Giyasov survives scare from Taylor to win decision

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Former Olympic silver medalist Shakhram Giyasov got hurt a couple times, but came through against Emanuel Taylor.

Shakhram Giyasov, the Uzbek junior welterweight prospect and 2016 Olympic silver medalist, just signed a co-promotional deal with Matchroom Boxing. There were some touchy moments early in his first outing under that deal, but Giyasov pulled through with a decision win over Emanuel Taylor.

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Giyasov won the fight on scores of 97-93, 99-91, and 99-91, the wider cards certainly far too wide and not really telling the story of the fight at all. Bad Left Hook had the fight even, 95-95.

Taylor (20-6, 14 KO) hadn’t fought since May 2017, when he was stopped in five by Lucas Matthysse, but the Maryland fighter has always been a pretty tough opponent, if never quite able to get over the thump. The 28-year-old Taylor hurt Giyasov (8-0, 6 KO) in the first and again in the fourth. Giyasov was able to hold on both times and survive the rounds, and got in some mugging, to boot.

But trainer Joel Diaz shot him straight in the corner, and Giyasov settled in a bit in the middle rounds. The latter rounds were generally close, with Taylor stunned a bit in the ninth round, but fighting well to close in the 10th and final round. The fight was very competitive, and showed us a couple things: Giyasov, 25, can survive danger, yes, but he’s not ready for a fast track to big fights at 140, either. There’s still learning for him to do in the pro ranks.

Other results

  • 18-year-old middleweight Diego Pacheco improved to 3-0 (2 KO) with a nasty first round knockout of Guillermo Maldonado (1-1, 0 KO). This was a hometown fight for Pacheco, whose first two pro bouts in December and February were in Tijuana.

  • Middleweight Austin Williams made a successful pro debut, stopping Joel Guevara (3-5-1, 2 KO) at 2:06 of the first round. Williams turns 23 next Friday.

  • Super bantamweight prospect/contender Murodjon Akhmadaliev, who signed with Matchroom alongside Giyasov, had a stay-busy fight at featherweight, stopping Carlos Carlson (23-6, 14 KO) at 2:51 of the third round. Akhmadaliev is in line for a shot at the winner of tonight’s Daniel Roman-TJ Doheny title unification fight.

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