Of Ken Hissner: At the Montreal Casino, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Friday via ESPN+ Camille Estephan (Eye of the Tiger Management) presented in the Main Event North American Boxing Association and Federation Heavyweight champion Arslanbek “Lion” Makhmudov defended his titles, scoring a pair knockdowns, but former IBF Inter-Continental champion Carlos Takam more than held his own for the vacant IBF Inter-Continental title over ten rounds.
In the Main Event, NABA and NABF Heavy Champion Arslanbek “Lion” Makhmudov, 15-0 (14), #263.3, of Russia and Montreal Quebec, CAN, defeated former WBC Silver Champion Carlos Takam, 39-7-1 (28) , #261.4, of Cameroon and Henderson, NV, over ten rounds scoring a pair of knockdowns.
Twenty seconds into the first round, Makhmudov dropped Takam with a right to the chin, receiving an 8 count from referee Michael Griffin, but was able to make it to the end of the round. In the second and third rounds, Takam seemed to weather the storm from the knockdown, scoring well in the third.
In the fourth round, Takam did well enough to take the round, working Makhmudov with some wild punches. In the fifth round, Takam looked to have the much larger Makhmudov frustrated.
In the last seconds of the sixth round, an overhand right on the chin from Takam Makhmudov paralyzed. In the final seconds of the seventh round, Takam missed a right, ending up in the ropes as Makhmudov landed right next to his head, dropping him for an 8 count from referee Griffin.
In the eighth round, Makhmudov was warned for rough tactics by referee Griffin. In the ninth round, Takam continued to outwork the much larger Makhmudov.
In the tenth and final round, a right from Takam to the chin of Makhmodov stopped the latter twenty seconds into the round. Takam looked to take advantage of the undefeated Russian.
Scores were 96-92, 97-91 and 96-92, with this writer 94-94.
NABF middleweight champion Steven “Bang Bang” Butler, 31-3-1 (26), #160, of Montreal, CAN, stopped southpaw Mark “The Bazooka” DeLuca, 28-4 (16), #159, of Whitman, MASS 1 :59 of the second round of ten scheduled rounds.
In the first round, Butler had a lead. Halfway through the second round, Butler landed a couple of rights to the chin and down went DeLuca for an 8 count by referee Steve St. Germain. When he stood up, he was on shaky legs, and Judge Germain wisely stopped.
Featherweight southpaw Martine Vallieres Bisson, 5-2 (1), #124.5, of Ville Lemoyne, Quebec, CAN, lost to Emma “Valkyria” Gongora, 5-2 (0), #124.8, of Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhone , FR, over 6×2 rounds.
In the second round, a right from Gongora Bisson escaped for an 8 count by referee Martin Forest. In the third round, after three warnings for hitting behind the head, Gongora lost a point.
In the fourth and fifth rounds, Gongora bled from the nose, but had two good rounds. In the sixth and final round, Gongora controlled but was deducted another point by Referee Forest, which was questionable.
The score was 57-54 twice and 58-54 with 57-53 from the writer.
Super Feather southpaw Thomas “The Ghost” Chabot, 7-0 (7), #127.8, of Thetford Mines, Quebec, CAN, stopped Armando Ramirez, 3-2 (0), #126, of El Grullo, Jalisco, MEX, at 1:24 of the second round of a schedule 6 rounds with three knockdowns.
In the first round, Chabot landed a solid left to the body with one minute remaining for an 8 count from referee Martin Forest. In the second round, after a minute, a combination to the body from Chabot Ramirez landed for an 8 count from referee Forest. Half a minute later, a left from Chabot fell to the body of Ramirez again, forcing referee Forest to wave it off.
Super Featherweight Jean Gardy Francois, 3-0 (2), #129.2, of Montreal, Quebec, CAN, defeated southpaw Andres Sanchez Ramirez, 4-5-3 (2), #129.2, of Gomez Palacio, Durango, MEX, over four rounds.
In the first round, Francois had swelling under his left eye when both of them let it out. In the second half, the swelling opened up for a small cut from Francois in two tight rounds.
In the third round, Francois began to bleed from the nose in another close round. In the fourth and final round, Francois injured Ramirez halfway through the round, causing him to stagger from a right on the chin.
The score was 40-36 twice and 39-37, as was this writer.
Welter Hamza “Taz” Khabbaz, 5-0 (1), #146.6, of Montreal, Quebec, CAN, defeated Jose “Tacho” Gutierrez Bolanos, 2-6 (0), #146.8, of Mexico City, over four rounds.
In the first two rounds, both came out with blows from the start, with Khabbaz coming out and landing the shorter Bolanos with mostly head shots.
In the third and fourth rounds, Bolanos continued to come forward, showing a lot of determination while taking many punches on the chin, with Khabbaz hitting a shutout. Judge was Albert Junior Padulo.
The score was a whopping 40-36, along with this writer.