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  Cloutier’s Canada Corner
Makhmudov Scores Ninth KO In Nine Fights

By Daniel Cloutier

MONTREAL, Canada - The giant Arslanbek Makhmudov, a fighter of 6’6’’, 262 pounds, stayed undefeated in nine pro bouts (9-0-0) with a victory by TKO over the Mexican Julian Fernandez. Makhmudov won the NABF heavyweight North American champion Saturday afternoon at the Montreal Casino Cabaret. With this victory, Makhmudov won the NABF heavyweight North American championship.

A clear domination by Makhmudov in the first two rounds. He connected several power shots, but Fernandez (14-2-0) resisted to all the shots.

The situation changed in the third round. In the this round, Makhmudov hurt three times Fernandez with his power shots, and the referee intervened to declare the Mexican TKO after one minute and 19 seconds of action..

Makhmudov scored a KO or a TKO in all his pro bouts.

“It was the most significant bout of my pro boxing career, and the result was absolutely perfect,” said Makhmudov after the fight. “As you saw it, I was the aggressor in each round. I connected all the power punches of the fight. My opponent was boxing strictly defensively. With this first important championship, my name should appear soon in the international ratings, and I hope to fight eventually for a world title.”

Just before then main event, the Montrealer super lightweight (140 pounds) Mathieu Germain suffered of his first lost in pro boxing (17-1-1).The Mexican Uriel Perez (19-4-0) beat the Montrealer by TKO. The fight was spectacular. Each fighter attacked furiously in each round.

In the fourth round, Perez hurt seriously Germain with two intense attacks to head and the body.

Perez provoked a knockdown in the fifth round with a solid right hand on the jaw, and the referee intervened to declare Germain TKO after 2.16 minutes of action in this round.The worst moment in the Germain’s career.

The super middleweight (168 pounds) Lexon Mathieu, from Québec City, scored his sixth win in pro boxing (6-0-0)… and it was a spectacular one. He won by KO in the first round over the Mexican Juan Sergio Torres Perez (7-9-0).

Mathieu knock Perez out with a great right hand on the jaw after only two minutes of action.

The Montrealer Russian Artur Ziyatdinov, a cruiserweight (190 pounds), maintained his perfect record (11-0-0) in beating the American Darnell Boone (24-25-5), from Atlanta, by unanimous decision in eight rounds.

In the second round, Ziiyatdinov provoked a knockdown with a solid right hand on the chin.

Boone came back in the following round with intense attacks and the Montrealer worked in counter-attacks.

Boone got good moments offensively in the sixth and seventh rounds, but Ziyatdinov dominated more rounds than his rival in this fight.

Boone is a popular name in Montréal, because in 2010, he became the first fighter to beat the Montrealer Adonis Stevenson, who became later the WBC light heavyweight (175 pounds) champion of the world.

The judges scored the bout 78-73, 78-73 and 79-72.

Sébastien Roy, a welterweight (147 pounds) from Thetford Mines, Québec, stayed undefeated (8-0-0) in pro boxing with a victory by unanimous decision in six rounds over Larone Whyte (6-4-0), from Toronto.

The fight was intense and spectacular. In the fifth round White hurt Roy with a solid right hand on the jaw.

But Roy dominated more rounds than his opponent with his solid attacks with both hands.

The judges got cards of 59-55, 58-56 and 58-56 for Roy.

In the opening bout of the day, the Montrealer Russian super bantamweight (120 pounds) Vislan Dalkhaev improved his pro record to 12-1-0, with a win by unanimous decision in six rounds over the Mexican Oscar Mata (8-51).

Mata gave a solid opposition to the Montrealer in the first two rounds, but Dalkhaev dominated clearly the action in the last four rounds with his good technique. The judges scored the bout 60-54, 59-55 and 59-55.for the Montrealer.


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