At the age of 27, Maxim is a two-year pro. A sensational prospect at 140 pounds, he was an amateur standout in Russia before his debut.
He is a stablemate of rising young superstar and three-division world champion Vasiliy Lomachenko, who was voted the Boxing Writers Association of America’s “2017 Fighter of the Year,” top light heavyweight contender Oleksandr Gvozdyk, welterweight contender Egidijus Kavaliauskas, and welterweight prospect Alexander Besputin – all are managed by Egis Klimas, the Boxing Writers Association of America’s “Manager of the Year” in 2016 and 2017, and promoted by Top Rank.
Maxim is trained by Marco Contreras at Klimas’ Boxing Laboratory gym in Oxnard, California.
He stayed active with five fights in 2016, four in 2017, and has already fought two times in 2018. He has given impressive performances and made good progress.
Maxim stepped up to 10-round status and took a significant step up in class in his last fight on June 9, 2018, in Las Vegas and won by 10th-round TKO against former WBA lightweight world champion Darleys Perez.
ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael reported from ringside [excerpts]: Promising junior welterweight Maxim “Baby” Dadashev, a Russia native fighting out of Oxnard, California, closed the show impressively with a knockout of former lightweight world titlist Darleys Perez, of Colombia, in the 10th and final round.
It was a hard-fought fight that surely helped Dadashev gain valuable experience. He was in control all the way until putting away Perez. He rocked him in the 10th round and forced him to the ropes before connected with a clean right hand that dropped him. Perez beat the count, but [the] referee elected to stop the fight at 1 minute, 49 seconds. [End Rafael item]
In his post-fight interview, Maxim said, “Perez is an excellent opponent, and this fight was great experience for me. This was my first 10-round fight. This is a great step for my career, winning this belt. I picked up the pace every round, more punches. Now, I look forward.”
In an earlier interview, 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. He won a lot of tournaments as an amateur. Another one of my Russian prospects, Alexander Besputin, recommended that I sign him.
“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 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.’ “