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Makhmudov tested solidly, but victorious

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Carlos Takam did what no boxer had done before on Friday at the Casino de Montreal. He kept Arslanbek Makhmudov at bay, who won by virtue of a first career decision.

Announcing “destruction”, Makhmudov (15-0, 14 K.-O) had to work hard to secure this unanimous decision. In fact, the Russian had never needed more than seven rounds to finish a fight. Despite this unexpected achievement, he won the WBC Silver heavyweight belt while retaining his NABF and NABA titles.

The winner did not hide a certain surprise for the fast pace of the Frenchman.

“Honestly, I didn’t expect him to be this fit, because I’ve seen his latest fights. He was getting tired. That’s why I wasn’t in a hurry. But I’m happy because I had never done 10 laps.

A good start

Unsurprisingly, the one nicknamed the Lion started the fight with his best shots. Takam (39-7-1, 28 KOs) also visited the mat in the first round, easily getting up before the end of the count.

The two men then observed each other for a few rounds and Takam managed to land some good shots, not without hooking up on his rival at times. This continued until the seventh round, when Takam found himself back on the ground.

The last round was also the Frenchman’s affair, who suffered only four knockouts. in 47 fights in his career.

10th lap:

Advantage Takam here. He is the aggressor and is more incisive.

9th round:

Very divided recovery. Good exchanges on both sides. End of the animated round.

8th round:

Slow down on both sides. Slight advantage for Makhmudov, who shows more initiative.

7th lap:

Takam largely dominates this recovery. Makhmudov touches several good straights, also forcing him to lean on the cables. Mahmudov finished strong, however, knocking his opponent down for the second time.

6th lap:

Makhmudov hits Takam with two good head combinations. Takam finishes hard by throwing a solid right that hits Makhmudov in the head.

5th round:

Makhmudov launches the best attacks, but fails to connect as he would like. Takam is moving and protecting himself well.

4th lap:

After a quiet first minute, the intensity picks up a notch at the end of the round. Takam once again lands Makhmudov with two powerful right-handers to the head. The tour belongs to him.

3rd lap:

Takam hits Makhmudov with two solid headshots. Mahkmudov tries to answer, without much success. He is forced to return to the ring for one of the few times in his career.

2nd round:

Makhmudov instigates most of the attacks, but Takam moves well in the ring and manages to dodge most of the adopted Quebecer’s attempts.

1st round:

Quickly, Makhmudov sends Takam to the ground. But the Franco-Cameroonian gets up and responds surprisingly well, throwing good right.

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