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Raymond Ford vs. Otabek Kholmatov Ends in Last Round KO

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Raymond Ford (15-0-1, 8 KOs) ended up being the brand-new WBA featherweight champ with a twelfth-round blockage versus Otabek Kholmatov (12-1, 11 KOs)

The battle headlined an occasion at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, NY. Top Rank promoted the card that aired totally on ESPN+ in the United States. With the win, Ford ends up being the current featherweight titlist.

Raymond Ford vs. Otabek Kholmatov: Dramatic Last-Round Stoppage

Raymond Ford Earns Late Stoppage Win

Most of the opening round saw both fighters being tentative. The punches of note in the very first originated from Kholmatov. Early on, the Uzbek developed himself as the more effective fighter with a number of shots that buzzed Ford. Round 4 saw “Savage” press forward and have success of his own.

It was this tactical modification – that saw Ford control a few of the middle and late rounds. Kholmatov’s power started to have less effect with Ford pressing forward. As an outcome, the battle ended up being more of a tactical affair.

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A headbutt triggered blood to put listed below the eye of Ford in the l lth round. Despite this, the American continued to press forward in round 12 and was rewarded for it. A barrage of punches sent out Kholmatov to the ropes and Ford continued to toss till referee Charlie Fitch ended the battle at the 2:53 mark.

The blockage showed to be important. Kholmatov was ahead with ratings of 106-103 on 2 of the judge’s scorecards. The 3rd judge had it 105-104 for Ford entering into round 12.

Post-Fight Comments

“I didn’t even hear him say ‘And New.’ I was just so in the moment. This is a blessing.

“My coach told me to bring that dog out. We knew we were coming into their territory. This wasn’t under our promotion. But we had to dig deep. The whole time in the corner, I kept telling myself, ‘I’m going to stop him.’ I felt him breaking down as the rounds went on.

“I started off a little slow. I felt I didn’t really have the energy and the legs to be the sharper boxer I know I can be. That was due to a tough weight cut. So, this may be my last fight at 126. Then, we’ll go up to 130 and call out the champions there.

“I knew I had to stop him. The rounds were too close. I just had to bring that dog out that my coaches were talking about. I always knew I had it in me. I come from a rough background. There’s nothing that can stop me. Ever.”

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