Akhmadaliev retains WBA, IBF 122lb belts

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Photo: Emily Harney

By Scott Ploof at ringside

Unified WBA and IBF super bantamweight champion Murodjon Akhmadaliev (10-0, 7 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision against rugged late sub José Velásquez (29-7-2 19 KOs) on Friday night on the Andrade-Quigley undercard at the SNHU Arena in Manchester, New Hampshire. Velásquez had Akhmadaliev holding on after a body shot in round seven, but otherwise it was all Akhmadaliev. He repeatedly landed jabs and body combinations. Velasquez worked to press the action but was not able to get past Akhmadaliev’s defense and counter punching. Scores were 119-109 3x.

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  • I give José Velásquez a lot of credit. Took a pounding all night and kept coming forward. The fact that he had the energy to do 2 sideways partial back-flips and 5 push ups after the fight was outstanding.

  • Velasquez had been on a good run over the past few years. I’m so happy that he got this fight and put up a good fight. Definitely did himself proud.

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