By Tré Berry III🖊️
The first major fight on the card lived up to its expectations, and with a great showing of skill and ring command, Uzbekistan’s standout 🥉🇺🇿Murodjon “MJ” Akhmadaliev (8-0-0, 6KO👊) defeated former Unified Titlist 🇺🇸Danny “Baby Faced Assassin” Roman (27-2-1, 10KO👊) by way of a Split-Decision verdict to win the WBA and IBF Super-Bantamweight World Titles, and successfully tied 🇺🇸Leon Spinks record of becoming a Unified Champion with just 8 fights on the resumé.
01/30/2019 | Roman vs. Akhmadaliev Fight Recap
Akhmadaliev put the pressure on early and landed a couple of quality looping left hands from the southpaw stance and swept it around Roman’s guard. Roman was very patient, perhaps with the intention of getting a look at the Uzbekistan challenger and to try to drag him into deep waters, as “MJ” has only been past the 6th round once in the pro portion of his career. Uzbekistan appeared to be the more athletic and speedier of the two now that we could see both boxers in the same ring. Akhmadaliev landed a strong 2-fisted combination towards the end of the 2nd round, and it was clear from this point that the Champion Roman was going to have his hands full, standing opposite a fighter with an inordinate amount of skills at his whim.
Roman started to invest to the body a little more as time went along, hoping to contribute to a late pay off, taking the risks to land them as Akhmadaliev was scraping him upstairs. Roman has good sound basic defense, but Akhmadaliev’s creativity enabled him to pit his punches up, between and around he glove positioning of Roman’s 🥊🥊gloves for him to take the early lead in this contest. Akhmadaliev got more brave in the middle rounds, though done responsibly, and Roman understanding that he was getting beat to the punch stepped up his rate of activity as well, hoping to time the challenger through volume. Akhmadaliev’s superior footwork was causing a litany of problems for Roman every time he was looking to set his feet to generate more power. Roman however was more successful in the mid rounds landing the left hook to the liver, and occasionally sneaking in the uppercut upstairs, splitting the guard, but wasn’t landing enough, as he continuously fell behind on the scorecards.
After 🗣️Head-Trainer Joel Diaz Jr. lit into him after the 7th round, Akhmadaliev got more active and became the aggressor coming forward, understanding his position as the challenger and leaving no potential stone left unturned if it were to go to the judges. Because of that, the 8th round was the best round of the fight, with Roman forcing the exchanges. Roman landed his best shot of the fight which was an uppercut, but Akhmadaliev came back with some clever combination work at the end of the round. Any concerns about Akhmadaliev’s conditioning entering into the 10th easily dissipated as he looked to have energy for days, and had his wits about him, even with an increasingly aggressive Champion looking to get himself back into the thick of the fight. Every time Roman would turn the heat up, Akhmadaliev would turn the temperature up even hotter and beat him to the punch, dancing on him, and landing a wide variety of power shots. Danny Roman came out desperate in the 🛎️12th round, and wore his heart on his sleeve, putting together some of the best work he put forth in the fight. The last 10-15 seconds, a fiery exchange between the two broke out to the final bell, as Roman failed to get that late knockout that he was in need of.
The scorecards were a bit surprising, with one judge having Roman as the winner, but with scores of 📝115-113, 115-113 and 113-115, Uzbekistan has a brand new World Champion, and he will leave out of Miami with both the WBA and IBF World Titles draped around his shoulders, a job well done.
Roman’s people prior to the fight felt he was crazy taking this match against Akhmadaliev, and what resulted was exactly why. With that being stated, Roman deserves a boatload of credit for behaving like a real Champion and electing not to duck the esteemed challenger – Boxing needs more of these types to keep the sport heading in the right direction, so respect to Danny Roman. He will definitely find his way back in the 🖼️picture for Title contention in the near future.
Akhmadaliev Takes Major Leap Up to Fight Danny Roman in Unified Super-Bantamweight Championship
One of the stronger prelim match-ups that we have had in a while on paper is scheduled to take place this Thursday night, as acclaimed Unified Super-Bantamweight Titlist 🇺🇸Danny “Baby Faced Assassin” Roman (27-2-1, 10KO👊) will face decorated Uzbekistan Olympian and unbeaten #1 WBA contender 🥉🇺🇿Murodjon “MJ” Akhmadaliev (7-0-0, 6KO👊) which can be viewed on DAZN’s streaming app on the Andrade/Keeler undercard.
01/28/2020 | Striking Similarities Between the Two Fighters
For each fighter, it will essentially be like looking in a mirror, as they both have near identical styles, with their skills closely in step with one another. The one difference is that Akhmadiev is a southpaw, while Roman is right handed, so there’s a natural dynamic there to further the mirroring aspect. They are both intelligent, with Roman learning on the job as a pro, and with Murodjon’s amateur experience to pull from, and both are very poised in executing their game plans. It is because of these components where I personally expect us to get a very good fight out of this one.
DANIEL “BABY FACED ASSASSIN” ROMAN
Roman has had a slow, successful rise to the top. He wasn’t a highly touted prospect, instead working his way up and learning what he could after starting his career in 2010, with constant gradual improvement that has carried him through the division. He would get his big break in 2017 when he defeated 🇯🇵Shun Kubo to win the WBA 122 lb Title. Since then, he has defended his Title 4 times, racking up solid victories over 🇯🇵Ryo Matsumoto, 🇲🇽Moises Flores and 🇬🇧Gavin McDonnell, while also defeating 🇦🇺T.J. Doheny to win the IBF belt last year. His last 7 opponents combined has an astonishing total record of 📍127 wins, 2 losses and 3 draws prior to entering the ring with them, with 5 of those boxers being undefeated, and Roman winning all 7 of those fights. He wants to become a household name, and looks to be hellbent in taking tough opposition to further prove his status past just holding 2 of the belts available in the division.
MURODJON “MJ” AKHMADALIEV
Akhmadaliev had put together an outstanding amateur record of 📍300 wins and 20 losses, which he would parlay into Medaling at the ◯◯◯◯◯2016 Rio Olympics, winning the Bronze Medal after he was ousted by 🥇🥇🇨🇺Robeisy Ramirez at Bantamweight who went on to win his 2nd consecutive Gold-Medal. Upon his introduction to the professional ranks in early 2018, he has thoroughly impressed boxing insiders in his short 7 fight campaign. While his competition has been a mediocre reflection of someone looking to 📈rise up the ranks as a contender, he is no stranger to the big stage harking back to his amateur days, where he exhibited a great deal of poise throughout those moments. His rise to #1 status was more attributed to the level and skill which he has fought at in dominating the over-matched foes, which was an easy indication that he belongs in a different bracket to warrant the WBA’s decision to accelerate his ranking upwards, as he looks to be ready for the major shot that is to come on Thursday against Danny Roman.
IN CLOSING – This fight has the potential to steal the show as the nights best fight. The fight will be fought at the Meridian at Island Gardens in Miami, Florida, USA on Thursday night. Tune into 💻DAZN to catch the card in its entirety.
Thursday, January 27th, 2020
Meridians at Island Gardens, Miami, Florida, USA
Unified Super-Bantamweight Championship Contest
WBA Super-Featherweight Title
IBF Super-Featherweight Title