With a dance troupe and a band playing covers of Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road,” the city of Tashkent, Uzbekistan was treated to a boxing and entertainment spectacle, headlined by Murodjon Akhmadaliev’s first pro bout back in his home country.
In his first world title defense and ninth pro bout, Akhmadaliev outboxed and outlanded Ryosuke Iwasa en route to a fifth-round stoppage to keep his WBA and IBF super bantamweight titles. The fight capped off a DAZN broadcast that saw five other boxers from Uzbekistan pick up victories.
Akhmadaliev started applying pressure with the jab and with aggression, pinning Iwasa to the ropes early on. Iwasa struggled to find his rhythm due to Akhmadaliev cutting off the ring, but Iwasa found a way to start landing punches. In round two, Iwasa snuck in a few body shots, but did take a lot of damage from Akhmadaliev’s jab.
Once the third round started, Akhmadaliev unleashed several hard combinations that pushed Iwasa back at times. Every time Iwasa landed a couple of punches, Akhmadaliev responded with many combinations, leading with the jab that Iwasa couldn’t find an answer for.
The start of the fifth round saw Akhmadaliev land several uninterrupted combinations on Iwasa, breaking through his defense and pushing him back. Iwasa didn’t respond well to Akhmadaliev’s early onslaught. After a minute passed in the fifth round, Akhmadaliev landed a pair of uppercuts that led to a barrage of heavy shots that stunned Iwasa. With Iwasa pinned to the ropes getting hit hard by Akhmadaliev, the referee stopped the bout, completing the champion’s first title defense.
This was Akhmadaliev’s first fight in more than 14 months with his last bout taking place in January 2020 after beating Daniel Roman to win the titles. Iwasa won the right to challenge for the IBF title in 2019 with consecutive wins against Cesar Juarez and Marlon Tapales. Iwasa held the IBF title from 2017 to 2018.
Uzbekistan Prospects And Contenders Victorious On DAZN Undercard
In the co-main event, 140-pound prospect Shakhram Giyasov outworked Patricio Lopez Moreno, knocking him out in the third round. A steady stream of pressure from Giyasov punished Moreno, leaving his face with blood covering it and facedown on the canvas when Giyasov knocked him out. Giyasov improved his pro record to 11-0 and picked up his third straight knockout win.
Israil Madrimov, another up-and-coming contender from Uzbekistan, went the distance in a 10-round win against Emmany Kalombo. Madrimov utilized the jab to the body well to keep Kalombo at bay, avoiding any big punches thrown by Kalombo. Madrimov did score a knockdown late in the eighth round, but was unable to capitalize on that momentum and convert it into a stoppage. As the only fight of the broadcast that went the distance, Madrimov defeated Kalombo by unanimous decision (100-89, 99-90, 98-92).
Before Madrimov’s fight, the rest of the card featured Uzbek prospects finishing their opponents off in very quick fashion. In heavyweight action, Bakhodir Jalovov dispatched Kristaps Zutis with a second-round TKO victory. Jalovov dropped Zutis twice before the stoppage, allowing Jalovov to keep his 100 percent KO rate intact.
Once Jalovov’s fight ended, Mirazizbek Mirzakhalilov’s pro debut got added to the broadcast as a swing bout. In his pro debut, Mirzakhalilov knocked out Tasha Mjuaji in the first round after a pair of knockdowns.
The DAZN broadcast opened with Hasanboy Dusmatov stopping Mushin Kizota in the second round after knocking him down three times. Dusmatov, who an Olympic gold medal in the 2016 Olympics as a light flyweight, has now won all three of his pro bouts inside the distance.
Murodjon Akhmadaliev vs. Ryosuke Iwasa DAZN Quick Results:
- Murodjon Akhmadaliev defeated Ryosuke Iwasa by TKO, round 5 (1:30) to retain the unified WBA and IBF super bantamweight titles
- Shakhram Giyasov defeated Patricio Lopez Moreno by KO, round 3 (2:21)
- Israil Madrimov defeated Emmany Kalombo by unanimous decision (100-89, 99-90, 98-92)
- Mirazizbek Mirzakhalilov defeated Tasha Mjuaji by KO, round 1 (2:26)
- Bakhodir Jalolov defeated Kristaps Zutis by TKO, round 2 (1:16)
- Hasanboy Dusmatov defeated Muhsin Kizota by TKO, round 2 (2:02)