On Friday night fight fans saw IBF and WBA Super Bantamweight king Murodjon Akhmadaliev (10-0, 7) [Муроджон Ахмадалиев] retain his titles and score his second defense, as he defeated Chilean challenger Jose Velasquez (29-7-2, 19).
The bout, which was put together on about a week's notice after Ronnie Rios pulled out with Covid, lacked in terms of fan interest but managed to deliver pretty solid and entertaining action, with Velasquez massively exceeding expectations.
Akhmadaliev got off to a great started, landing hard shots through out the first two rounds almost at will. Velasquez stood up to them however, and showed his desire, landing some shots of his own in rounds 3, with a good right hand that got Akhmadaliev's respect. The challenger also had some notable success in round 7, as he got inside with more consistency and forced the Uzbekistani fighter to fight the challenger's fight.
Whilst under pressure the champion managed to show his dirty side, with some dark arts, and was flirting with a point deduction through out the final stages of the bout. He was however well in the lead, and could have afforded the point loss if he needed to, despite being forced to work for the win. He was landing the better quality shots and in many of the rounds he controlled the tempo, even if Velasquez was the one marching forward.
After 12 rounds there was no doubting the winner, with Akhmadaliev taking the win 119-109 across the board, taking just his second 12 round decision win, and proving he doesn't have stamina, though he did seem happy to fight for the decision rather than follow Joel Diaz's advice of going for a stoppage late on.
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