At the weekend, Jamel Herring successfully retained his WBO World title against Carl Frampton, whilst Murojdon Akhmadaliev had a fruitful homecoming with a fifth-round stoppage of Ryosuke Iwasa.
In what many saw as a 50/50 fight, Jamel Herring was able to utilise his physical advantages to halt two-weight World champion Carl Frampton. It was one-way traffic for the American until Frampton launched an offensive in the fourth, cutting Herring over the right eye, who was firing back with hard shots.
The Belfast star had started too slow, managing to close the gap left him open to straight shots from Herring which seemed to stagger Frampton. A well-timed straight left dropped ‘The Jackal’ in the fifth, but he came firing back to see the end of the round.
In the sixth round, a left uppercut dropped Frampton heavily. Herring sensing the end launched an attack, chopping down the Irishman until the towel came in.
Frampton announced his retirement after the fight, and it seemed like the correct decision. He’s had one hell of a career and I wish him all the best in his future. Herring will fight on, and with the biggest win of his career now in the bank, he’ll want to capitalise on that. He called out Oscar Valdez in his post-fight interview for a unification bout, which I think makes perfect sense and would put either man in a strong running for fighter of the year.
I’ve heard some nonsense that some people are opposed to Jamel Herring facing Oscar Valdez, which doesn’t make sense to me at all. A unification bout is a logical next step for both men, Shakur Stevenson can wait and fight the winner – if he can wait five years to face Lomachenko, he wait a few more months for Herring/Valdez.
Murodjon Akhmadaliev wasted no time piling on the pressure when he faced Ryosuke Iwasa. The Uzbekistan was landing a spiteful jab throughout the early rounds, but couldn’t quite catch his counterpart with the looping left hand he was throwing.
Iwasa was having his moments with nice combinations striking through the guard of Akhmadaliev, but nothing to discourage the unified champion. MJ soon found a target for the left hand in round four, as the guard of Iwasa dropped slightly and gave the Uzebekistan more confidence.
Early in the fifth session, Akhmadaliev found his range and piled on shots to the head of the former World champion, who was backed up onto the ropes within the first minute. A further assault from Akhmadaliev put Iwasa under pressure, who was prematurely stopped from continuing by the referee.
Akhmadaliev probably deserved a better stoppage as much as Iwasa did, this was his homecoming but he’s still proven that he’s the 122lbs boogeyman. My social media was filled with calls for Fulton-Akhmadaliev, amid the congratulations to Carl Frampton on a wonderful career. I think Akhmadaliev can go on to become the best in the division and potentially an undisputed champion in the next year or two. Stephen Fulton is a hard challenge for the Uzebekistan, but it’s the best versus the best, and a three-belt unification would have the super-bantamweight division thriving once again.
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