Akhmadaliev stops Iwasa, retains IBF, WBA super bantamweight titles in Uzbekistan
Apr 04, 2021 13:35 pm
Apr 03, 2021 10:20 am
Both International Boxing Federation super bantamweight and World Boxing Association ‘’super’’ champion in the division Murodjon Akhmadaliev of Uzbekistan and IBF interim champion Ryosuke Iwasa of Celes Boxing Sports Gym cleared weigh-ins on Apr. 2 for the title match to be held on Apr. 3 (Apr. 4 Japan time) in Uzbekistan’s capital Tashkent.
The 26-year-old Akhmadaliev tipped the scales at 55.0 kgs (121.2 pounds) while the 31-year-old Iwasa weighed in at 55.2 kgs (121.7 lbs.), both clearing the 55.3 kgs (122 lbs) weight limit.
Akhmadaliev is undefeated in his eight professional bouts, including six knockouts. Left-handed Akhmadaliev was the bronze medalist at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics in Brazil.
For his part, Iwasa, also a southpaw, has a 27-3 win-loss record with 17 KOs.
It will be Akhmadaliev’s first defense of the titles he captured by decisioning Daniel Roman of the United States in January 2020. Meanwhile, it will be Iwasa’s first bout since he won the IBF interim title with a technical knockout over Marlon Tapales of the Philippines in December 2019.
The scheduled 12-rounder will be held at multifunctional ice complex Humo Arena. Photo by Celes Boxing Gym