Humo Arena, Tashkent - In a battle of two heavyweight sluggers, possessed with some considerable power, 2019 world amateur champion and 2020 Asian Olympic qualifier winner Bakhodir Jalolov (8-0, 8 KOs) stopped Latvian Kristaps Zutis (7-2-2, 7 KOs) at 1:16 of the second round.
Both fighters haven’t heard final bell in their respective wins, Zutis getting all of his previous victories inside a single round. That wasn’t the case tonight.
6’7’’ Jalolov, 26, measured his Latvian opponent well with a southpaw right jab before delivering several hard left shots in the first round. The big Uzbek waited for no time to land damaging blows to Zutis in the second, putting him down really fast. Zutis went on only to be knocked down hard again - this time by a right hook. The referee stopped the fight without a count.
Debuting featherweight and local amateur star Mirazizbek Mirzakhalilov had way too much talent for Tasha “The Talent Killer” Mjuaji, destroying him in 137 seconds.
Mirzakhalilov dropped Tanzanian Mjuaji down with a right hook / left hook combination. What appeared to be a second knockdown was rulled a slip by referee Sergey Litunov before Mirzakhalilov (1-0, 1KO) closed the show. A jab, left hook combo floored. Mjuaji (17-8-2, 5 KOs) for the full ten count at 2:17 of round one.
Both fights served in supporting capacity to unified WBA/IBF junior featherweight champion Murodjon 'MJ' Akhmadaliev (8-0, 6KOs) in a mandatory title defense versus Japan's Ryosuke Iwasa (27-3, 17KOs).