Junior welterweight prospect Maxim Dadashev looks to light up Las Vegas on June 9
On June 9, junior welterweight prospect Maxim Dadashev, 10-0 (9), will step into the ring against Colombian veteran Darleys Perez, 33-3-2 (21), at the MGM Grand, in Las Vegas, Nevada, for the vacant NABF and USBA 140-pound titles.
The fight will be one of the support bouts for former two-division champion Terence Crawford challenging Australia’s newest boxing star Jeff Horn, for Horn’s WBO 147-pound title.
Dadashev, from Saint Petersburg, Russia, is living and training in Oxnard, California under the watchful eye of trainer Marco Contreras. Dadashev, who signed a promotional deal with Las Vegas-based Top Rank, is also managed by Egis Klimas, who also handles lightweight champion Vasiliy Lomachenko, whom many consider to be the best fighter in the world.
Dadashev comes into the pros after an outstanding amateur career that saw him win numerous national tournaments and titles in over 250 bouts.
While he is only 10 fights into his pro career, he is certainly stepping in against experienced opposition. In his most recent fight last March, in Carson, California, he stopped former contender Abdiel Ramirez and, in this weekend’s assignment, he will face 38-fight veteran Perez.
UCNLive.com caught up with Contreras to get his thoughts on his unbeaten charge and what he sees for him, as 2018 rolls along.
With his penchant for being a knockout artist, it’s easy to think power is the name of the game for Dadashev. However Contreras was quick to point out that there is a lot more to Dadashev.
“Style-wise, he is a technical fighter,” said Contreras. “He moves and he can box from the outside, as well as brawl if he has to. He can be hard to read because he can come at you with different angles.”
Contreras, who trains Dadashev out of the Boxing Laboratory in Oxnard, California, said, while they want to be as busy as possible, they know they have to be patient and let Top Rank do its job as a promoter.
“We want to be busy and fight a lot but we have to let Top Rank develop him and move him, as they see fit,” said Contreras. “They know how to groom their fighters and get them ready to step up to the big fights when they are ready.”
And this weekend’s opponent Perez is certainly a step up in experience and they know they have to be ready.
“It is Maxim’s first 10-rounder and he is with a very experienced guy. I know him well; he was a top lightweight contender and he is very experienced. He will be a tough fight but I know Maxim is ready for fights like this,” said Contreras.
Asked what Dadashev’s greatest strength is, Contreras was quick to answer.
“He’s a thinker in there; he is smart. He doesn’t just throw punches; he is very precise and accurate. He thinks about what he is doing in there. People look at him and think he is a skinny guy; he can’t have a lot of power. But he moves and boxes and puts pressure on you and then, boom, he catches you with something you aren’t expecting and gets you out of there,” said Contreras. “In my opinion, he’s ready for anyone at 140-pounds.”