Abdulsalamov trumps Rodriguez in round two to maintain perfect knockout record

4 Feb

Denzil Stone – Atlantic City

Emerging heavyweight prospect Magomed ‘Mago’ Abdulsalamov triumphed by way of second round knockout at the Texas Station Casino in Las Vegas as opponent Pedro Rodriguez – an undefeated prospect prior to fight night – was down and out for the count as early as the first meaningful flurry, in the second round, on Friday, February 3. Abdulsalamov was second best in the first round, but battered Rodriguez in the second…

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Stone’s scorecard

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Abdulsalamov
9 10

Rodriguez
10 8

Official verdict: Abdulsalamov wins a knockout in round two.

A hyped fight despite only being a four rounder, there was no love lost during fight week between Abdulsalamov and Rodriguez as the two almost traded shots before the bell had been rung. When it did, Rodriguez went after the Russian looking to take his head off and parade it around the ring on a stick. For moments, it worked, he landed a heavy hand in the middle of Abdulsalamov’s face, forcing the 6’3 Oxnard-based boxer onto the backfoot, however, as the fight grew on, Abdusalamov became more comfortable and began tormenting the Cuban.

In the second round, it was all over. Looking to finish the fight, Abdusalamov slammed hooks into Rodriguez’s ears, sending numerous looping hands behind his opponent’s earmuff guard until Rodriguez keeled over and refused to get back to his feet. The fight showed little of what Abdulsalamov can truly do… his manager, Sampson Lewkowicz, is not shy of praise when describing the heavyweight and, he does train well, has a good coach – Pablo Sarmiento – and a perfect record (which is now 13-0-0, 13ko), yet in the top tier, his flaws – remaining static after throwing a punch – would be exploited unless he continues to learn and adapt in the gym and in the ring.

Abdulsalamov next fight is on March 17 – the highly-publicised St Patrick’s Day card at the Madison Square Garden in New York City headlined by World Crown Sports stablemate Sergio Martinez’s lineal middleweight championship defence against Matthew Macklin. Abdulsalamov, 30, takes on Raphael Zumbano (31-5-1, 24ko) in what is another clear step-up in class in not only skillset, but experience.

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