Wembley (SSE) Arena, London, United Kingdom
Tape rankings @ Heavyweight
Who won Bakole vs Kuzmin?
Martin Bakole Ilunga beat Sergey Kuzmin by unanimous decision in their 10 round contest on Saturday 12th December 2020 at Wembley (SSE) Arena in London.
The scorecards were announced as 96-94, 98-92, 97-93 in favor of winner Martin Bakole Ilunga.
The fight took place over 10 rounds in the Heavyweight division, which meant there was no weight limit.
Bakole vs Kuzmin stats
Martin Bakole Ilunga stepped into the ring with a record of 15 wins, 1 loss and 0 draws, 12 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Sergey Kuzmin made his way to the ring with a record of 15 wins, 1 loss and 0 draws, with 11 of those wins by knock out.
The stats suggested Bakole had a slight advantage in power over Kuzmin, with a 80% knock out percentage over Kuzmin's 73%.
Martin Bakole Ilunga was the younger man by 6 years, at 27 years old.
Kuzmin had a height advantage of 1 inch over Bakole.
Both Martin Bakole Ilunga & Sergey Kuzmin fought out of an orthodox stance.
Bakole was arguably the less experienced fighter, having had the same amount of fights, and made his debut in 2014, 8 months earlier than Kuzmin, whose first professional fight was in 2014. He had fought 33 less professional rounds, 62 to Kuzmin's 95.
Sergey Kuzmin was ranked number 13 by the WBA in the heavyweight division.
Bakole vs Kuzmin form
Martin Bakole Ilunga had stopped 4 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had defeated Rodney Hernandez on 2nd November 2019 by technical knockout in the 2nd round at Manchester Arena, Lancashire, United Kingdom.
Previous to that, he had defeated Kevin Johnson on 19th October 2019 by technical knockout in the 5th round at Newcastle Arena, Tyne and Wear.
Going into that contest, he had beat Ytalo Perea on 2nd August 2019 by technical knockout in the 1st round at Exhibition Centre, Liverpool.
Before that, he had won against Mariusz Wach on 6th April 2019 by technical knockout in the 8th round at Spodek, Katowice, Poland.
He had been beaten by Michael Hunter on 13th October 2018 by technical knockout in the 10th round at York Hall, London, United Kingdom.
Kuzmin had beaten 3 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 2 of them, going the distance once.
In his last fight before this contest, he had lost to Michael Hunter on 13th September 2019 by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest at Madison Square Garden, New York, United States.
Previous to that, he had beat Joey Dawejko on 9th March 2019 by majority decision in their 10 round contest at Turning Stone Resort & Casino, New York.
Going into that contest, he had defeated David Price on 22nd September 2018 by technical knockout in the 4th round at Wembley Stadium, London, United Kingdom.
Before that, he had won against Jeremiah Karpency on 21st April 2018 by knockout in the 6th round at Kings Theatre, New York, United States.
He had won against Amir Mansour on 27th November 2017 by knockout at Luzhniki, Moscow, Russia.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Martin Bakole Ilunga had been fighting more than Sergey Kuzmin.
Going to this contest, Martin Bakole Ilunga had last fought 1 year, 2 months and 25 days ago, while Sergey Kuzmin's last outing had been 1 year, 4 months and 14 days ago.
Bakole's last 5 fights had come over a period of 1 year and 20 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 3 months and 6 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 26 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 5.2 rounds on average.
Kuzmin's last 5 fights had come over a period of 1 year, 9 months and 17 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 5 months and 12 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 44 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 8.8 rounds on average.
What time did Bakole vs Kuzmin start?
The fighters were expected to ringwalk at around 8:00 pm GMT at Wembley (SSE) Arena, London, United Kingdom, which was 3:00 pm EST or 12:00 pm PST on the West Coast of America.
Who broadcast Bakole vs Kuzmin?
Bakole vs Kuzmin was broadcast on Sky Box Office HD in the UK, while the fight was broadcast in the United States by DAZN.