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Who won Akhmadaliev vs Velasquez?
Murodjon Akhmadaliev beat Jose Velasquez by unanimous decision on Friday 19th November 2021 at SNHU Arena in New Hampshire.
The scorecards were announced as 119-111, 119-111, 119-111 in favor of winner Murodjon Akhmadaliev.
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 Demetrius Andrade beating Jason Quigley for the WBO World Middleweight championship. Also, on the undercard Julio Cesar Martinez beat McWilliams Arroyo for the WBC World Flyweight belt and Kali Reis defeated Jessica Camara.
Akhmadaliev vs Velasquez stats
Murodjon Akhmadaliev stepped into the ring with an undefeated record of 9 wins, zero loses and 0 draws, 7 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Jose Velasquez made his way to the ring with a record of 29 wins, 6 loses and 2 draws, with 19 of those wins by knock out.
The stats suggested Akhmadaliev had advantage in power over Velasquez, with a 78% knock out percentage over Velasquez's 66%.
Murodjon Akhmadaliev was the younger man by 4 years, at 27 years old.
Akhmadaliev had a height advantage of 2 inches over Velasquez.
Murodjon Akhmadaliev fought out of the southpaw stance, while Jose Velasquez was an orthodox fighter.
Akhmadaliev was the less experienced professional fighter, having had 28 less fights, and made his debut in 2018, 5 year and 1 month later than Velasquez, whose first professional fight was in 2013. He had fought 195 less professional rounds, 45 to Velasquez's 240.
Jose Velasquez was ranked number 8 by the IBF in the 122lb division.
Akhmadaliev vs Velasquez form
Akhmadaliev remained undefeated as a professional, stopping 4 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had won against 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.
Previous to that, 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.
Going into that contest, he had beat Wilner Soto on 13th September 2019 by technical knockout in the 4th round at Madison Square Garden, New York.
Before that, he had defeated Carlos Carlson on 26th April 2019 by knockout in the 3rd round at Forum, Inglewood.
He had won against Isaac Zarate on 24th November 2018 by technical knockout in the 9th round at Mark G. Etess Arena, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, New Jersey.
Akhmadaliev's last 5 fights had come over a period of 3 years and 6 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 7 months and 8 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 33 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 6.6 rounds on average.
What time did Akhmadaliev vs Velasquez start?
The fighters were expected to ringwalk at around 9:00 PM EST / 6:00 PM PST at SNHU Arena, New Hampshire, United States, which was around 2:00 AM GMT in the UK.
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What were the odds on Akhmadaliev vs Velasquez?
Murodjon Akhmadaliev was a (+100) underdog going into the contest, while Jose Velasquez made his way into the ring at (+100) with oddsmakers.