Obara was on the brink of being knocked out in the 10th round if he had been getting hit with a lot of hard shots by Abdukakhorov. Somehow, Obara remained vertical and was able to help it out of this round.
Abdukakhorov earned the career the effortless way in beating the recently knocked-out Obara by hitting him with a massive number of shots. Abdukakhorov’s lack of power and hand speed made it feasible for Obara to stay upright to the close of the struggle despite having struck lots.
Fighting on the undercard of Oleksander Gvozdyk vs. Doudou Ngumbu on ESPN, Abdukakhorov, 25, pounded a decision win by the dozens 118-110, 117-111 and 115-111. Boxing News 2 4 scored it for Abdukakhorov by the dent 118-110. Competitive, this struggle had not been. Abdukakhorov beat the hapless Obara such as a drum for 1 2 one-sided rounds.
The struggle happened at the 2300 Arena, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This had been mostly one-sided apart from an occasional weak shot thrown back by Obara. It’therefore uncertain why the International Boxing Federation’d Abdukakhorov fighting Obara, since he had been pumped out in the next round last year in April from Alvin Lagumbay. One could think that Obara’s recent loss to Lagumbay should have eliminated him from being considered for an IBF title eliminator against Abdukakhorov, however, the IBF still resisted the contest.
Even the Malaysia based Abdukakhorov, who was born in Uzbekistan, hit on Obara with everything but the drain, but he couldn’t even hurt him thanks to his lack of hitting electricity. Abdukakhorov is a good standard fighter, however he lacks punching power. Spence is going to have a huge advantage in talent and power over Abdukakhorov once the 2 eventually face each other. The IBF will probably be ordering that struggle soon. Spence will be better off shooting the WBC belt out of Shawn Porter, also dumping the IBF name so that he doesn’t even get tied making defenses against guys that bring nothing to the table.
This isn’t exactly the very first time Obara was involved with a world title eliminator. Three years ago, he battled Eduard Troyanovsky within an IBF title eliminator, also has been phased out in the 2nd circular. With Obara losing poorly to Abdukakhorov, you have to wonder how a lot more opportunities he’will get. It would have been nice to see someone else get a chance like Jessie Vargas, Alexander Besputin or Bakhtiyar Eyubov.