Arslanbek Makhmudov's next opponent revealed

Arslanbek Makhmudov’s next opponent revealed


Boxer Arslanbek Makhmudov has a date with an unbeaten professional rival, as he will face Raphael Akpejiori at the Eye of the Tiger Management (EOTTM) gala scheduled for December 16 at the Center Gervais Auto in Shawinigan. 

Makhmudov (15-0-0, 14 KOs) will therefore have another good challenge to face after triumphing by unanimous decision against Carlos Takam on September 16 , claiming the WBC Silver heavyweight title in the process. Holder of the fourth world rank in his category within the World Boxing Council, the protege of EOTTM also holds the NABF and NABA belts.

However, none of this guarantees victory. Akpejiori (14-0-0, 14 KOs) is a 6'8″ Nigerian pugilist who previously attended rookie camp for the Miami Dolphins, NFL. Also, EOTTM highlighted his “impressive physical skills” and his “excellent coordination”. So far, he has succeeded in all his knockouts. in two rounds or less.

“We will have before us on December 16 two prospects who have reached the same stage in their careers and two offensive boxers who have a ratio of more than 92% of knockouts. each. It certainly represents an interesting challenge for Arslanbek and guaranteed fireworks for the boxing fans who will be present,” predicted in a press release the director of development of EOTTM and trainer of Makhmudov, Marc Ramsay.

< h3>Other duels expected 

The evening organized in Shawinigan will also allow the public to attend the International Boxing Organization's world championship fight at super-welterweight between Canadian Mary Spencer ( 7-0-0, 5 KOs) to Femke Hermans (13-4-0, 5 KOs).

For his part, Steven Butler (31-3-1 , 26 KOs) will look to continue his winning streak when he defends his NABF belt against American Joshua Conley (17-4-1, 11 KOs). Then, Simon Kean (21-1-0, 20 K.-O) will fight his first fight on ESPN + following the announcement of his co-promotion with Top Rank. Also, Alexandre Gaumont (5-0-0, 3 K.-O.), Thomas Chabot (7-0-0, 7 K.-O.), Leïla Beaudoin (7-0-0, 1 K.-O. ) and Luis Santana (7-0-0, 2 KOs) will be in action.