A dominant, relentless performance from Janibek Alimkhanuly forced the referee to call an early end to the star boxer’s bout with Hassan N’Dam – despite the optimistic Cameroonian declaring he was “prepared to die” during the fight.
Alimkhanuly, a 2016 Olympian that finished with a stunning 300-8 amateur record, made a statement on Sunday afternoon (AEDT) during the undercard of the Terence Crawford-Shawn Porter pay-per-view, comprehensively beating down N’Dam across several rounds to claim the seventh knockout win and improve his professional record to 11-0.
The Kazakhstan native knocked N’Dam to the canvas during the closing stages of the third round then carried that momentum for the rest of the fight.
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Alimkhanuly, 28, then landed a series of blows late in the eighth round, prompting referee Kenny Bayless to step between the boxers and call off the fight.
But as Bayliss halted the action, an optimistic N’Dam, 37, insisted the fight continue, declaring: “No, no, no. I’m ready to die.”
As The Athletic’s Greg Rosenstein tweeted: “This is why we have referees and trainers willing to throw in a towel.”
N’Dam slipped to 38-6 (21 KOs). It was just the third time he’d lost inside 10 rounds in his 17-year pro career.