Beterbiev vs Yarde Undercard: Dalakian Gets Robbery; Karol Itauma Exposed

Artem Dalakian Should Not Be Champion; Karol Itauma Needs Work

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Karol Itauma knockdown | Artem Dalakian | Beterbiev vs Yarde banner (Credit: Top Rank).

Dalakian & Karol Itauma Have Bad Performances On Beterbiev vs Yarde Undercard

In a WBA Flyweight title fight, David Jimenez (12-1, 9KO) was robbed against the champion Artem Dalakin 22-0, 15KO). Jimenez controlled the majority of the fight, winning three of the four major criteria of judging. He dictated the pace while clean punching and effective aggression were all on point. A case can be made that he even won the defense criteria with the exception of being hit by an occasional right hand. Dalakian came on the last three rounds of the fight, but it should have been a case of “too little too late”.

To the shock of the fans, two judges saw it 115-113, and one had it 116-112 in favor of the champion. 3kingsboxing had 117-111 for Jimenez. This marks another black eye for boxing in a long list of bad judging!


Journeyman light heavyweight contender Ezequiel Maderna (23-10, 19KO) scored the upset over the heavily favored prospect Karol Ituama (9-1, 7KO). From the moment the the first round started, Maderna went right-hand crazy against the southpaw. Itauma, refusing to move his head off the centerline, made the fight easy for Maderna. The right hand literally could not miss!

Finally, in round five Itauma was sent to the canvas by the same punch Elbe fell virgin to over and over again. It was expected the favorite would get off the canvas but as he did, the referee finished the ten count. The fight was over! Maderna collects a big victory on the road by winning the WBA International title. Meanwhile, this is a huge hit to Itauma as the once promising prospect is now likely being looked at as a bust.


In his professional debut, heavyweight Moses Itauma (1-0, 1KO) made quick work of Marcel Bode (2-2, 2KO). In a fight that saw the fighter’s introduction last longer, Itauma seemed to land two straight lefts that hurt Bode to the point where he was receiving oxygen after the fight was called off. However, the replay showed both punches were caught on the gloves!

Nevertheless, Moses was not in the mood to play around after watching his older brother get stopped two fights prior. Itauma made a name for himself sparring with the likes of Daniel Dubois, Anthony Joshua, Joe Joyce, and Lawrence Okolie. This decorated amateur is off to a great start.

By: Bo Bland

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Garrisson Bland - Head of Public Relations/Senior Journalist. Garrisson is the Head of Public relations for as well as a senior writer. He is also the host of YouTube boxing show "Truth And Facts Sports Talk."