With Vince D’Writer: On the undercard of the Jake Paul vs. Tommy Fury ESPN+ pay-per-view event, undefeated cruiserweight contender Muhsin Cason scored a first-round TKO over Taryel Jafarov (18-6, 17 KOs) on February 26 at the Diriyah Arena in Saudi Arabia. Arabia.
Cason, 29, is the younger brother of former two-time heavyweight champion Hashim Rahman. Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, Cason moved to Boston and worked as a bouncer, but in 2015 decided to move to Las Vegas to pursue a career in boxing. He trained with his brother and debuted in 2018.
Since first stepping into the squared circle in 2017, Taryel Jafarov’s ring results have all had a common theme. When Jafarov gets in the ring, he’s either going to hit his opponent or his opponent is going to send him to the canvas.
Both Cason and Jafarov were looking to take advantage of a big opportunity as they got the chance to fight on a pay-per-view card in front of a big crowd. A win on this kind of platform could help the winner open the doors to bigger career matches.
Fourteen seconds into the first round, Muhsin Cason landed a big right hand that sent Jafarov to the canvas. Jafarov was able to get up, but he was standing on unsteady legs. Cason continued to use his jab, poise and good punch placement.
While Cason was showing off his offensive skills, Jafarov was in full survival mode. During the final seconds of the first round, Jafarov found himself in the corner absorbing shots from Cason, but luckily he was able to get out of the first round.
Fans assumed they were about to see a second round, but unfortunately, the contest ended when Tariel Jafarov failed to get out of his corner. The fight was called off in the first round due to Jafarov’s finger injury.
During the post-fight interview, Muhsin Cason (11-0, 8 KOs) explained why he didn’t immediately go for the knockout when his opponent was injured.
“It’s flat on it. You have to stay composed. Just because you get excited about a punch, this man could have been hurt once and come back and win the fight. You have to stay focused and be professional.”
As for his plans for the future, Muhsin Cason has a message for his weight class. “Listen, for the cruiserweight division, I’m here. I am here. Just to let you know. Whoever is holding my belts right now, thank you for keeping them warm.”