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Makhmudov Keeps His Perfect Record,
Now NABF &  NABA Heavyweight Champion

By Daniel Cloutier

MONTRÉAL - NABF heavyweight North American champion, The Montrealer Russian Aleksandr Makhmudov became also NABA North American champion Friday night in Cuernavaca, Mexico, in beating the Czech Pavel Sour by KO in the first round. Makhmudov kept his perfect record: 12-0-0, 12 wins by KO or TKO. Sour got out of the ring with a record of 13-5-0. Makhmudov won this bout after only 40 seconds of action. He knocked Sour out with a solid right hand on the chin.

“I had a great training camp in New York, then, I was ready for a war in the ring,” said Makhmudiov after the fight. “It was my first fight in 10 months. I know that several heavyweights refuse to face me. I am ready to fight the best heavyweights in the world, like you know. I am determinate to become world champion.”

Just before the fight Makhmudov-Sour, the American Cuban welterweight (147 pounds) Angel Perez improved his pro record to 2-0-0, in beating the Mexican Carlos Leal Martinez (0-2-0) by TKO in the second round.

The Angel Perez twin, the welterweight Antonio Perez, made successful pro debut, in winning by KO in the fourth round against his countrymen Martin Romero Garcia (0-2-0).

Finally, the Turkish light heavyweight (175 pounds) Mehmet Nadir Unal won his first pro bout, beating Jorge Luis Hernandez (2-2-0) by unanimous decision in four rounds.

“Unal is a solid puncher and a good technician,” said the trainer Marc Ramsay after the event. “I was more than satisfied by his performance. He is calm and confident in the ring.”


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