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Mahkmudov Stays Undefeated

By Daniel Cloutier

MONTRÉAL - The Montrealer Russian Arlansbek Mahkmudov (15-0-0) stayed undefeated Friday night at the Montreal Casino, in beating the French Carlos Takam, a fighter borne in Cameroon, by unanimous decision in 10 rounds. It was the first time in pro boxing that Mahkmudov did not win by KO or TKO.

In the seventh round, Mahkmudov provoked a knockdown, but Takam has been able to finish the bout.

“I saw him in action on tape, and I knew that he did not have the energy to be intense for 10 rounds,” said Mahkmudov. “I know that I dominated most of the rounds”.

The three judges scored the bout 97-91, 96-92 and 96-92 for Mahkmudov.

Machkmudov’s trainer, the Montrealer Marc Ramsay, said, “Arlansbek did not fight well defensively like usual, but the most important fact, it’s that Mahkmudov stayed undefeated”.

Mahkmudov is NABF heavyweight champion and he is ranked fifth contender by the WBC.

Just before the main event, the Montrealer Steven Butler improved his pro record to 31-3-0, in beating the American Mark DeLuca (28-4-0), by TKO.

A fighter from Whitham, Massachusetts, DeLuca was moving constantly in the ring, but Butler, finally, caught him and hurt him seriously. The referee Steve St-Germain intervened to declare DeLuca TKO.

Butler won by KO and he preserved his NABF title.

In the opening bout of the evening, Hamza Khabbaz kept his perfect pro record (5-0-0), with a win by unanimous decision in four rounds against the Mexican Jose Gutierrez Bolanos (2-6-0).

After this fight, the Montrealer Jean-Gardy François (3-0-0) beat the Mexican Andres Sanchez Ramirez (4-5-3) by unanimous decision in four rounds. The judges scored the bout 40-36, 40-36 and 39-37 for the Montrealer.

Finally, in the only female bout of the evening, the Montrealer Martine Vallières-Bisson (5-2-0) lost by unanimous decision in four rounds against the French Emma Gongora (4-3-0). The judges scored the fight 58-54, 57-54 and 57-54 for the French.


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