Shakhram Giyasov drops Christian Gomez three times to win unanimous decision


LAS VEGAS — Shakhram Giyasov’s welterweight debut went well on Saturday night.

Uzbekistan’s 2016 Olympic silver medalist dropped determined Mexican Christian Gomez three times – once each in the fourth, seventh and 10th rounds – en route to winning a 10-round unanimous decision over the Canelo undercard Alvarez-Dmitry Bivol at T-Mobile Arena. Judges Lisa Giampa (99-88), David Sutherland (98-89) and Don Trella (99-88) each scored their fight for Giyasov by huge margins.

Giyasov improved to 13-0 (9 KOs). Gomez from Guadalajara went down (22-3-1, 20 KOs).

Giyasov looked like he could finally finish Gomez when he pierced Gomez with a right uppercut that sent him to the canvas about 30 seconds into the 10th and final round. Gomez came off the canvas for the third time in the fight, however, and finished their fight on his feet.

Giyasov landed two right hands seconds apart in the first minute of the ninth round.

Gomez caught Giyasov with a right hand to the side of his head seconds after the eighth round was halfway through. He landed another right hand which forced Giyasov to hold it about 25 seconds later.

A straight right hand from Gomez backed up Giyasov with 35 seconds left in round eight.

A short inside right uppercut from Giyasov sent Gomez to the canvas for the second time in their fight with just over a minute left in the seventh round. Gomez got up and buzzed Giyasov with a right hand that knocked him back just before the bell rang to end round seven.

Gomez caught Giyasov with a flush left hook 40 seconds into the sixth round. Giyasov landed a right hand with 45 seconds left in round six and snuck in another right hand seconds before the end of round six.

Gomez opened a cut around Giyasov’s left eye in the fifth round. He also blasted Giyasov with a left hook just before the end of the fifth round.

Giyasov and Gomez exchanged right hands about a minute into the fourth round. A left hook from Giyasov then knocked Gomez down in the seat of his trunk with 1:31 left in the fourth round.

A surprised Gomez got up quickly and did his best to get out of trouble.

Gomez pierced Giyasov with a left hook that caught his eye 1:15 into the third round.

Giyasov landed a forehand to the body of Gomez a minute into the second round. He connected with another hard right to Gomez’s body just before the end of the second round.

Giyasov mostly threw his jab at Gomez in the first round, but Gomez held a high, tight guard that Giyasov couldn’t penetrate.

Keith Idec is senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be contacted on Twitter @Idecboxing.

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