Carlos Takam did what no boxer had done before at the Casino de Montreal on Friday. He stopped Arslanbek Makhmudov, who won by first decision of his career.
Declaring “destruction”, Makhmudov (15-0, 14 K.-O) had to work hard to achieve this unanimous decision. In fact, the Russian never needed more than seven rounds to end a fight. Despite this unexpected result, he won the WBC silver heavyweight belt while retaining his NABF and NABA titles.
The winner did not hide a certain surprise about the constant speed of the Frenchman.
“To be honest, I didn’t expect him to be in such good shape, as I saw his last fight. He was getting tired. So I was in no hurry. But I am happy because I had never done 10 rounds.
a good start
Unsurprisingly, the guy nicknamed Lion started the fight with his best shots. Takam (39-7-1, 28 KO) also visited the mat in the first round, getting up easily before the count ended.
The two men then observed each other for a few rounds and Takam several times managed to make some good shots without hooking his opponent. All this went on till the seventh round, when Takam found himself on the ground again.
The Frenchman also had an affair in the last round, who suffered only four knockouts. In 47 fights in his career.
Even the benefit. He is aggressive and more sharp.
Very split recovery. Good exchange on both sides. Animated end of the round.
Slow on both sides. Little advantage to Makhmudov, who showed more initiative.
Takum has a lot to do with this recovery. Makhmudov touches several fine straight lines, even forcing him to lean against the cables. Mahmudov made a strong showing, however, throwing his opponent to the ground for the second time.
Makhmudov hits Takam to the head with two good combinations. Takam made a strong end, throwing a solid right hand that hit Makhmudov in the head.
Makhmudov launches the best attacks, but fails to connect as he wants. Takam is moving forward and defending himself well.
After a quiet first minute, the intensity goes up a notch at the end of the round. Takam once again struck Makhmudov over the head with two powerful right hands. That’s the round.
Takam inflicted two solid blows to Makhmudov on the head. Mahkmudov tries to answer without much success. He was forced to return to the ring a few times in his career.
Makhmudov fires off most of the attack, but Takam walks well into the ring and manages to deflect most of Kubekar’s effort.
Quickly, Makhmudov sends Takam to the floor. But the Franco-Cameroonian gets up and responds surprisingly well, throwing some nice right hands.