Maxim Dadashev

Weightclass: Super Lightweight

  • 9wins

  • 0losses

  • 0draws

  • 8kos

Leningrad, Russia
Egis Klimas (Boxing Writers Association of America “2016 Manager of the Year”)
Marco Contreras

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Maxim “Mad Max” Dadashev

At the age of 26, Maxim is a one-year pro. A sensational prospect at 140 pounds, he was an amateur standout in Russia.

He is a stablemate of Top Rank’s rising young superstar, WBO junior lightweight world champion Vasyl Lomachenko, up-and-coming light heavyweight contender Oleksandr Gvozdyk and welterweight prospect Alexander Besputin – all four are managed by Egis Klimas, who won the Boxing Writers Association of America’s award for “2016 Manager of the Year.”

Maxim is trained by Marco Contreras at Klimas’ Boxing Laboratory gym in Oxnard, California.

In his last fight on August 5 in Los Angeles, Maxim won by eighth-round knockout against Jose Marrufo.’s Dan Rafael reported from ringside [excerpts]: Junior welterweight Maxim Dadashev, a Russia native fighting out of Oxnard, California, stopped Jose Marrufo of Phoenix at 1 minute, 32 seconds of the eighth and final round.

It was a physical fight, but Dadashev wore Marrufo down, prompting [the] referee to step in and stop the fight because of an accumulation of punishment. [End Rafael item]

Manager Egis Klimas said, “Maxim is an aggressive fighter and his timing is very good. I heard his name all over in Russia, that he was a great prospect. Another one of my Russian prospects, Alexander Besputin, recommended that I sign him.

“He just came to the United States last year to train. The plan is for him to live here and continue to train in Oxnard.

“I am very happy to represent and bring such a high-class boxer to Top Rank. He won a lot of tournaments as an amateur.

“We are looking forward to his bright future in professional boxing.”

Maxim said through an interpreter, “I like California a lot – who doesn’t? The most important thing is the weather. It’s very good for training. You can go up in the mountains where there’s snow, and you can go down where there are beaches and the ocean. It’s like living in paradise!

“The biggest difference in training here in California compared to Russia, is the quality of sparring partners. There are many more sparring partners here, and they are at a higher level. In Russia, there’s more amateur boxing and here in Oxnard there are more professionals.

“I’m a versatile boxer who has a lot of styles. I can be aggressive, and I can box and move.

“I feel like I’m still making the transition from amateur to professional – I don’t feel like I’m 100 percent professional yet. I just need more time and more experience to become more professional.

“I know I’m going to fight for a world title one day and that pushes me, day after day, to train hard and keep improving.”

Regarding his nickname, he said “After going to the gym for two or three weeks, the guys there just started calling me ‘Mad Max.’ “

fight history

  • 2017

    In his last fight on 8-5-17 in Los Angeles, CA, he won by knockout (8th round) against Jose Marrufo (10-6-2): the scheduled 8-rounder was on the undercard of the Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Miguel Marriaga main event; Marrufo gave a determined effort and there were some good exchanges, but Maxim dominated the fight; he consistently landed the harder punches, wore down Marrufo, and both were cut over their right eyes by a clash of heads in the 3rd round; Maxim staggered Marrufo with a series of punches in the 8th round, and the referee stopped the fight at 1:32…

    On 4-22-17 in Carson, CA, he won by knockout (3rd round) against Bilal Mahasin (9-3-1): the scheduled 8-rounder was on the undercard of a triple world championship event, and ended with a spectacular one-punch knockout; Maxim out-boxed Mahasin in the 1st and 2nd rounds, then scored a devastating knockdown with a left hook that dropped him flat on his back in the 3rd, and he was counted out at 2:09.

    On 1-27-17 in Studio City, CA, he won by knockout (6th round) against left-handed Jerome Rodriguez (7-4-3): the scheduled 6-rounder was on the undercard at Sportsmen’s Lodge, and Maxim dominated the fight; he outworked Rodriguez, landed the harder punches, and steadily wore him down; he hurt Rodriguez with a body punch in the 6th round, then rocked him with a series of punches and the referee stopped the fight at 1:14.