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Arslanbek Makhmudov defeats Carlos Takam to maintain his undefeated record

Arslanbek Makhmudov
Arslanbek Makhmudov defeats Carlos Takam to maintain his undefeated record. Photo/ Sky Sports
  • Arslanbek Makhmudov defeated Carlos Takam on Friday night at Montreal Casino in Montreal, Quebec, Canada to retain his WBC-NABF heavyweight title. 
  • Former world title challenger Steven ‘Bang Bang’ Butler destroyed Mark ‘The Bazooka’ DeLuca in 1:59 to defend his NABF title. 

Arslanbek Makhmudov maintained his pro boxing record on Friday night as he defeated Carlos Takam by unanimous decision. 

The heavyweight contender now has a boxing record of 15-0. Fourteen of his wins have been knockouts. 

Arslanbek Makhmudov successfully defended his WBC-NABF heavyweight title for the sixth consecutive time during the fight. He also won the vacant WBC Silver heavyweight title in the process.

Arslanbek Makhmudov

Arslanbek Makhmudov defeated Carlos Takam to retain his WBC-NABF heavyweight title. Photo/ Sky Sports

However, his fight against Carlos Takam was not an easy one. Carlos Takam gave the Russian boxer the challenge of his life in front of a big crowd at Montreal Casino in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

The fight threatened to be stopped in the first twenty seconds after Arslanbek Makhmudov knocked down Takam with his first heavy punches. 

However, Takam got up after an 8-count from Referee Michael Griffin and continued until the end of the first round. 

Arslanbek Makhmudov dominated the first and the second rounds, most probably due to the meaningful punch he gave Carlos in his chin in the first twenty seconds. 

Carlos Takam gained momentum in the third round and dominated the fight in the fourth round. The Cameroon-born boxer got the better side of Arslanbek Makhmudov in the fifth round, giving him some wild punches. 

Carlos stunned Arslanbek in the sixth round with an overhand right on the chin. Carlos missed a right in the final seconds of the seventh round, thereby ending up on the ropes. 

Arslanbek Makhmudov took advantage of his opponent and gave him a strong punch on the right side of his head. Carlos was knocked down and managed to get back on his feet after an 8-count from the referee. 

The match’s referee warned Arslanbek Makhmudov for his rough tactics in the eighth round. Carlos Takam looked more dangerous in the ninth round forcing Arslanbek Makhmudov to work hard for his victory. 

Carlos Takam now has a pro boxing record of 39-7-1 (28 KOs).

The judges scored 97-91, 96-92 and 96-92 in favour of Arslanbek Makhmudov. The Lion moved another step closer to a potential world title after his victory on Friday night. 

In other fights, former world title challenger Steven ‘Bang Bang’ Butler defeated Mark ‘The Bazooka’ DeLuca after just two rounds. And the time was 1:59. 

Steven, who has a pro boxing record of 31-3-1 (26 KOs), defended his NABF title during the fight. 

On the other hand, Thomas Chabot crushed Armando Ramirez in two rounds. Thomas, who is unbeaten in the super featherweight (7-0, 7 KOs), dropped Ramirez (3-2, 0 KOs) in round one before finishing him up in round two.

Thomas Chabot

Thomas Chabot crushed Armando Ramirez in two rounds. Photo/ Le Soleil.

In other fights, Jean Gardy Francois W4 defeated Andres Sanchez Ramirez in the super featherweight. Hamza Khabbaz W4, on the other hand, also defeated Jose Gutierrez Bolanos in welterweight. 

Abraham Odhiambo is an avid sports fan who loves to write about football, boxing and wrestling. He's a big supporter of Manchester United. He's pursuing a bachelor's degree in Media and Communication at Egerton University.

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