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Who won Melikuziev vs Ekimov?
Bektemir Melikuziev beat Sergei Ekimov by unanimous decision in their 8 round contest on Friday 17th December 2021 at Tashkent in Tashkent.
The scorecards were announced as 80-71, 80-71, 80-72 in favor of winner Bektemir Melikuziev.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 8 rounds in the Light Heavyweight division, which meant the weight limit was 175 pounds (12.5 stone or 79.4 KG).
This fight appeared on the undercard of Israil Madrimov beating Michel Soro for the WBA World Super Welterweight championship. Also, on the undercard Shakhram Giyasov beat Cristian Rafael Coria.
Melikuziev vs Ekimov stats
Bektemir Melikuziev stepped into the ring with a record of 7 wins, 1 loss and 0 draws, 6 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Sergei Ekimov made his way to the ring with an unblemished record of 18 wins and 0 draws, with 9 of those by knock out.
The stats suggested Melikuziev had a massive power advantage over Ekimov, boosting at 86% knock out percentage over Ekimov's 50%.
Bektemir Melikuziev was the younger man by 10 years, at 26 years old.
Ekimov had a height advantage of 3 inches over Melikuziev.
Bektemir Melikuziev fought out of the southpaw stance, while Sergei Ekimov was an orthodox fighter.
Melikuziev was the less experienced professional fighter, having had 10 less fights, and made his debut in 2019, 9 year and 8 months later than Ekimov, whose first professional fight was in 2009. He had fought 57 less professional rounds, 36 to Ekimov's 93.
Melikuziev vs Ekimov form
Melikuziev had beaten 4 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 3 of them, going the distance once.
In his last fight before this contest, he had lost to Gabriel Rosado on 19th June 2021 by knockout in the 3rd round at Don Haskins Center, Texas, United States.
Previous to that, he had beat Morgan Fitch on 13th February 2021 by knockout in the 3rd round at Fantasy Springs Casino, California.
Going into that contest, he had won against Alan Campa on 30th October 2020 by knockout in the 3rd round at Fantasy Springs Casino, California.
Before that, he had beat Oscar Cortes on 14th February 2020 by knockout in the 1st round at Honda Center, California.
He had defeated Vaughn Alexander on 13th December 2019 by unanimous decision in their 10 round contest at Fantasy Springs Casino, California.
Melikuziev's last 5 fights had come over a period of 2 years, 5 months and 9 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 5 months and 27 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 20 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 4 rounds on average.
What time did Melikuziev vs Ekimov start?
The fighters were expected to ringwalk at around 9:00 PM UTC at Tashkent, Tashkent, Uzbekistan, which was 4:00 PM EST or 1:00 PM PST on the West Coast of America, or 9:00 PM GMT in the UK.
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What were the odds on Melikuziev vs Ekimov?
Bektemir Melikuziev was a (+100) underdog going into the contest, while Sergei Ekimov made his way into the ring at (+100) with oddsmakers.