Dmitry Mikhaylenko kept his undefeated record tonight in Montreal, as the Russian welterweight scored a solid win over veteran Karim Mayfield, winning a shutout on two judges' scorecards (100-90, 100-90), and losing just one round on the third (99-91). BLH had it 100-90 for Mikhaylenko.
Mikhaylenko (21-0, 9 KO) looked like a solid fighter, but at 29 is old for a prospect, and also likely a finished product as far as how good he's going to be. With that said, there was the sense tonight that he showed a limited upside. Though he is a solid pressure fighter, he didn't exhibit much punching power, and there don't seem to be any standout skills in his game other than perhaps his chin, as he did take some clean shots from Mayfield (19-3-1, 11 KO) without budging.
Mayfield came out hard in the opening round, throwing bombs at Mikhaylenko immediately and putting the Russian on the back foot. But even in that round, once it settled down, Mikhaylenko was landing the better punches, and more of them, and that became the established pattern and rhythm of the entire fight. Mayfield, 35, had moments here and there, but never enough to steal rounds, let alone clearly win any.
Mikhaylenko landed 220 of 756 punches (29%), compared to Mayfield's 104 of 487 (21%). He was the busier, sharper puncher, but it's worth noting that he never had Mayfield in any real trouble, and only had him noticeably hurt a couple of times, once coming at the end of round six, when he staggered Mayfield on a right hand just before the bell sounded to end the round.
What do you think of Mikhaylenko going forward?