On Saturday, June 17, 2017, Luis Arias (18-0, 9 KOs) took on Arif Magomedov (18-2, 11 KOs) in a scheduled 12-round bout.
The fight opened up the televised portion of the Andre Ward vs. Sergey Kovalev 2 HBO Pay-Per-View telecast.
Arias, who fired off over 50 punches in the first round, outclassed Magomedov from the opening bell.
By Round 3, Arias began finding a home for hooks to the body and solid uppercuts upstairs.
In Round 5, Arias hurt and dropped Magomedov with a number of powerful hooks.
Magomedov did beat the count, but it wasn’t long before Arias jumped on him and landed more thudding shots, forcing referee Robert Byrd to jump in and stop the bout.
With the stoppage win, Arias officially stamps his place as a contender to watch in the Middleweight division.
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Alejandro "Alex" Burgos is a former Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report and the Founder & Editor-in-Chief of Round By Round Boxing. He is a professional blogger, SEO Consultant and Marketing Director at Capital Practice Consulting in Washington, DC.