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Who won Ward vs Kholmatov?
Otabek Kholmatov beat Thomas Patrick Ward by technical knockout in the 5th round on Saturday 4th March 2023 at Newcastle Arena in Newcastle.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 12 rounds in the Featherweight division, which meant the weight limit was 126 pounds (9 stone or 57.1 KG).
This fight appeared on the undercard of Lewis Ritson's and Ohara Davies' clash for the WBA World Super Lightweight championship.
Ward vs Kholmatov stats
Back in March 2023, Thomas Patrick Ward stepped into the ring with an undefeated record of 33 wins, zero loses and 1 draw.
Otabek Kholmatov made his way to the ring with an unblemished record of 10 wins and 0 draws.
Thomas Patrick Ward was the older man by 4 years, at 29 years old.
Kholmatov had a height advantage of 1 inch over Ward.
Both Thomas Patrick Ward & Otabek Kholmatov fought out of an orthodox stance.
Ward was the more experienced professional fighter, having had 24 more fights, and made his debut in 2012, 9 years earlier than Kholmatov, whose first professional fight was in 2021. He had fought 190 more professional rounds, 229 to Kholmatov's 39.
Thomas Patrick Ward went into the fight ranked number 1 by the WBA, 3 by the WBO and 7 by the IBF at featherweight.
Otabek Kholmatov was ranked number 2 by the WBA in the 126lb division.
Ward vs Kholmatov form
Ward had beaten 4 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 1 of them, going the distance 3 times.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had defeated Eddy Valencia on 12th June 2021 by unanimous decision in their 10 round contest at Eagles Community Arena, Tyne and Wear, United Kingdom.
Previous to that, he had drawn with Thomas Essomba on 17th October 2020 by technical draw in their 10 round contest at East of England Arena, Cambridgeshire.
Going into that contest, he had defeated Jesse Angel Hernandez on 15th February 2019 by unanimous decision in their 10 round contest at Kansas Star Arena, Kansas, United States.
Before that, he had beat Tom Tran on 13th October 2018 by knockout in the 1st round at Metro Radio Arena, Tyne and Wear, United Kingdom.
He had won against Alvaro Rodriguez on 27th July 2018 by unanimous decision in their 10 round contest at Rainton Meadows Arena, Tyne and Wear.
Ward's last 5 fights had come over a period of 4 years, 7 months and 5 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 11 months and 2 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 41 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 8.2 rounds on average.
Kholmatov's last 4 fights had come over a period of 1 year, 3 months and 22 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 3 months and 29 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 21 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 5.3 rounds on average.
What time did Ward vs Kholmatov start?
The fighters were expected to ringwalk at around 9:00 PM GMT at Newcastle Arena, Newcastle, United Kingdom, which was 4:00 PM EST or 1:00 PM PST on the West Coast of America.
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What were the odds on Ward vs Kholmatov?
Thomas Patrick Ward was a 2/1 (+200) underdog going into the contest, while Otabek Kholmatov made his way into the ring at 2/5 (-250) with oddsmakers.