Top lightweight prospect Mazlum Akdeniz added to his undefeated record on Saturday night, scoring an eight round unanimous decision over Jose Guillermo Garcia at the Montreal Casino in Montreal, QC.
Akdeniz turned in a complete performance, dominating his more experienced opponent from start to finish. His straight counter left hands and uppercuts bloodied Garcia, who is to be commended for his toughness in going the distance. Akdeniz also beat the Mexican warrior at his own game, adding a varied body attack, digging vicious shots downstairs in between his accurate attack up top.
In the end, all three judges deservedly gave Akdeniz all eight rounds on the scorecards.
“He was a good, experienced fighter. That’s what I need. I’m only 21 years old, so I’m trying to get more experience. I won every round. I’m very happy about my performance,” said Akdeniz following the bout.
The hype around Akdeniz has been building as his career as a professional under the Lee Baxter Promotions banner has evolved over the past two years. The 21-year old came out of the amateurs with a considerable amount of promise, as one of the more accomplished amateurs to come out of the Canadian program in some time. In addition to winning the 2015 Ringside Championships, Akdeniz also scored a win over Jorge Moiran Vinent, becoming the first Quebec-based boxer to defeat a Cuban fighter since the legendary Jean Pascal in 2005.
Akdeniz has been remarkably busy in his pro career. He scored five wins in 2018 alone, and has picked up two more in 2019.
“(Lee Baxter) keeps me active. I’m young, I’m hungry, and I want to fight. If I have to do it again in two weeks, I will,” said Akdeniz.
In the main event of the card, Marie Eve Dicaire successfully defended her IBF super welterweight title, scoring a unanimous decision over Mikaela Lauren. In addition, all-action slugger David Theroux, scored his third consecutive victory as he defeated Juan Orozco by unanimous decision.
“We’re very excited about Mazlum’s development, but it’s certainly not a surprise. We knew he was a blue chip prospect coming out of the amateurs, and as the Kurdish-Canadian community continues to grow in its support for him, his stock is only going to keep rising,” said Baxter.
On Friday night, Roc Nations Sports Junior featherweight sensation Tramaine “The Mighty Midget” Williams (17-0, 6 KOs) earned his second win of 2019, toppling Mexico’s Ernesto Guerrero (31-27, 21 KOs) by eight round unanimous decision.
The bout, which was promoted by Granite Chin Productions, saw Williams put on a masterful boxing clinic, winning every round over tough Mexican veteran Ernesto Guerrero. With this win, Williams moves to 17-0, 6 knockouts and hopes to earn a chance at a title fight later this year.
“Once again, I come out victorious” said Williams. “Thank you to my friends, family and team for believing in me.”
“I’m happy that Tramaine got some rounds under his belt in this one, he needs it to get ready for the world class competition, which is coming soon,” said Roc Nation Sports boxing promoter Dino Duva. “This kid has a great story, and he has the potential to go all the way to the world championship, he just needs to stay focused and keep working hard. He will get his shot, and I’m confident he will make the most for it when it comes.”
Williams, fighting out of New Haven, Conn., is a former 10-time national amateur champion and at one point was ranked among the top 10 featherweights in the world. In his previous fight on February 23, 2019, after an almost year hiatus out of the ring, Williams claimed victory over Jose Rodriguez (32-9, 5 KOs) of Mexico by way of knockout at 1:19 in the first round at Genetti Manor in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.