On February 26th, a highly-anticipated ESPN+ pay-per-view event featuring the headline bout between YouTube star turned boxer Jake Paul and British boxer Tommy Fury took place at the Diriyah Arena in Saudi Arabia. While the main event garnered most of the attention, there was an undercard fight that caught the eye of many boxing fans.
Muhsin Cason, a rising undefeated cruiserweight prospect, took on Taryel Jafarov in a match that many saw as a potential stepping stone for the winner towards bigger career opportunities. Jafarov, known for his knockout power, had a record of 18 wins and 6 losses, with 17 of his wins coming by way of knockout. Cason, on the other hand, was the younger brother of former heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman, and had been making a name for himself in the boxing world with his impressive record of 11 wins and 0 losses, with 8 wins coming by way of knockout.
From the opening bell, it was clear that Cason was not going to let his opponent get comfortable in the ring. Just 14 seconds into the first round, Cason landed a powerful right hand that sent Jafarov down to the canvas. Although Jafarov managed to get back up, he was visibly hurt and struggled to regain his composure. Cason remained composed, using his jab and precise punch placement to keep Jafarov on the defensive.
As the round wore on, it became increasingly clear that Jafarov was in trouble. Despite his best efforts to survive, he was unable to mount any significant offense, and Cason continued to dominate. In the final seconds of the round, Jafarov found himself trapped in the corner, taking a barrage of shots from Cason. Although he managed to make it out of the round, it was clear that his chances of winning the fight were slim.
Unfortunately, the fight came to an abrupt end before the start of the second round. Jafarov failed to come out of his corner due to an injured finger, and the fight was declared a first-round retirement. While the result may have been disappointing for fans hoping to see a full fight, it was still an impressive win for Cason, who showed off his skills and composure in the ring.
After the fight, Cason spoke to reporters about his strategy in the ring. He explained that although he had his opponent hurt, he knew he had to remain composed and not get too excited. “It’s levels to this,” he said. “You got to stay composed. Just because you get excited about one punch, that man could have been hurt one time and came back and won the fight. You got to stay composed, and you got to be professional.”
Cason’s win was undoubtedly a significant moment in his career, and one that could help him land bigger fights in the future. In fact, he wasted no time in calling out Tommy Fury on Twitter after the fight, showing that he’s not afraid to take on the best in the business. While it remains to be seen if Cason will get the opportunity to face Fury, one thing is clear: he’s a rising star in the boxing world, and one to keep an eye on in the coming years.