Reigning unbeaten WBA/IBF Super-Bantamweight unified world titlist 🇺🇿Murodjon Akhmadaliev (10-0-0, 7KO) got a good, honest nights work in tonight, much credit given to late replacement foe 🇨🇱Jose Velasquez (29-7-2, 19KO), who showcased heavy durability, and toughness, making for a very physical assignment despite being blown out on the scorecards. Murodjon secured his 2nd defense of his titles, while Velasquez earned a new contingent of fans enthralled with his energy and toughness.
Akhmadaliev, with no respect to the level of threat from his opponent, came forward and threw relentless bombs, right hooks and looping left hands that routinely landed on the ears of the Chilean fighter. Velasquez was stuck behind his defensive shell, and even the shots that he deflected with his gloves and forearms, had some effect on Velasquez.
The southpaw Murodjon was in heavy stalker mode, blasting Jose with right hooks to the body, and throwing an authoritative jab that routinely offset his rhythm. By the second round, you could see that Velasquez was too slow with his hands, and in processing what was coming his way in terms of punches from the Olympian.
Akhmadaliev switched his style up, bouncing outside, boxing him in space, and making Velasquez fall off-balanced with his shots. Murodjon here was intent on showing the wide variety of traits that he carries as a prizefighter. With Velasquez feet too wide in his stance, Akhmadaliev was intent on taking up angles to continuously force the challenger to reset, and Velasquez didn’t seem to have many answers for it early.
Velasquez did land a sequence of impressive roundhouse punches on Akhmadaliev which was difficult for MJ to parry because of the angle in which they came in, but Akhmadaliev rebounded in the end of the third round, blasting him with a strong left hand that momentarily froze Jose in his tracks.
Jose showed up to win the fight, evidenced by his effort, especially his stunning first half of round 7 where he effected Akhmadaliev with a bodyshot, but the class of MJ was a hurdle too steep for him to climb in the long run.
Velasquez to his credit though seemed to be a piece of iron, that was extremely difficult to hurt for the likes of a sharp puncher such as Akhmadaliev, so it is certainly safe to say that we will eventually see him back in action against other good Super-Bantamweight talent as a respectable foe. As for MJ, he got the work in, took on the solid challenge en route to winning a Unanimous decision.
Murodjon Akhmadaliev put the word out there that he would be happy to give 🇺🇸Ronny Rios his shot, since Rios had to pull out of the original match-up due to him contracting Covid. Akhmadaliev also let it be known that he would love to face the winner of titlists 🇺🇸Brandon Figueroa and 🇺🇸Stephen Fulton, for the right to be called an Undisputed Super-Bantamweight Champion, with all 4 titles on the line, and the vacant Ring-Magazine world title to be claimed. MJ certainly isn’t a fighter that plays games, and neither do the others mentioned…so things may become very interesting for the 122 lb. lot in these next 12 – 18 months.