Wednesday 1 August 2012

Medzhidov is the one to beat!

Azerbaijan super-heavyweight Magomedrasul Medzhidov proved once again why he is regarded by almost everyone that knows the sport as the No.1 super-heavyweight in the world.

The 25-year old was the first boxer to enter the ring in the super-heavyweight division and his opponent was Meji Mwamba of Congo. It was clear from the beginning that Mwamba and his team knew exactly what they were getting themselves into. They knew that were facing the most dangerous amateur fighter in the world. Mwamba started very hesitantly but it was only a matter of time before Medzhidov landed one of his explosive right hands. And that's exactly what he did. As soon as one of them did land, it sent a jolt through the Congo native's body. Once a few more landed, the referee had to step in and issue one of the first eight-counts of the tournament. The momentum did not change throughout the whole time the fight lasted, which was only one and a half rounds. It was one-way traffic throughout the whole fight. Medzhidov actually knocked the headguard off of Mwamba's head just before the referee stepped in and stopped the fight just over two minutes into the second round.

Great Britain's Anthony Joshua.
Medzhidov is the reigning world champion after he picked up the gold medal in the World Championships that were held in his home country of Azerbaijan last year. He actually beat Great Britain's biggest Olympic hopeful in the final. It was a very close fight that could have gone either way, but I think it's fair to say that the 6"3 powerful tank probably just deserved to win. Not many people had heard of Medzhidov before the Olympics had started but I think there's no doubt that most of the 10,000 fans at the Excel Arena and the thousands of people watching at home know his name now.

Personally, I think the Olympic super-heavyweight division is a two-horse race. Anthony Joshua is the only man that stands a chance of stopping the man who has looked unstoppable so far. Joshua faces a tough challenge later today against Erislandy Savon of Cuba, but if he manages to get through that, I think he's guaranteed a place in the final.

1 comment:

  1. Both should turn pro with their styles and power. Both should reach the final, hope Anthony gets revenge.