This is a solid bounce back fight for Melikuziev who was stopped in a shock defeat to Gabe Rosado in his last fight. Ekimov won his first 18 fights but has lost three in a row after doing that.
Ekimov is tough but doesn’t throw enough punches to be in with a chance of winning this fight in my opinion. Melikuziev is a massive puncher and should have the activity and power to see him to a victory. Melikuziev’s consistent body punching should break Ekimov down leading to a stoppage in the 7th or 8th round. I am interested too see if Melikuziev is gun shy after being stopped recently.