Heavyweight contender Arslanbek Makhmudov moved one other step nearer to a possible world title shot with a convincing unanimous resolution victory over Carlos Takam in Montreal.
The 33-year-old, nicknamed ‘Lion’, continued his unbeaten file after being awarded the choice by scores of 97-91 and 96-92 twice.
Makhmudov (15-0, 14 knockouts) didn’t cease an opponent for the primary time in his skilled profession, although, as Takam (39-7-1, 28 KOs) dug deep to increase the competition regardless of being knocked down twice.
The conflict threatened to be stopped contained in the opening minute when Makhmudov, who had gained 10 of his earlier fights by way of first-round knockouts, harm Takam together with his first significant punches and knocked him to the bottom shortly afterwards.
Takam survived by throwing wild photographs and responded effectively to a clear proper hand from Makhmudov within the second, with the Cameroon-born veteran then touchdown plenty of large left fingers and searching more and more harmful because the struggle progressed.
The pair exchanged punches earlier than Makhmudov knocked down Takam once more within the closing phases of the seventh, with the Canadian-based Russian made to work laborious for victory in his hardest check thus far.
What subsequent for Makhmudov?
Makhmudov’s run of knockouts previous to his victory over Takam put him on the “radar” of High Rank president Todd duBoef, whose goal now’s to information the fearsome heavyweight in direction of a world title.
‘Lion’ just lately signed a multi-year co-promotional contract with High Rank and DuBoef revealed how the corporate turned conscious of the contender’s menacing popularity.
“My matchmakers have him on our radar display screen for a very long time, actually appreciated what he can do, his pedigree,” DuBoef instructed Sky Sports activities. “They love his type, suppose he is bodily powerful and he’ll be at a place too.
“He is had slightly extra expertise than [fellow Top Rank heavyweight] Jared [Anderson] on the physique of labor he is had. I believe you may see him within the subsequent 12 months actually make some strides.”