By Francisco Salazar
INGLEWOOD – In the opening bout of the Matchroom Boxing card, junior featherweight contender Murodjon Akhmadaliev battered Carlos Carlson before the fight was stopped in round three.
Akhmadaliev (6-0, 5 knockouts), who signed a co-promotional deal with Matchroom earlier this week, dominated Carlson, a former world bantamweight title challenger. Akhmadeliev broke Carlson down until the Tijuana, Mexico resident went down near the end of the third round. Referee Jerry Cantu immediately stopped the bout at 2:51.
The 24-year-old Akhmadaliev, who is co-managed by Vadim Kornilov and Alik Frolov, is the mandatory challenger to the WBA junior featherweight title. He is trained by Joel Diaz.
Carlson drops to 23-6, 14 KOs.
Francisco A. Salazar has written for Boxingscene.com since September of 2012 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (California) Star. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing .