Saturday, February 14, 2015

Akhror Muralimov vs. Derrick Rossy
Feb. 14, 2015, Resort World Casino, Queens, NY
TV: CBS Sports

By Peter Lim

Akhror Muralimov (16-0, 13 KOs) might look like a chubbier, somewhat clumsier version of Mike Tyson and Derrick Rossy (29-9, 14 KOs) like a lesser version of Buster Douglas, but there will be no upset here. While the six-foot-three Rossy, 34, sports a three-and-a-half inch height advantage, Muralimov, 27, has dealt with taller fighters his entire career. Muralimov's extensive amateur career in Uzbekistan has fomented solid fundamentals and astute ring generalship which will come into play in this bout. It will take him a couple of rounds to figure Rossy out, but Muralimov will close the distance, break him down with short punches and eventually stop him somewhere between rounds six and eight.

Had I known Muralimov would show up in such grotesque shape, I would not have made that prediction. My fault for not checking the weights.

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