Lem Satterfield

Abdusalamov on Martinez-Murray card

Unbeaten Russian heavyweight Magomed “Mago” Abdusalamov will pursue his 18th knockout in as many victories on April 27 against Argentina’s Sebastian Ceballos in Buenos Aires, Argentina, his promoter, Sampson Lewkowicz, announced on Monday.

Abdusalamov is coming off last Friday night’s fifth-round stoppage of former Olympian Victor Bisbal (21-2, 15 KOs), ending his run of 16 straight wins with 11 stoppage victories.

Abdusalamov will face Ceballos (33-7-2, 25 KOs) on the undercard of a bout featuring RING middleweight champion Sergio Martinez (50-2-2, 28 KOs) against British contender Martin Murray (25-0-1, 11 KOs) on HBO.

A 31-year-old, 6-foot-3 southpaw, Abdusalamov weighed 226 pounds versus the 245-pound Bisbal.

“Mago is too strong for anyone to handle. It is only a matter of time before he catches up to anyone we put in front of him. Victor Bisbal fought well for the first four rounds. But to keep Mago off of you, you have to burn too much energy and eventually you slow down and that’s when his power will end the fight,” said Lewkowicz.

“Mago is taking all challengers. He was invited to come to Argentina and fight one of their heavyweight prospects, so that’s what he’ll do. He is fearless and willing to go anywhere and fight any time. That’s why he’ll be champion someday soon. He is exactly what the division needs: a power puncher willing to fight anyone.”

Co-promoted by Lou DiBella, the card will also include Argentina’s Luis Carlos Abregu (34-1, 28 KOs) against Canadian Antonin Decarie (27-1, 8 KOs) in a welterweight matchup, as well as Argentina’s Claudia Lopez (22-6, 5 KOs) against Dahiana Santana (31-6, 14 Kos), of the Dominican Republic, in an IBF female featherweight title bout.

Bantamweights Damian Marchiano (18-9-1, 7 KOs), of Argentina, and Kiko Martinez (27-4, 19 KOs), of Spain, and junior bantamweights Diego Pichardo (8-3, 3 KOs), of Argentina, and Ivan Ruiz (8-1-1, 3 KOs), of Spain, will also clash.

“We want the world to see the next heavyweight champion,” said Abdusalamov’s manager, Boris Grinberg. “So we’re very thankful for the opportunity to go to South America for our next big victory.”


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