A very, very slow January is set to come to an end short as we head into February, another month that could be very slow. Thankfully we do go out with a bit of a bang over the next few days. That has given us a chance to talk about an upcoming bout that we want recommend fans tune in as we cover this weeks “The one to Watch”
The One to Watch?
Sadriddin Akhmedov (11-0, 10) vs Stephen Danyo (17-3-3, 6)
January 29th 2021 (Friday)
Typically when we talk about “Ones to Watch” we either discuss bouts we think will be really exciting or a chance to see a hotly tipped prospect in action. This week it is certainly the case of a hotly tipped prospect, with Akhmedov being one of the hottest prospects in world boxing. The talented Kazakh hopeful was out of the ring for the entirety of 2020 and we're really glad to see him back in the ring, and against an opponent who has proven to be durable and comes to win.
As mentioned above Sadriddin Akhmedov is a hotly tipped Kazakh prospect who is one of the most promising youngsters in the sport. The 22 year old boxer-puncher will be well known by fans of the amateur scene, with him being a very solid amateur, and fans of the Canadian scene, where Akhmedov has really built his name, as well as fans who follow Central Asian prospects. The youngster was flying along with his career in 2018 and 2019, racing out to 11-0 (10) with wins against a good mix of opponents, such as Abraham Juarez, John Ruba, Jhony Fredy Navarrete Montano and Jose Antonio Villalobos. In his first 11 fights he has shown everything a youngster needs to show in terms of skills and potential, and is now taking a notable step up in class.
Stephen Danyo on the other hand is a 31 year old from the Netherlands who has had some mixed results in recent years, though has always proven to be a tough fighter with the ability to test some solid hopefuls. To date his losses have all come on the road, with defeats coming to Custio Clayton, Felix Cash and Orlando Fiordigiglio. In all 3 of those losses he asked questions of his opponents and managed to go the distance. Whilst he has lost to the most notable opponents that he’s faced he has managed to pick up some solid wins over the likes of Alexandr Zhuravskiy, Lloyd Ellet and Navid Mansouri. Through his career he has proven himself to be a very tough and strong fighter, though maybe not the busiest at times.
What to expect?
We’re not coming into this one expecting a FOTY candidate, or anything even close to that, but what we do anticipate a very interesting match up with Akhmedov wanting to become the first man to stop Danyo.
We expect to see Akhmedov taking a few rounds to shake some ring rust before moving through the gears. By the middle rounds he’ll be looking to increase the tempo and by the middle rounds he’ll be looking to break Danyo down round by round. The Kazakh will be letting his shots go, looking for openings to land heavier artillery. Danyo on the other hand will bide his time, look for counters, and look to turn the tables later on. Danyo’s gameplan will be a cautious one, and one that will see him look to attack a tiring Akhmedov in the later stages.
We expect to see Akhmedov end up taking a wide, and clear decision, going the distance for just the second time in his career. Danyo will provide some challenge mentally, but will end up serving as the perfect for Akhmedov, given the Kazakh’s lengthy break from the ring.
The bad news?
Whilst we do look forward to seeing Akhmedov back in the ring, we can’t help but feel that this may end up a very one sided bout, with Danyo soaking up pressure and not doing much to return fire. Of his 3 losses two were shutouts and we expect this to be another. If you’re looking for a competitive bout this won’t be it, but again if you want to see a top prospect in action this is a great opportunity to do just that.
Takahiro Onaga is a regular contributor to Asian Boxing and will now be a featured writer in his own column where his takes his shot at various things in the boxing world.