American fans had the chance to see talented but flawed Uzbek Bahodir Mamadjonov (19-3, 11) in the ring last night on a bout aired by Showtime. The 29 year old American based Uzbek was taking on the little known Mason Menard (32-1, 23), who was riding a 29 fight unbeaten run into this bout, and looking for his biggest win to date.
The fight started competitively with little to pick between the men in the opening round before Menard established his power in round 2 with shots that seemed to genuinely sting the Uzbek, who had been stopped last year by the big punching Richard Commey. Despite being stung the Uzbek battled hard to narrowly take round rounds 3 before cutting Menard in round 4.
By the end of round 6 it seemed like Mamadjonov had began to settle to the task perfectly. He was doing just enough to claim the rounds, with out taking too many risks, or risking gassing out.
Despite fighting smartly the Uzbek was unable to to defend against the power of Menard who landed a devastating body shot in round 7 that dropped him. The Uzbek took his time to recover, helped slightly by Steve Smoger who appeared to give him an extra few seconds, but was down again soon afterwards to give Menard a 10-7 round and completely change the complexion of the bout.
Menard again went to the body in round 8, knowing that his shots there had done the damage, and seemed to hurt the Uzbek again. A now pained Mamadjonov looked like a beaten man in round 9, with Menard walking him down, before eventually succumbing to a powerful combination from the in form American, falling dramatically as Steve Smoger eventually stepped in.
Sadly the Uzbek, who began his career 11-0 (7), is now 8-3 in the last 4 years and it seems like his career is pretty much over as a contender and he will likely become little more than a stepping stone for fighters on their way to the top.
For those who missed the bout we have included the video of the finish below, courtesy of SHOWTIME Sports.
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