Makhmudov defeats Takam, remains unbeaten


Undefeated WBA #6, WBC #6 heavyweight terror Arslanbek Makhmudov (15-0, 14 KOs) took a harder-than-expected ten round unanimous decision over former world title challenger Carlos Takam (39-7-1, 28 KOs) on Friday night at the Montreal Casino in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Makhmudov dropped Takam 20 seconds into the fight and also put him down in round seven. Takam won four rounds on two cards, but with the two knockdowns scores were 96-92, 97-91, 96-92. Makhmudov added the vacant WBC silver title to his NABF and NABA titles.

In a middleweight crossroads clash, former world title challenger Steven “Bang Bang” Butler (31-3-1, 26 KOs) crushed Mark “The Bazooka” DeLuca (28-4, 16 KOs) in two rounds. DeLuca down twice in round two. Time was 1:59. Butler retained the NABF title.

Unbeaten super featherweight Thomas Chabot (7-0, 7 KOs) destroyed Armando Ramirez (3-2, 0 KOs) in two rounds. Chabot dropped Ramirez in round one and finished him with two more knockdowns in round two. Body shots did the damage. Time was 1:24.

Other Results:
Jean Gardy Francois W4 Andres Sanchez Ramirez (super featherweight)
Emma Gongora W6 Martine Bisson (female featherweight)
Hamza Khabbaz W4 Jose Gutierrez Bolanos (welterweight)

Ortiz victorious in Philly
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  • Minus the two knockdowns, that’s 6-4 twice and 7-3. Nice to see Takam did what was expected of him and pushed Makhmudov.

    • Takam is a tough guy. He was beating Joy Joyce imo and I thought it was a quick stoppage. I was at his fight with Mike Perez in Montreal back in 2014. They called it a draw but I think he should have won that one.

    • Makhmudov should of lost if not for the 2 knockdowns. He was bad tonight. Wasn’t putting punches together. Would lose against any top 5 fighter.

  • Honestly, without the quick knockdowns, you could give Takam that fight, or have it a draw.

  • takam is a tough guy at 40 years old in the heavy weight div makmudov needs a lot of work takam connected with many right hands and slipped a lot of makmudov punches i believe he got one solid hit on takam all night

  • Takam was ALWAYS underrated in my mind. Hes among the toughest and most durable in the division and always just short against top level fighters.

  • Well, there Takam stops Makhmudov’s KO streak and exposes him as just a strong slugger. A Takam fan so maybe I am being harsh.

  • You have got to be kidding me this guy Makhmudov is just another big slow if you stand in front of me I will hit you guy from Europe. He shows no skill, failed to listen to instructions, and couldn’t soundly beat a 40+ year old washed up fighter. Yes you can say Takam’s a tough guy and he is but he is down to throwing about 15 punches a round and many of those wild swings because his legs are gone. This was the slow train wreck of a fight I thought it would be. The person calling the fight trying to convince people watching that this guy is something special was laugh out loud funny. Anyone in the top 15 and maybe the top 25 of any of the ABC Organizations will beat this guy into a steaming pile. Eddie Hearn and Frank Warren have got to be licking their lips with the thought of matching this guy with any of their fighters… a matter of fact I see Daniel DuBois first title defense…..Don’t get me started on the referees from last night, cause one “Homer” tried to steal a fight for the Hometown girl, good thing the Judges at ringside saw through his plan. Good thing this was on ESPN+ cause I would have hated to have paid for this, bad match making all the way around. And last be not least if you are the main event and the promoter, commentator, & someone from Ring Magazine has been “pimping you as the next best thing to sliced bread” show up and throw down, don’t have the commentator have to say at the end “well I guess that was a learning experience” for you….

    • Rich Jones, no way. Takam has. Grade A beard and has been in with the very best. When you can slap him to the floor like a fly twice you are worthy.

      • He caught him clod in the first round had him hurt and couldn’t finish, if he had talent he would have stepped back Jab right hand, jab right hand jab right hand fight gets stopped don’t blow smoke about this guy he is only there because the division is so weak. All of the English heavies will work him, he is a C or D fighter and will never be better than he was last night and I say that because he didn’t follow what he was being told in the corner…..

    • I agree with you Makhmudov won’t be HW champion of the world but he’s a good fighter though..

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