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Murodjon Akhmadaliev vs Ryosuke Iwasa – Big Fight Preview & Predictions

Murodjon Akhmadaliev makes a homecoming first defence of his titles against Japan's Ryosuke Iwasa.

Murodjon Akhmadaliev will be in the opposing corner come January 30. Photo credit: HBO Sports
Murodjon Akhmadaliev makes his return to the ring this weekend. Photo credit: HBO Sports

Matchroom and DAZN promote in Uzbekistan this Saturday night, with a unified world champion heading the action.

Murodjon Akhmadaliev (8-0, KO6) makes a homecoming first defence of his title, and the 26-year-old southpaw now residing in California defends his WBA (Super) and IBF Super Bantamweight crowns against Japan’s Ryosuke Iwasa (27-3, KO17), a former holder of the IBF title himself.

Akhmadaliev is another off the long conveyor belt of Uzbekh talent, and won his duo of belts in his last contest, taking a competitive and close split decision win over the champion, Daniel Roman, in January 2020. 

Iwasa should prove a decent first test for Akhmadaliev, and the 31-year-old Kashiwa native comes into this contest as the IBF number one ranked contender, and interim champion. 

The challenger is best known to UK fans for a June 2015 stoppage defeat to Lee Haskins in Bristol, but he rebounded, and just over two years later became IBF champion with a sixth round stoppage of his countryman, Yukinori Oguni. 

After one straightforward defence, Iwasa shipped the belt in a home loss to Australia’s TJ Doheny in August 2018.

A jubilant Iwasa after winning the IBF interim title. Photo Credit: The Japan Times

He has only fought twice since, his most recent an eleventh round stoppage of Marlon Tapales in December 2019 to take the interim crown.

Prediction: Akhmadaliev certainly looks a real talent and could dominate the weight and further weights if he chooses to. 

Iwasa is experienced, but will need that and a lot more to compete with the champion. I think the Uzbekh can grind down Iwasa in around six to retain his belts.

Another Uzbekh talent based in the USA is Shakhram Giyasov (10-0, KO8), and ‘Wonderboy’ defends his WBA International Super Lightweight title over ten against Mexico’s Patricio Lopez Moreno (28-4, KO20). 

Giyasov won his belt in April 2019, and has made two impressive defences, against former world title challenger, Darleys Perez inside a round, and last time out he knocked out Wiston Campos in three in August 2020. 

Moreno has a solid enough record, but Giyasov should have this one wrapped up in the early stages.

Israil Madrimov victorious after stopping all of his opponents. Photo Credit: Bad Left Hook
Israil Madrimov has remained undefeated after stopping five of his six opponents. Photo Credit: Bad Left Hook

At Super Welterweight, 2016 Olympic bronze medallist Israil Madrimov (6-0, KO5) continues his education by taking on undefeated South Africa-based Congolese, Emmany Kalombo (14-0, KO14). 

Kalombo’s record looks intimidating, but it is heavily padded, and Madrimov can take him out inside schedule here.

A ten rounder at Light Flyweight sees Hasanboy Dusmatov (2-0, KO2) take on Venezuela’s Alexis Diaz (25-2, KO17). 

Dusmatov is vastly inexperienced compared to his opponent, but has a wealth of amateur experience to draw on. 

Diaz has been stopped in both of his defeats, and Dusmatov can add to that list here with a stoppage win after the halfway mark.

Debutant, Ikboljon Kholdarov should have too much over six for Volodymyr Hordiienko (8-3, KO3) and should seal a simple points win.

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