On Friday night at the Media Plus Studios, in Hialeah, Florida, we had a trio of hard hitting Asian fighters in the ring, all picking up wins. These weren't the biggest bouts, but they all ended in impressive fashion with all three of the trio picking up wins.
The quickest of the wins was scored by Kazakh fighter Serik Musadilov (8-0, 8) [Серик Мусадилов], who needed just 43 seconds to over-come Mexican foe Daniel Najera (9-6-1, 4). An early attack hurt Najera, who covered up as Musadilov unloaded on him, sending him to the canvas where he took the 10 count. Not for the first time it's been very clear that Musadilov needs a step up and these bouts are doing little more than padding his record.
US based Tajik fighter Mekhrubon Sanginov (8-0-1, 6) bounced back from a September 2019 draw with Fred Wilson Jr as he beat Cleotis Pendarvis (21-6-2, 9), forcing a 4th round TKO win over the American foe. Sadly this was the third loss in a row for the 34 year old Pendarvis, who hasn't scored a win since July 2017 and has now ben stopped 4 times. Although once a serviceable contender level fighter at 140lbs we do wonder what he has to offer at Light Middleweight or Middleweight, which is where his last 3 bouts have taken place.
The most eye catching performance came from hard hitting Filipino Jameson Bacon (25-4, 17), who flattened Roque Agustin Junco (10-7-1, 6) with a brutal left hook in round 2. The shot knocked out Junco before he hit the canvas in a genuine KO of the Year contender. An absolute beauty of finish by the 30 year old Filipino. Notably this was Bacon's second win in that space of about 5 weeks and he his career now has some momentum, despite a loss to Darragh Foley just over a year ago.
On Thursday night in the US fans had the chance to see unbeaten Kazakh hopeful Serik Musadilov (7-0, 7) score his latest win, as he stopped the over-matched Kent Holland (4-6-1, 2) and claimed the American Boxing Federation Atlantic Cruiserweight title. Nope, we're not making the name of that title up!
The unbeaten Kazakh, dubbed "Panda" dropped his man twice in round 2 and looked several levels above Holland, who was saved after the second knockdown.
The win was a 7th early one for Musadilov but in reality we really don't know anything about how good he actually is. Holland didn't put up anything resembling a fight here and, and none of Musadilov's previous 6 opponents have given him anything to think about either.
Interestingly the unbeaten Kazakh is pencilled in to fight against in October, against Joe Jones (11-2, 8), so fingers crossed that we do see him getting an actual test there. Musadilov looks good to the eye, but he's essentially been can crushing since turning professional and Jones should provide some much needed resistance for the Kazakh hopeful.
Last night in California, unbeaten Kazakh hopeful Serik Musadilov (6-0, 6) notched his latest win, as he made light work of the limited Quintell Thompson (4-11-1, 4), with an opening round TKO win.
Thompson was dropped just seconds into the bout by a right hand from the Kazakh, who seemed to be carrying a fair bit of extra weight. From there on Musadilov was on the front foot, using his superior technique and handspeed. The clean shots of the Kazakh dropped his man for a second time, and although Thompson got back to his feet before the 10 count he went straight back down and forced the referee to wave off the bout.
Rather oddly the bout was Musadilov's first since November 2017. What makes that even strange is that in that month he fought 5 times in less than 3 weeks, and then vanished from the sport for close to 3 years, completely losing any momentum he had began to build.
Reportedly this bout was fought at Heavyweight, which is not going to be a smart move long term for the 26 year old Musadilov. Stood at just 5'9" he's short, even for a Light Heavyweight, and we could see some excess weight on him here. He didn't have a belly, but he did have weight to lose, and hopefully that will be addressed before his next bout. And hopefully we won't be waiting years to see him back in action.
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