Shabaz Masoud Shines In Dubai
Britain’s fast-rising super-bantamweight star Shabaz Masoud
delivered a statement of intent by stopping Yoann Boyeux in
The ‘Maverick’ dazzled at Probellum Evolution and bamboozled
his hugely experienced French rival, forcing him to quit at
the end of the second of 10 scheduled rounds.
Masoud moves to 10-0 with this career-best win and said he
wanted to leave his mark on the big stage in the Middle
“I came out for the first bell and I was looking for the
stoppage – I wanted to make a bit of a statement,” said
Masoud, who hails from Stoke-on-Trent.
“I’m ready for step-ups in class now, I’ve been saying that
for a long time. I know what I am capable of and my team and
my family know what I am capable of.”
Earlier on the stacked card, Bakhodir Jalolov took less than
five rounds to cement his status as a future heavyweight
champion with a brutal beatdown of Kamil Sokolowski.
The 6’7” Olympic gold medallist scored a knockdown in round
two with a cuffing shot that Sokolowski brushed off but the
Big Uzbek was repeatedly hurting his Polish opponent with
backhands to the body.
At the beginning of round five, Jalolov made a telling
breakthrough when his lethal left hand dropped Sokolowski
just seconds after the bell.
Further punishment was dished out by a menacing Jalolov and
Sokolowski fell to the canvas once more under a barrage of
clubbing shots, prompting the referee to step in and bring a
halt to the contest at 1:17 of the round five.
“I’m ready to compete with the best in the heavyweight
division and I am coming for all of the belts, and I know my
time is coming,” Jalolov said after the fight, as he moved
to 10-0 as a professional, with as many knockouts.
Jalolov is being primed for a big fight in the United States
this summer as he builds towards a shot at the heavyweight
Poland’s Eryk Apresyan opened Probellum Evolution with
victory over Burak Akkus, dropping his rival with a body
Sultan Al Nuaimi was next in action at the Dubai Duty Free
Tennis Stadium, and the home fighter out-pointed Tanzania’s
Hamza Mchanjo over six rounds.
Tom Hill of the United Kingdom was given the nod by all
three ringside judges in his bout with Ireland’s Rohan Date.
Hill, who moves to 10-2 as a professional, dropped his
opponent in the sixth round and took the contest 77-75,
77-75 and 76-75.
Joshua Ridgewell dominated a blood-stained
super-featherweight contest with India’s Suraj Ram.
Ridgewell, from Essex in England, was in control from the
off and moved to 2-0 as a professional when the referee
stopped the fight in round three due to a nasty cut above
Ram’s right eye.
“After that, I’m very happy,” buzzed Ridgewell.
“I landed some really nice shot and stopped everything he
was trying to do.”