This past Friday we saw Azeri Heavyweight hopeful Mahammadrasul Majidov (3-0, 3) score his latest win as he stopped Sahret Delgado (8-1, 7) on a DAZN broadcast from Florida. The bout looked a good on on paper but in the ring it came a pointless assignment for Majidov who really did little more than shake some ring rust.
If we're being honest the bout was a total farce but it is one we want to talk about in more detail in our latest Five Take Aways.
1-Delgado should be ashamed of himself
We need to begin this with a negative and that is Sahret Delgado should be ashamed of himself. The Puerto Rican wasn't just out of shape but he looked like he had never seen "shape". How he managed to come in at close to 300lbs is just bizarre, especially given that he's only around 6'3". He jiggled when he moved and looked more like he belonged in a "before" photo at Weight watchers than a boxing ring. Not only was he visibly out of shape but he was also unfit, and out of gas very quickly with his breathing being very audible after just 90 seconds of the bout. We saw a lot of fans complain about Jake Paul and Nate Robinson making boxing seem like a joke, but a fighter coming in in Delgado's "shape", round, is a much bigger insult to the sport. This likely lead to some of the issues at the end of the fight, which we'll touch on in a few moments.
2-Majidov needs to be moved much more aggressively
Azeri fighter Mahammadrasul Majidov was one of the best Super Heavyweight amateurs out there for years, and credit to him for sticking with the amateurs and the Azeri national team for as long as he did. However he is now 34 years old, and he now needs to be moved a lot more aggressively. Sure Heavyweights can still have success in their late 30's but at 34 time is certainly ticking on his career. No more pointless fights like this, that serve no purpose for him other than to get a W, he needs to be looking at genuine tests, fringe world ranked guys and others capable of asking questions of him. He turned professional far too late for these pointless fights, and he's too good for them anyway. He's talented, heavy handed, has good shot selection and knows how to box. He doesn't need these very low level fights.
3-Where the fuck was the medical assistance
Whilst Delgado should be ashamed of himself he's not the only one who covered himself in shame here. So to did the organisers at the show. In almost every other country Delgado would have been given Oxygen at the end of the bout when it was clear he was struggling to get his breath. Where was the medical assistance? Where was the Oxygen? Where were basic first aid and safety protocols? It shouldn't have taken Majidov to hold Delgado up, he should have been either sat down or lying down with an Oxygen mask. Sorry to say this but on the evidence shown here the Florida State Boxing Commission is not fit for purpose. They shouldn't have allowed Delgado, in the shape he was in, to fight, and they should have had on sight medical help for him. Absolutely disgusting. If we're going to hear about how something is making the sport a joke, maybe it's worth starting with the inept commissions, allowing out of shape an unfit fighters into the ring and not having basic medical at hand.
In regards to health care, did we really learn nothing from 2013 and the Magomed Abdusalamov tragedy?
4-Matchroom are failing a number of Heavyweights
The Matchroom stable is stacked with Heavyweights, of various ability, shape, form and nationalities. Some of those have been promoted amazingly well, and have had the doors and opportunities to raise their careers and build their profiles. It's true that some of those have done that on their own back, but for a promotional stable with the depth in Heavyweights that Matchroom have there are a number of Heavyweights being left behind. Their website lists 12 Heavyweights on their website, and it's known they work closely with several others, yet fighters like Majidov and Filip Hrgovic very much feel like second thoughts. Their recent match making for Majidov and Zhang Zhilei has left much to be desired. For a company with 12 Heavyweights, many of whom are in need of a big fight, surely it's time to begin to look at some in house bouts between fighters? It's similar to what they've done at Super Middleweight, signing a lot of good fighters but not matching them, and essentially holding them back as a result. Majidov, sadly looks likely to be one of those failed by the promotional powerhouse.
5-Majidov seems very basic, but is very strong and well schooled
Despite being a former amateur standout Majidov was never seen as a fighter who was going to do magical things in the ring. He is, for all intents and purposes, a very basic fighter. He's all about effective substance in his work, and isn't at all about flash and style. Despite being basic however he does everything he needs to do, and he does it well. His jab is a brutal ram rod, he control range with his straight punching and has a tight guard. He controls the pace and tempo well without doing anything sensational. His big strengths however is his very strong understanding of basic boxing fundamentals and his insane physical strength and power. He might not look "special" in what he does, but it's how he does everything that will make him such a dangerous fighter, and his strength and thudding power are genuinely terrifying assets. He might be basic, but basic will get him a lot of success.
Thinking Out East
With this site being pretty successful so far we've decided to open up about our own views and start what could be considered effectively an editorial style opinion column dubbed "Thinking Out East" (T.O.E).