This should be a solid test for Ababiy though one he should pass in my opinion. Brandon Maddox is a good domestic fighter in the USA but generally loses when he steps up against good amateurs and prospects.
Nikita Ababiy is a powerful middleweight prospect who is slowly learning his craft. He isn’t quite as reckless as he was early in his career and actually focuses a bit on defence and combinations rather than loading up on punches. I think he has a lot of potential and at 22 has all the time in the world to get to a world title. He had a good amateur career though never went to the Olympics.
Brandon Maddox can cause fighters problems if they are slow or don’t have good fundamentals but when facing top amateurs and prospects they can generally take advantage of him having his chin high in the air and standing still after punching instead of moving to avoid counters. He throws punches with a weird stiffness sometimes and his stance and footwork are confusing to me as they seem very random.
I think Nikita Ababiy should be able to exploit the holes in Maddox’s game to knock him out in the 5th or 6th round.