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Who won Akhmadaliev vs Iwasa?
Murodjon Akhmadaliev beat Ryosuke Iwasa by technical knockout in the 5th round on Saturday 3rd April 2021 at Humo Arena in Tashkent.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 12 rounds in the Super Bantamweight division, which meant the weight limit was 122 pounds (8.7 stone or 55.3 KG).
This contest was for the unified super bantamweight championship of the world, with the WBA & IBF belts on the line.
Also, on the undercard Israil Madrimov was victorious over Emmany Kalombo and Shakhram Giyasov beat Patricio Moreno.
Akhmadaliev vs Iwasa stats
Murodjon Akhmadaliev stepped into the ring with an undefeated record of 8 wins, zero loses and 0 draws, 6 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Ryosuke Iwasa made his way to the ring with a record of 27 wins, 3 loses and 0 draws, with 17 of those wins by knock out.
The stats suggested Akhmadaliev had advantage in power over Iwasa, with a 75% knock out percentage over Iwasa's 63%.
Murodjon Akhmadaliev was the younger man by 5 years, at 26 years old.
Iwasa had a height advantage of 2 inches over Akhmadaliev.
Murodjon Akhmadaliev fought out of the southpaw stance, while Ryosuke Iwasa was an orthodox fighter.
Akhmadaliev was the less experienced professional fighter, having had 22 less fights, and made his debut in 2018, 9 year and 7 months later than Iwasa, whose first professional fight was in 2008. He had fought 151 less professional rounds, 45 to Iwasa's 196.
Ryosuke Iwasa was ranked number 9 by the WBA in the 122lb division.
Akhmadaliev vs Iwasa form
Akhmadaliev remained undefeated as a professional, stopping 4 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight before this contest, he had beat Daniel Roman on 30th January 2020 by split decision in their WBA Super World Super Bantamweight and IBF World Junior Featherweight championship fight at Meridian at Island Gardens, Florida, United States.
Previous to that, he had beat Wilner Soto on 13th September 2019 by technical knockout in the 4th round at Madison Square Garden, New York.
Going into that contest, he had won against Carlos Carlson on 26th April 2019 by knockout in the 3rd round at Forum, Inglewood.
Before that, he had beat Isaac Zarate on 24th November 2018 by technical knockout in the 9th round at Mark G. Etess Arena, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, New Jersey.
He had defeated Ramon Contreras on 23rd August 2018 by knockout in the 1st round at The Hangar, California.
Iwasa had beaten 4 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 2 of them, going the distance twice.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had won against Marlon Tapales on 7th December 2019 by technical knockout in the 11th round at Barclays Center, New York, United States.
Previous to that, he had won against Cesar Juarez on 16th February 2019 by technical decision in their IBF World Junior Featherweight eliminator fight at Microsoft Theater, California.
Going into that contest, he had been beaten by TJ Doheny on 16th August 2018 by unanimous decision in their IBF World Junior Featherweight championship fight at Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan.
Before that, he had defeated Ernesto Saulong on 1st March 2018 by unanimous decision in their IBF World Junior Featherweight championship fight at Kokugikan, Tokyo.
He had beat Yukinori Oguni on 13th September 2017 by technical knockout in the 6th round in their IBF World Junior Featherweight championship fight at EDION Arena Osaka, Osaka.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Murodjon Akhmadaliev had been fighting more than Ryosuke Iwasa.
Going to this contest, Murodjon Akhmadaliev had last fought 1 year, 2 months and 24 days ago, while Ryosuke Iwasa's last outing had been 1 year, 4 months and 16 days ago.
Akhmadaliev's last 5 fights had come over a period of 2 years and 8 months, meaning he had been fighting on average every 6 months and 13 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 29 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 5.8 rounds on average.
Iwasa's last 5 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 7 months and 10 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 8 months and 20 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 51 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 10.2 rounds on average.
What time did Akhmadaliev vs Iwasa start?
The fighters were expected to ringwalk at around 6:00 PM UTC at Humo Arena, Tashkent, Uzbekistan, which was 2:00 PM EST or 11:00 AM PST on the West Coast of America, or 7:00 PM BST in the UK.
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What were the odds on Akhmadaliev vs Iwasa?
Murodjon Akhmadaliev was a 17/100 (-588) favourite going into the contest, while Ryosuke Iwasa made his way into the ring at 4/1 (+400) with oddsmakers.