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Who won Akhmadaliev vs Rios?
Murodjon Akhmadaliev beat Ronny Rios by technical knockout in the 12th round on Saturday 25th June 2022 at Tech Port Arena in Texas.
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.
This fight appeared on the undercard of Jesse ‘Bam’ Rodriguez beating Srisaket Sor Rungvisai for the WBC World Super Flyweight championship. Also, on the undercard Raymond Ford beat Richard Medina and Jessica McCaskill defeated Alma Ibarra.
Akhmadaliev vs Rios stats
Murodjon Akhmadaliev stepped into the ring with an undefeated record of 10 wins, zero loses and 0 draws, 7 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Ronny Rios made his way to the ring with a record of 33 wins, 3 loses and 0 draws, with 16 of those wins by knock out.
The stats suggested Akhmadaliev had a large advantage in power over Rios, boosting at 70% knock out percentage over Rios' 48%.
Murodjon Akhmadaliev was the younger man by 5 years, at 27 years old.
Rios had a height advantage of 2 inches over Akhmadaliev. Despite this, he had 1-inch reach advantage.
Murodjon Akhmadaliev fought out of the southpaw stance, while Ronny Rios was an orthodox fighter.
Akhmadaliev was the less experienced professional fighter, having had 26 less fights, and made his debut in 2018, 9 year and 4 months later than Rios, whose first professional fight was in 2008. He had fought 160 less professional rounds, 69 to Rios' 229.
Ronny Rios was ranked number 1 by the WBA and 4 by the IBF in the 122lb division.
Akhmadaliev vs Rios form
Akhmadaliev remained undefeated as a professional, stopping 3 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had beat Jose Velasquez on 19th November 2021 by unanimous decision in their WBA Super World Super Bantamweight and IBF World Junior Featherweight championship fight at SNHU Arena, New Hampshire, United States.
Previous to that, he had beat Ryosuke Iwasa on 3rd April 2021 by technical knockout in the 5th round in their WBA Super World Super Bantamweight and IBF World Junior Featherweight championship fight at Humo Arena, Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
Going into that contest, he had won against 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.
Before that, he had beat Wilner Soto on 13th September 2019 by technical knockout in the 4th round at Madison Square Garden, New York.
He had defeated Carlos Carlson on 26th April 2019 by knockout in the 3rd round at Forum, Inglewood.
Rios 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 won against Oscar Negrete on 13th February 2021 by unanimous decision in their 10 round contest at Fantasy Springs Casino, California, United States.
Previous to that, he had won against Diego De La Hoya on 13th July 2019 by knockout in the 6th round in their WBA Interim World Featherweight championship fight at Dignity Health Sports Park, California.
Going into that contest, he had defeated Daniel Olea on 26th April 2019 by technical knockout in the 5th round at Forum, Inglewood.
Before that, he had been beaten by Azat Hovhannisyan on 9th March 2018 by knockout in the 6th round at The Hangar, California.
He had beat Deivi Julio Bassa on 2nd December 2017 by unanimous decision in their 10 round contest at Madison Square Garden, New York.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Murodjon Akhmadaliev had been fighting more than Ronny Rios.
Going to this contest, Murodjon Akhmadaliev had last fought 7 months and 8 days ago, while Ronny Rios' last outing had been 1 year, 4 months and 14 days ago.
Akhmadaliev's last 5 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 2 months and 1 day, meaning he had been fighting on average every 7 months and 19 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 36 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 7.2 rounds on average.
Rios' last 5 fights had come over a period of 4 years, 6 months and 25 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 10 months and 29 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 37 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 7.4 rounds on average.
What time did Akhmadaliev vs Rios start?
The fighters were expected to ringwalk at around 10:00 PM EST / 7:00 PM PST at Tech Port Arena, Texas, United States, which was around 3:00 AM BST in the UK.
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What were the odds on Akhmadaliev vs Rios?
Murodjon Akhmadaliev was a 13/100 (-769) favourite going into the contest, while Ronny Rios made his way into the ring at 11/2 (+550) with oddsmakers.