BY: Richard Quiñones (Journeymen Boxing) Anatoliy Alkhzov moved into the semis of the 152lb novice division in the New Jersey Golden Gloves tournament by using solid footwork late against Steven Moore in a slow-paced bout Saturday at Ike Williams Boxing Academy in Trenton, New Jersey.
The opening round, was more of a feeling out process for both boxers, as Alkhazov tried to create distance with his right jab. There were several times in the first round, where Moore tried to get inside but was forced to tie up the stronger Alkhazov. The rest of the round was more about who could grab and clinch the most.
Moore did take some chances by tying to get inside, but it paid off because Alkhazov was not able to cleanly touch him up.
However, in the second round, Alkhazov’ footwork and his ability to be first with his jab started to pay off. He caught Moore moving into his counter straight left hands midway through the stanza. Moore, though, was able to land some shots late in the round, highlighted by a nice combination to the body.
JMB scored round two in favor of Moore, because he was more active.
Alkhazov was content with lunging and throwing one punch at a time in the final round, but because of Moore’s reluctance to let his hands go, it did not hurt him on the judges scorecards.
He also started to catch Moore guessing a bit.
“Yeah, it gave him some issues right off the bat,” said the 22-year-old Alkhazov when discussing his southpaw stance.
The Brick City Hitters’ product seemed confused against the southpaw and started to question his punches. He was timid when it came to throwing his hands and that hurt him in the fight.
JMB split the first two rounds, and in the third it was a clear case of Moore’s inability land punches, and Alkhazov’ ability to move around well and show some late ring generalship.