Artem Dalakian’s comeback in defense of his World Boxing Association (WBA) world flyweight crown was a great fight against the Costa Rican this Saturday at Wembley Arena. The Ukrainian had to work hard to win a unanimous decision on scorecards of 115-113, 115-113 and 116-112.
The champion made the sixth defense of his belt and confirmed his status as one of the best in the division after defeating a complicated opponent who did everything possible to take the belt away from him.
Dalakian knew how to work the distance against the pressure of the Central American and used his jab well, in addition to nullifying the short distance boxing that the challenger tried to implement. His right uppercut and left hook were great weapons to combine with his jab and in the end he was able to pull out a good win on the scorecards.
Jimenez did everything a challenger should do in the ring but fell just short of his goal. He pressed throughout the fight, threw a high volume of punches and withstood Dalakian’s counter attacks, but in the end it was not enough to win.
With the victory, Dalakian reaches 22 in his career, 15 of them by knockout. In the case of Jimenez, he now has 12 wins, 1 loss and 9 knockouts.