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Who won Saunders vs Akavov?
Billy Joe Saunders beat Artur Akavov by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest on Saturday 3rd December 2016 at Lagoon Leisure Centre in Paisley.
The scorecards were announced as in favor of winner Billy Joe Saunders.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 12 rounds in the Middleweight division, which meant the weight limit was 160 pounds (11.4 stone or 72.6 KG).
This contest was for the WBO middleweight championship of the world.
Saunders vs Akavov stats
Back in December 2016, Billy Joe Saunders stepped into the ring with an undefeated record of 23 wins, zero loses and 0 draws, 12 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Artur Akavov made his way to the ring with a record of 16 wins, 1 loss and 0 draws, with 7 of those wins by knock out.
The stats suggested Saunders had a slight advantage in power over Akavov, with a 52% knock out percentage over Akavov's 44%.
Billy Joe Saunders was the younger man by 1 year, at 28 years old.
Saunders had a height advantage of 2 inches over Akavov. That also extended to a 1-inch reach advantage.
Both Billy Joe Saunders & Artur Akavov fought out of a southpaw stance.
Saunders was the more experienced professional fighter, having had 6 more fights, and made his debut in 2009, 2 years earlier than Akavov, whose first professional fight was in 2011. He had fought 78 more professional rounds, 222 to Akavov's 144.
Saunders vs Akavov form
Saunders had won 5 of his most recent fights, stopping 2 of them, going the distance 3 times.
In his last fight before this contest, he had beat Andy Lee on 19th December 2015 by majority decision in their WBO World Middleweight championship fight at Manchester Arena, Manchester, United Kingdom.
Previous to that, he had beat Yoann Bloyer on 24th July 2015 by technical knockout in the 4th round at Wembley Arena, London.
Going into that contest, he had won against Chris Eubank Jr on 29th November 2014 by split decision in their BBBOC British Middleweight and CBC Commonwealth Middleweight championship fight at ExCel Arena, London.
Before that, he had beat Emanuele Blandamura on 26th July 2014 by knockout in the 8th round at Manchester Arena, Manchester.
He had defeated John Ryder on 21st September 2013 by unanimous decision in their BBBOC British Middleweight and CBC Commonwealth Middleweight championship fight at Copper Box Arena, London.
Akavov had won 5 of his most recent fights, stopping 4 of them, going the distance once.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had won against Todd Manuel on 30th March 2016 by technical knockout in the 6th round at BB King Blues Club & Grill, New York, United States.
Previous to that, he had won against Freddy Lopez on 20th November 2015 by technical knockout in the 2nd round at Aviator Sports Complex, Brooklyn.
Going into that contest, he had defeated Michel Mothmora on 12th June 2015 by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest at A Le Coq Sports Palace, Tartu, Estonia.
Before that, he had beat David Makaradze on 21st March 2015 by technical knockout in the 7th round at Tondiraba Ice Hall, Tallinn.
He had won against Sebastian Skrzypczynski on 13th February 2015 by technical knockout in the 4th round at Ice Palace, Pskov, Russia.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Artur Akavov had been fighting more than Billy Joe Saunders.
Going to this contest, Billy Joe Saunders had last fought 11 months and 14 days ago, while Artur Akavov's last outing had been 8 months and 3 days ago.
Saunders' last 5 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 2 months and 12 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 7 months and 21 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 48 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 9.6 rounds on average.
Akavov's last 5 fights had come over a period of 1 year, 9 months and 20 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 4 months and 11 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 31 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 6.2 rounds on average.
What time did Saunders vs Akavov start?
The fighters were expected to ringwalk at around 10:00 PM GMT at Lagoon Leisure Centre, Paisley, United Kingdom, which was 5:00 PM EST or 2:00 PM PST on the West Coast of America.
Who broadcast Saunders vs Akavov?
Saunders vs Akavov was broadcast on BoxNation in the UK.
What were the odds on Saunders vs Akavov?
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