Ali Akhmedov makes easy work of David Zegarra in four!
The once highly touted super middleweight prospect, Ali Akhmedov (16-1, 12KOs), is looking to reclaim his spot as one of the better prospects in boxing. After being praised by mentor IBF champion Gennady “Triple G” Golovkin as the next big thing, Akhmedov would be shocked! Waging battle with a fellow unbeaten fighter Carlos Gongora (20-0, 15KOs), he would be stopped in the twelfth and final round! He comes into this fight looking to put all that behind him.
Akhmedov faces David Zegarra (34-5, 21KOs) in an eight-round bout. Zegarra is an experienced fighter who’s shared the ring with former IBF middleweight champion David Lemieux and former world title challenger Shefat Isufi, getting stopped by both.
On paper, this bout serves as nothing more than a bounce-back fight. However, Ali Akhmedov needs to take this very seriously. Another loss would be severely detrimental to a fighter that’s been highly touted and viewed as a future world champion!
ALL ALI AKHMEDOV!
Once the bell sounded, it was clear what both men’s strategies were! Akhmedov was immediately on his front foot. Pressing the action behind his long jab, he would stalk Zegarra for the duration of this fight. Pinning his opponent on the ropes, he would unload hard right-hands and left hooks to the body. As for Zegarra, he was on the move, clearly looking to tire out his younger adversary in hopes of success in the later rounds.
In round two, with about 38 seconds left, Akhmedov would catch Zegarra on the ropes and connect with a beautiful right uppercut that hurt his man! Sensing this, he would attempt to go in for the kill. However, Zegarra would land a hard left hook that indicated he still had fight in him.
The finale of the fight came when Akhmedov, who was still pressing the action, forced his overmatched opponent back to the ropes. This resulted in a tired and bloody-nosed Zegarra falling through ropes. The ringside doctor would halt the action and take a look at the veteran. After a brief conversation, the decision was made to stop the fight.
The win for Akhmedov pushes his record to 17-1, 13 KO’s. He successfully bounced back nicely following his first career loss.
By: Jerrell Fletcher