Soslan Asbarov was more than ready for this huge jump up in competition.
The 30-year-old Russian beat hard-hitting cruiserweight contender Brandon Glanton by majority decision in just Asbarov’s fourth professional fight Saturday night at The Agenda in Dubai. Asbarov and Glanton fought at a fast pace throughout their 10-round bout, but Asbarov withstood the consistently aggressive Glanton’s rally in the final few rounds to beat him on two scorecards on the Jarrell Miller-Lucas Browne undercard.
Judges Andrei Cheveliov (98-92) and Gary Kitanoski (97-93) scored their fan-friendly fight for Asbarov. Judge Daniel Van de Wiele scored their closely contested battle a draw (95-95).
Moscow’s Asbarov (4-0, 1 KOs), who has also competed in bareknuckle fighting, went 10 rounds for the first time.
Atlanta’s Glanton (17-2, 14 KOs) lost a second straight bout. Australia’s David Light (20-0, 12 KOs) got up from a 10th-round knockdown and edged Glanton by split decision in their WBO elimination match December 2 at Whitesands Events Center in Plant City, Florida.
Asbarov was tired in the final few rounds, yet he still took Glanton’s flushest punches and fired back with hard shots of his own.
Glanton attacked Asbarov as soon as the 10th round began. Though backed against the ropes, Asbarov traded on the inside with Glanton.
They traded power punches throughout the final three minutes, but neither fighter could hurt his opponent.
A resurgent Asbarov began backing up Glanton in the final minute of the ninth round and landed various hard shots on him. Asbarov’s right uppercut connected just after the halfway point of the ninth round.
Glanton backed Asbarov into the ropes again about 35 seconds into the ninth round and hammered away at his head and body.
Asbarov and Glanton engaged in an entertaining exchange that began barely a minute into the eighth round. Asbarov appeared tired at the point and couldn’t keep Glanton from coming forward.
Glanton backed Asbarov into the ropes later in the eighth round and landed several left hooks.
Glanton nailed Asbarov with a right to his jaw a little less than 40 seconds into the eighth round.
Glanton provided pressure throughout the seventh round and landed on the inside. Asbarov countered him several times, though, with right uppercuts and rights to the side of Glanton’s head.
Asbarov moved Glanton backward with a right hand that connected a little less than a minute into the seventh round.
Asbarov hit Glanton with right hands twice and moved out of Glanton’s punching range with just over a minute remaining in the sixth round.
Glanton’s right hand split Asbarov’s gloves 40 seconds into the sixth round. Asbarov waved Glanton forward a few seconds later.
Asbarov’s right uppercut landed with just over 40 seconds to go in the fifth round. Asbarov landed two impactful right hands several seconds apart during the middle minute of the fifth round.
Glanton’s left hook put Asbarov on the move with 1:25 to go in the fourth round.
Asbarov’s right uppercut connected a minute into the fourth round. A left-right combination by Asbarov landed just 10 seconds into the fourth round.
Glanton and Asbarov continued to trade during a back-and-forth third round. Asbarov landed several right hands in a sequence that started with just over a minute remaining in the third round.
Asbarov drilled Glanton with a right hand with just over 20 seconds to go in the second round. Several seconds earlier, Glanton landed a left hook that made Asbarov reset his feet.
Glanton’s left hook connected and made Asbarov move away from him with 1:20 to go in the first round. Asbarov landed a flush left hook of his own with just under 40 seconds on the clock in the opening round.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.