injury, forcing him out of the contest.
At the moment it's unclear when Akhmedov will be back in the ring, but given his age we would be surprised by it being a lengthy break for the wonderfully talented boxer-puncher.
Sadly this isn't the first notable injury Akhmedov has suffered and he spent quite a chunk of 2019 on the sideline due to an injury suffered against John Ruba. Then again despite that injury he was still fairly active, not only fighting 3 times in the 9 months afterwards but also getting married, and we suspect that this injury is more one that they'd rather not aggravate rather anything too serious, at this point.
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Earlier today Vesti broke the news that the highly regarded and unbeaten Kazakh prospect Sadriddin Akhmedov (11-0, 10) [Ахмедов Садриддин] would be facing Mexican veteran Mario Alberto Lozano (33-10, 24), next time out.
Prior to this news exceptionally talented Akhmedov had been given a fight date and venue, March 12th at the Montreal Casino, and the only thing we were waiting on his opponent.
On paper this looks like another straight forward win for the unbeaten Canadian based "Soldier of Q" but in reality it actually promises to be his most significant bout to date and a clear step up in class for the unbeaten 22 year.
Lozano might not be a big name but the 32 year has faced a relative who's who during his 43 fight career, which began more than 15 years ago. Along the way he has beaten Saul Canelo's brother Ramon Alvarez, gone the distance in losing efforts against the likes of Jermall Charlo, Vanes Martirosyan, Charles Hatley, Karim Mayfield and Patrick Teixeira. He has been stopped just twice, including once by former world champion Liam Smith and once way back in 2013.
Whilst Lozano is unlikely to be a huge threat to Akhmedov, we do imagine the Kazakh will have to work hard for this win and Lozano will be there making life difficult, which is more than can be said for some Akhmedov opponents.
This is a clear and logical move forward for Akhmedov's team and one we can't really pick fault with, a good smart, bit of match making.
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