RCC Boxing Academy, Ekaterinburg, Russia
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Who won Abdullaev vs Zlaticanin?
Zaur Abdullaev beat Dejan Zlaticanin by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest on Saturday 11th September 2021 at RCC Boxing Academy in Ekaterinburg.
The scorecards were announced as 119-109, 118-110, 117-111 in favor of winner Zaur Abdullaev.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 12 rounds in the Lightweight division, which meant the weight limit was 135 pounds (9.6 stone or 61.2 KG).
The undercard featured the clash of Tishchenko vs Kudryashov.
Abdullaev vs Zlaticanin stats
Zaur Abdullaev stepped into the ring with a record of 13 wins, 1 loss and 0 draws, 8 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Dejan Zlaticanin made his way to the ring with a record of 23 wins, 2 loses and 0 draws, with 16 of those wins by knock out.
The stats suggested Zlaticanin had a slight advantage in power over Abdullaev, with a 70% knock out percentage over Abdullaev's 62%.
Zaur Abdullaev was the younger man by 10 years, at 28 years old.
Abdullaev had a height advantage of 5 inches over Zlaticanin. That also extended to a 7-inch reach advantage.
Zaur Abdullaev fought out of the orthodox stance, while Dejan Zlaticanin was a southpaw.
Abdullaev was the less experienced professional fighter, having had 11 less fights, and made his debut in 2017, 8 year and 10 months later than Zlaticanin, whose first professional fight was in 2008. He had fought 25 less professional rounds, 114 to Zlaticanin's 139.
Zaur Abdullaev went into the fight ranked number 6 by the WBC and 10 by the IBF at lightweight.
Abdullaev vs Zlaticanin form
Abdullaev had beaten 4 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 3 of them, going the distance once.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had won against Zhora Hamazaryan on 27th March 2021 by unanimous decision in their 10 round contest at RCC Boxing Academy, Ekaterinburg, Russia.
Previous to that, he had won against Pavel Malikov on 22nd August 2020 by knockout in the 7th round at RCC Boxing Academy, Ekaterinburg.
Going into that contest, he had been beaten by Devin Haney on 13th September 2019 by knockout in the 4th round in their WBC Interim World Lightweight championship fight at Madison Square Garden, New York, United States.
Before that, he had beat Humberto Martinez on 22nd March 2019 by technical knockout in the 10th round at KRK “Uralets”, Ekaterinburg, Russia.
He had defeated Ardie Boyose on 10th March 2018 by technical knockout in the 7th round at DIVS, Ekaterinburg.
Zlaticanin had beaten 4 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 2 of them, going the distance twice.
In his last fight before this contest, he had lost to Mikey Garcia on 28th January 2017 by knockout in the 3rd round in their WBC World Lightweight championship fight at MGM Grand, Las Vegas, United States.
Previous to that, he had won against Franklin Mamani on 11th June 2016 by technical knockout in the 3rd round in their WBC World Lightweight championship fight at Turning Stone Resort & Casino, Verona.
Going into that contest, he had defeated Ivan Redkach on 13th June 2015 by technical knockout in the 4th round at Bartow Arena, Birmingham.
Before that, he had beat Alex Bone on 25th October 2014 by unanimous decision in their 10 round contest at Mediterranean Sports Centre, Budva, Montenegro.
He had won against Ricky Burns on 27th June 2014 by split decision in their 12 round contest at Braehead Arena, Glasgow, United Kingdom.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Zaur Abdullaev had been fighting more than Dejan Zlaticanin.
Going to this contest, Zaur Abdullaev had last fought 1 year, 4 months and 20 days ago, while Dejan Zlaticanin's last outing had been 5 years, 6 months and 19 days ago.
Abdullaev's last 5 fights had come over a period of 4 years, 5 months and 6 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 10 months and 20 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 38 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 7.6 rounds on average.
Zlaticanin's last 5 fights had come over a period of 8 years, 1 month and 20 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 1 year, 7 months and 17 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 32 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 6.4 rounds on average.
What time did Abdullaev vs Zlaticanin start?
The fighters were expected to ringwalk at around 7:00 PM UTC at RCC Boxing Academy, Ekaterinburg, Russia, which was 3:00 PM EST or 12:00 PM PST on the West Coast of America, or 8:00 PM BST in the UK.
What were the odds on Abdullaev vs Zlaticanin?
Zaur Abdullaev was a (+100) underdog going into the contest, while Dejan Zlaticanin made his way into the ring at (+100) with oddsmakers.