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.
ESPN.com’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.’ “