Tomorrow in Russia we'll see unbeaten Uzbek hopeful Azizbek Abdugofurov (12-0, 4) compete in his next bout, and on paper it's his toughest test yet. By quite a bit.
The unbeaten, and well regarded, Uzbek Super Middleweight, who currently holds the WBC Silver Super Middleweight champion, will be stepping up to face Russian fighter Gasan Gasanov (16-8-1, 13), in what is essentially a Cruiserweight bout.
From what we understand Abdugofurov was originally lined up to face Andrey Sirotkin (16-1, 5) but at late notice Sirotkin was replaced by Gasanov, who typically fights at Light Heavyweight.
On the scales earlier today Abdugofurov was 175¾lbs, well above his typical fighting weight of 168lbs. Even though he came in "over" his typical weight he was still dwarfed by Gasanov, who towered over him. The Russian hit the scales at a career high of 184½lbs.
Although Abdugofurov will still be strongly favoured giving away so much weight could be a problem here, and it certainly seems like a dangerous bout to take, regardless of how little note Gasonov had for the bout.
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Earlier today fight fans in the Philippines saw the unbeaten Uzbek hopeful Azizbek Abdugofurov (12-0, 4) successfully retain the WBC Silver Super Middleweight title, as he defeated Chinese puncher Wuzhati Nuerlang (11-2, 9).
Details of the bout are scarce however our Uzbek sources have informed us that the unbeaten Uzbek was comfortably in control of the bout, as he ran out the clear decision winner. That was despite a brave performance from the Chinese youngster.
After 12 rounds Abdugofurov took the decision with scores of 117-111, 118-111 and 117-110.
In theory the win moves Abdugofurov a step closer to a world title fight, though in reality he's relatively far down the queue for a WBC title fight, and we'd be very surprised to see him getting a shot in 2019. As for Nuerlang we suspect he'll return to China and eventually work his way back into a fight around this level, and at 22 years old he still has a bright future.
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On November 18th in Pasay City, Philippines fans will get an international treat as unbeaten Uzbek hopeful Azizbek Abdugofurov (11-0, 4) defends his WBC Silver Super Midddleweight title against Chinese puncher Wuzhati Nuerlang (11-1, 9), in what looks like a thrilling match up.
The unbeaten Uzbek was tipped by some as a future star when he turned professional, and within months of his debut he had left an impression. In just his third bout he had stopped Chaloemporn Singwancha and in his 5th bout he defeated Sirimongkol Singwancha, to really stamp his name as one to watch. Sadly after the impressive start things slowdown for a year, though he did defeated Dmitrii Chudinov this past May in a career best win, to claim the Silver title.
Nuerland on the other hand is a bit of a divisional dark horse, the 22 year old lost on his debut, back in November 2015, but has strung together 11 straight wins, and claimed the WBO Greater China Zone Light Heavyweight title along with the WBO Asia Pacific Youth Super Middleweight title. He'll be the under-dog, but should be regarded as a live one, given his own hunger and desire.
The supporting card is set to have a number of title bouts though they aren't really that notable. The one, possible, exception to that is the contest between Thai Phannaluk Kongsang (4-7-1, 2) and Indian Urvashi Singh (3-0, 3), who battle in the inaugural contest for the WBC Asian Boxing Council female Bantamweight title.
Earlier today in Malaysia fight fans had the chance tosee a small, but notable, card at the "One City Grand Ballroom". Although the card wasn't a big one it did feature 4 very promising and unbeaten Uzbek fighters, who all picked up wins and all moved one step closer to bigger, and better, things.
The youngest was 19 year old Ulugbek Sobirov (4-0, 2), who needed just 74 seconds to see off Tanzania's Hamis Mwakinyo (12-7-1, 9). Coming in to this Mwakinyo had been stopped 4 times, including by a debutant in 2013, to this result doesn't really us much about Sobirov, but at 19 years old he is a promising youngster and, on paper at least, this was a step up for him.
Another youngster picking up a quick win was 21 year old Jasur Akhmadjanov (4-0, 3), who took a huge step up in class to defeat former world title challenger Roy Mukhlis (29-8-3, 22). The Uzbek was fighting outside of Tashkent for the first time and scored a 2nd round KO over the Indonesian veteran, who has now been stopped 7 times in 40 bouts. Mukhlis was one of man who challenged Takashi Uchiyama during "KO Dynamite's" WBA world title reign, since losing in 5 to Uchiyama we've seen Mukhlis go 6-5-1, with this being the quickest of those defeats.
Talented Super Middleweight hopeful Azizbek Abdugofurov (10-0, 4) continued his rise here as he out-pointed Alfonso Tissen (10-2-2, 5) in an 8 rounder. The score cards for this bout were 79-73, 78-74 and 77-75 for Abdugofurov who we would expect to see fighting in bigger and better fights shortly, especially given that he scored better wins than this one last year, when he defeated Sirimongkol Singwancha and Martin Fidel Rios.
The other Uzbek was Kudratillo Abdukakhorov (14-0, 9), who retained the World Boxing Council Silver Welterweight Title with a 12 round decision win over Laszlo Toth (25-4-1, 17). The 24 year old Abdukakhorov was deducted a point under the WBC's accidental foul rule, but was still the clear winner, with scores of 118-109, 117-110 and 116-111 to record his second defense of the title and move towards a potential world title fight.
Earlier today fans in Singapore saw the latest show from Cartel International Promotions, and like the previous Singaporean shows by Cartel the card had a number of notable fighters involved.
The main event of the card was the most interesting match up on paper and saw Uzbek hopeful Qudratillo Abduqaxorov (10-0, 7) score the biggest win of his career, as he stopped Charles Manyuchi (20-3-1, 12) inside a round to claim the WBC "silver" Welterweight title. Manyuchi looked good at times but looked like he got cocky and dropped his hands trying to lure a mistake from the Uzbek. Instead of drawing a mistake it was Manyuchi making the mistake and he was dropped hard. He recovered from the knockdown and was dropped a second time with the referee being forced to stop the bout.
Abduqaxorov wasn't the only Uzbek to claim a win as Azizbek Abdugofurov (6-0, 4) took a 10 round decision over Argentinian tough guy Martin Fidel Rios (21-11-4, 11). Although on paper it was a tough match up for the Uzbek it was a well matched test with Abdugofurov doing more than enough to win, but knowing he had been in a fight, and being forced to work through the 10 round bout. Coming in to this the Uzbek had only gone beyond 4 rounds twice so he will take a lot from this win and will continue his development towards a world title fight.
Talking about world title fights it is worth noting that former world title challenger Daud Yordan (37-3-0-1, 24) made light work of Thai teenager Campee Phayom (11-3, 7). Yordan, who has stated that he is interested in world title fights at 140lbs or 135lbs, stopped the Thai in 2 rounds to score his 7th straight win and it's clear that he's looking to have a big year, even if he has essentially fallen off the international boxing map.
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