Maliek Montgomery Claims First Career Decision Win Over Aleem Jumakhonov
Maliek Montgomery beat Aleem Jumakhonov via unanimous decision on Sunday night at Mechanics Bank Arena in Bakersfield, California.
This was the 26-year-old’s first bout that went past the fourth round. He had won all 10 of his past fights via knockout before the Sunday fight.
Not only Montgomery went all out for the 10-round fight, but he also demonstrated he can outbox his opponents until the last round, thanks to his sublime conditioning.
Judges scored the eighth, ninth and 10th round 100-90, 98-92 and 99-91 in the winner’s favor.
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According to the CompuBox, Montgomery registered twice more connections as Jumakhonov (339-of-973 to 185-of-864).
Jumakhonov, 28, showed grit but his lack of attacking intent cost him another match. Although, he is yet to be knocked out in his career, but his record has slipped to 9-4-2 (5 KOs).
It was Montgomery’s left-right combo that kept hurting Jumakhonov, especially in the final rounds.
In the tenth round, Montgomery’s left hook seemed to have jolted Jumakhonov backward. In the eighth round, the referee asked the ringside doctor to examine Jumakhonov after the 28-year-old absorbed the flusher punches. However, Jumakhonov seemed unhurt.
The Tajikistan boxer wobbled Montgomery with a right hand with merely 20 seconds left into the ninth round.