Bakhodir Jalolov Knocks Big Jack Mulowayi Flat in Round Eight!
Seeking to keep his perfect record and flawless knockout streak intact, heavyweight prospect Bakhodir Jalolov (11-0. 11 KO’s) was aiming to impress in his latest contest. Across the ring he was pit against Congo native Jack “Big Jack” Mulowayi (11-3-1, 7 KO’s).
Heading into the affair, the Uzbekistani fighter carried the heavier credentials toting his professional record, as well as earning the bronze medal in the 2015 World championships, gold at the 2019 World Championships and gold in the 2020 Summer Olympic Games. To earn the gold in the 2020 Olympic Games, Jalolov out-classed and out-pointed Richard Torrez who he’d already beaten once by way of knockout.
Unlike Jalolov, Big Jack has already tasted defeat twice as a professional. It was Herve Hubeaux who first sent him to the loss column and then talented southpaw and PBC pushed fighter Frank Sanchez. Both prevailed by way of points decision. It’s also worth mentioning this match against Jalolov marked only the second time that Mulowayi fought in the US with his bout against Sanchez being the first.
BETTER LATE THAN NEVER
The opening period was a standard feel-out round that housed no significant action. During the second, Jalolov began finding his timing and distance. This allowed him to land numerous shots on Mulowayi throughout the round. Nothing seriously impaired Big Jack, but the points were still scored in Jalolov’s favor. Jalolov continued to dominate in the third, but it was a straight left that appeared to buzz Mulowayi in the final minute. To his credit, he weathered the adversity but the damage was done.
Despite controlling the round, Jalolov was deducted a point in the fourth due to prolonged holding. For the next few rounds, Jalolov controlled the tepid action with his nimble feet and trustworthy jab. Nothing meaningful connected until the Uzbekistani fighter clobbered Mulowayi with a hard left to the mouth in the final seconds of the sixth. The shot sent his opponent flopping down on the canvas. The Congo native bravely beat the count and was clearly affected.
Mulowayi did well to survive the seventh, although he was badly wobbled toward the end of the round. Finally, in the eighth round, Jalolov blasted Mulowayi in the mouth with a crushing short left hook. Once hit, Big Jack flopped on his back and looked like he was doing an impression of Superman flying through the sky. While the fight itself was rather dull, the final knockout was fun.
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By: Bakari Simpson