I’m glad that Velasquez is getting a big opportunity after really putting the work in throughout the last few years. He’s sprung multiple upsets and has rebounded amazingly well after a hard start to his career where he lost six times in his first twenty fights. Akhmadaliev is a great fighter who has the potential in the future to secure a spot on P4P lists in my opinion. He’s only had nine fights but is already a unified champion.
I think Akhmadaliev’s size and solid jab will end up being to much for the tough but smaller Velasquez who will likely be stopped in the second half of the fight. Velasquez has taken this fight on fairly short notice after Ronny Rios caught Covid and had to pull out of his fight with Akhmadaliev.