After making his debut in June, in a 99 second blow out win over Martin Fidel Rios, we were hoping to see Bektemir Melikuziev (2-0, 2) [Бектемир Мелиқўзиев] answering some serious questions yesterday when he faced Mexican Ricardo Adrian Luna Flores (22-7-1, 14). Sadly the only question the Uzbek answered was one we already knew, "can this guy hit hard?"
The Uzbek needed just 133 seconds to take out Flores, who was dropped twice in what was a brutally efficient performance from Melikuziev.
The Uzbek applied calculate pressure through out and dropped Flores with a body about 90 seconds into the fight before closing the show not long afterwards with another body shot, that left Flores in agony on the canvas. The one big take away from the performance is that his body punching is brutal.
This was another very impressive display from Melikuziev even more so when we consider Flores had seen the final bell against the likes of Ryota Murata and D'Mitrius Ballard. If we're looking for complaints though we do wonder whether or not Flores should have been competing at 175lbs and what his notice was for the fight.
Given back to back impressive wins against notable opposition it's hard to see Melikuziev's team holding him back, and we wouldn't be surprised to see him in with a top 30 type of guy in his next fight.
We've known for a while that that Uzbek hopeful Bektemir Melikuziev (1-0, 1) [Бектемир Мелиқўзиев] would be in the ring on August 30th, though details of that bout were rather incomplete.
Other than the date the only detail that were known were that the contest would be taking place in California, USA.
Today we can now report that Melikuziev's opponent has been named, as Mexican Ricardo Adrian Luna Flores (22-6-1, 14).
Flores is likely best known for facing Ryota Murata in 2014, when he lost a wide decision to the 2012 Olympic champion, and then went on to become a regular sparring partner for Murata.
For a second professional bout this is a great test for Melikuziev, who's debut against Martin Fidel Rios in June lasted just 99 seconds, though we would expect another win for the "Bek Bully", who is tipped to be a massive star for the future.
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In June we saw Uzbek hopeful Bektemir Melikuziev (1-0, 1) [Бектемир Мелиқўзиев] make his professional debut, and do so in impressive fashion by stopping Argentinian veteran Martin Fidel Rios (23-20-4, 13). After that win there was speculation, and hope, that his next bout would take place in July.
Today Uzbek sources have reported that unfortunately he won't be having that quick of a return, though there is now a date and location set for his second bout.
According to our Uzbek friends Melikuziev, known as "Bec the Bully" has been pencilled in for a August 30th card in California. The full details of the bout, such as opponent and weight, have yet to be confirmed, though the thinking seems to be that they will be lowering his weight and trying to find out how strong he is as a Super Middleweight in the near future. The reason for this is that whilst he's obviously a very strong guy he is a rather short fighter for the Light Heavyweight division and getting him down on the scales will really help his career in the long run.
Given he was matched hard on his debut we're expecting his next opponent to be a solid professional as well, and wouldn't be surprised if he shared the ring with another known gatekeeper type of opponent, like Rios was.
From tweets posted by Steve Kim (@StevESPNKim) yesterday we may be set to see two very highly regarded Uzbek hopefuls in action in July on DAZN as both men look to continue their perfect starts and move towards big bouts by the end of the year.
The first of those would be Bektemir Melikuziev (1-0, 1) [Бектемир Мелиқўзиев] who recently took out Argentinian veteran Martin Fidel Rios (23-20-4, 13) inside a round with a debilitating body shot. He is looking like he could be in action on July 18th, as per Kim's tweet, on the a Golden Boy card. At the moment little has been confirmed for this show, which will take place at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California, though Melikuziev would be a brilliant addition.
The 23 year old "Bek Bully" was a true amateur star taking medals at the Olympics, World Amateur Championships, Asian Championships, Uzbek national Championships and the youth versions of the Olympics, World and Asian Championships. Given how promoter World of Boxing are pushing their Uzbek fighters we would expect a notable opponent if he is indeed on this July card.
The second fighter being spoken about for a July date is Light Middleweight Israil Madrimov (3-0, 3) [Исроил Мадримов], who could be in action just 9 days later on July 27th. The talented Madrimov is already in the world rankings, and has been on the fast track since his debut, which came in a 10 round bout. The talk circulating around Madrimov is that he could be in a huge bout by the end of the year, and this July bout could be one final gate keeper type contest for the incredibly talented, exciting and confident 24 year old.
The July date would see Madrimov added to a card headlined by a Light Welterweight unification bout between Jose Carlos Ramirez and Maurice Hooker in Arlington, Texas. It should be noted however that there's a chance that Madrimov's may slip to August to fill up a different undercard a week or two later.
Last night in Hollywood we saw the professional debut of former Uzbek amateur standout Bektemir Melikuziev (1-0, 1) [Бектемир Мелиқўзиев], though unfortunately it was little more than a cameo for the talented Uzbek.
The debutant was up Argentinian veteran Martin Fidel Rios (23-20-4, 13), and Rios really never looked comfortable with Melikuziev's pressure, with the Uzbek applying very intelligent pressure from the off.
The Uzbek southpaw managed to catch Rios when the Argentinian was trying to close the gap, with an excellent left hand to the body. It seemed the perfect shot, and although Rios was trying to land his own shot at the time he just dropped to the canvas in agony, forcing the referee to wave the bout off.
Although Rios has now lost 9 of his last 10, no one would have expected a 99 second win for the Uzbek, who left a real impression here.
Given how short the bout was, and how little Melikuziev was caught, we're really hoping we'll see him out again sooner rather than later, and there is a very real chance we'll see him in with another "name" opponent, like Rios was.
Yes, Rios has lost his ambition, but that would hardly matter given the shot Melikuziev landed, and hopefully we'll see a lot more of his quality before the end of 2019.
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