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Murtazaliev Overcomes Flash Knockdown, Stops Woods In 4th Round

UNCASVILLE, Connecticut – Bakhram Murtazaliev maintained his position Saturday night as the IBF’s mandatory challenger for the winner of the Jeison Rosario-Jermell Charlo fight.

Russia’s Murtazaliev overcame a flash knockdown early in the first round to beat up Manny Woods until Woods’ corner men determined they had seen enough early in the fourth round. They called for referee David Fields to stop their fight once Woods took a knee early in the fourth round.

Woods went down after taking several hard shots from Murtazaliev, including a thudding right hand to the side of his head. Their scheduled 10-round middleweight match ended 43 seconds into the fourth round.


Murtazaliev improved to 18-0 and recorded his 14th knockout. The 33-year-old Woods (16-10-1, 6 KOs), of St. Petersburg, Florida, lost by knockout for the fifth time in his past six fights.

Murtazaliev, the IBF’s number one contender at 154 pounds, fought on the non-televised portion of Showtime Pay-Per-View’s event. He was on standy to replace Jermell Charlo (33-1, 17 KOs), the WBC champ, or Rosario (20-1-1, 14 KOs), the IBF/WBA champ, in case either fighter tested positive for COVID-19 or otherwise withdrew from their main event.

Murtazaliev hammered away at Woods with rights and lefts to his head throughout the third round. Woods absorbed all of those shots without going down, but he stumbled as he headed back to his corner as soon as the third round concluded.

Woods stood and traded with Murtazaliev in the second round, but he continually came up on the short end of those exchanges. A right hand by Murtazaliev made Woods hold him, though Woods later landed a flush left hook that got Murtazaliev’s attention.

Woods connected with a left hook up top that made Murtazaliev go down less than a minute into their fight.

Murtazaliev didn’t seem hurt, as he briefly went down to one knee and quickly reached his feet. He then unloaded a left-right combination that backed up Woods later in the first round.

Those punches put Woods on the defensive for the remainder of the first round. 

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by Mammoth on 09-30-2020

Jermell's mando :pat:

Comment by Bigblackted44 on 09-30-2020

[QUOTE=Satir;20781978]Murtazaliev is a big JMW himself and hits hard, he's stronger and more skillful than banana guy, i think he has a good chance of beating Jermell[/QUOTE] Yeah the guy that just got dropped by a complete nobody. He’s green…

Comment by Satir on 09-27-2020

Murtazaliev is a big JMW himself and hits hard, he's stronger and more skillful than banana guy, i think he has a good chance of beating Jermell

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