Akhmadaliev stops Rios in final round

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Unified WBA/IBF super bantamweight champion Murodjon Akhmadaliev (11-0, 8 KOs) stopped Ronny Rios (33-4, 16 KOs) in the twelfth round to retain his titles on Saturday night at the Tech Port Arena in San Antonio, Texas. Akhmadaliev overcame a hand injury to drop Rios in the final stanza. Rios beat the count. Akhmadaliev then pounced and got a referee’s stoppage at 2:06.

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  • Murodjon Akhmadaliev is a great fighter. I recognize is style since it resembles my own style of fighting. Southpaw stance with a heavy right hand, his lead hand. This enables him to deliver hard shots quickly with telegraphing those shots. Brutal body shots and excellent power. His punches, even the jabs, land with a huge thud. He’s supremely conditioned and looks like a champion. The more experienced Rios couldn’t take those shots to the body and ultimately this did him in. Akhmadaliev is also incredibly accurate with this shots, a precision puncher similar to all-time greats Floyd Mayweather and Alexis Arguello. Great win for Akhmadaliev.

  • All Uzbek boxers are extremely fit and motivated. What is usually missing in my eyes is a genuine boxing skill. When they approach the top 10, that lack begins to be exposed more and more.

    What I like about Akhmadaliev is that he seems to be a thinking boxer. He reads his opponents and moves nicely in the ring and shows a calm. It has certainly helped him I believe in his career.

    What I feel uncertain about with Akhmadaliev is how he will cope with more technically fast boxers, who also might have both the length and range on their side. I am very doubtful Akhmadaliev would master Fulton today. Nor Figueroa.

    At the same time, hats off to Akhmadaliev and good luck with the future.

    • I think Fulton would give him all types of problems. Figueroa, on the other hand, would be an amazing fight, but I think Figueroa has now moved up in weight. If they don’t get the Fulton fight (and I don’t think they will), Akhmadaliev has his IBF mandatory next which is Tapales.

  • Good fight. Don’t think Akhmadaliev really wants Fulton. I think there would be mutual interest in an Inoue fight if he moves up again

  • I love Terrence “Bud” Crawford! I can’t wait to see that fight! He deserves alot more money.

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