Arslanbek Makhmudov Stops Michael Wallisch in Quebec

Arslanbek Makhmudov wasted no time last night in his main event heavyweight contest at the Centre Gervais Auto in Quebec Canada against Michael Wallisch. Makhmudov Jumped on Wallisch early with clubbing power punches from the opening bell and had the German fighter on the canvas three times in the first round. Upon returning to his corner, Wallisch’s team pulled him out of the fight for a retirement stoppage at 3:00 of the first round. This fight was not without controversy as numerous blows were landed on the back of the head and referee Albert Padulo Jr. did issue a warning and point deduction. It is rare to see a point deduction on the A side fighter especially in an opening round which should give readers a pretty good idea on how persistent the fouls were. It was somewhat surprising that Padulo did not break and give Wallisch time to recover though it likely would not have made a difference. This victory extends Makhmudov‘s record to 16-0 (15) as the six foot-five Russian fighting out of Quebec, Canada records his eleventh stoppage inside the first round. Wallisch falls to 23-6 (16) with all six defeats coming inside the distance. Makhmudov has won his third fight this year and is ranked fourth in the WBC and fifth in the WBA though he has not defeated anybody in either organization’s current ratings and is not ranked in the other sanctioning bodies. Makhmudov is also thirty-three years old which is not old by heavyweight standards but old for someone just breaking in and only having sixteen fights. It is clear that he delivers a devastating punch but it is unclear how he will do at the highest level given he has not stepped up. His best wins are either old veterans like Samuel Peter and Mariusz Watch or push overs like Wallisch who get knocked out every time they step up. His best win is Carlos Takam who did take him to the final bell and has been a tough out for fighters like Joe Joyce and Alexander Povetkin. There are some other good undefeated fighters in the division I would like to see him face to give us a better idea of what he is capable of in the ring. Wallisch was not that fighter last night.

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