Unified super bantamweight champion Daniel Roman (27-2-1, 10 KOs) makes his next defense of the IBF and WBA titles on January 30th against Murodjon Akhmadaliev (7-0, 6 KOs) in Miami and he is getting prepared for this battle as he has for many of his previous fights since going on a 19 fight winning streak dating back to 2013. While in the gym, he’s worked on a few things to get ready for Akhmadaliev and states that he is familiar with what his opponent does in the ring.
“Akhmadaliev beat my teammate Isaac Zarate so I’m very familiar with him,” said Roman. “I know he’s a strong kid, an aggressive fighter, he’s hungry and he’s going to try to take me out as best he can.”
The fact that Roman has seen Akhmadaliev in action before makes him believe that he sees a few weaknesses in his opponent’s style. “He makes a few mistakes, he likes to fight with his hands down, not sure if that’s his style, but those are the flaws I see in him,” Roman explained. “Akhmadaliev might not have the experience as a pro, but he was a great Olympic amateur who won a bronze medal.”
After becoming a bronze medalist in the 2016 Olympics in Rio, Akhmadaliev has beat six of his seven opponents by knockout. He became a contender for a world title in 2018 with his win over Ramon Contreras and has stepped up his competition in each fight. This will be his first world title opportunity but Roman expects Akhmadaliev to be at his best.
“We expect Akhmadaliev to come with his best and we are not taking him lightly. His style and my style are going to make for a great bout.”
Cover photo by Melina Pizano of Matchroom Boxing USA