Back in August we saw news break that Hasanboy Dusmatov [Ҳасанбой Дўсматов] was in the US to begin training for his professional debut. Now we have finally seen some details of that debut emerge!
According to Uzbek sports websites the fighter himself has revealed that he will be fighting on November 30th in Monaco, with his opponent yet to be confirmed.
Those details suggest that his debut be on on a card which will be promoted by Eddie Hearn at the Casino de Monte Carlo Salle Medecin.
Dusmatov shined at the 2016 Rio Olympics, winning the gold medal at the 49KG Light Flyweight division, where he beat the likes of Nico Hernandez, Yuberjen Martínez and Birzhan Zhakypov. He was also crowned the Val Barker award winner and was tipped for huge things. Since then he has been regularly linked to turning professional but always ended up fighting back in the amateurs. This time however it appears things are set in stone, with the date and venue of his debut set.
We're expecting to hear about his debut opponent in the coming weeks.
Given his amateur pedigree, and the fact he's now 26, we expect to see him being fast tracked we wouldn't be surprised if his debut came against a "name" opponent.
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Japanese Olympic Gold medal winner Ryota Murata has finally had details about his professional debut given to the media.
Murata, Japan's 2nd ever Olympic Gold medal winner in boxing will be debuting on August 25th at the spectacular Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo. The 10,000 seat venue is expected to sell out to see the national boxing star and has been picked ahead of the Korakuen Hall due to huge size differential.
Murata's debut will take place over 6 rounds at a catchweight of 161lbs and will see him taking on current OPBF Middleweight champion Akio Shibata (21-7-1, 9).
Shibata a former OPBF and Japanese champion at Light Middleweight champion is unbeaten in 5 contests following a loss to Charlie Ota in August 2011. In fact Shibata last 2 losses both came to Ota with the previous one being in March 2010.
Currently ranked #16 at Middleweight by Boxrec.com Shibata is a very credible opponent for anyone, so for Murata to make his debut against him is very impressive.
If Murata manages, as we expect, to overcome Shibata it may not be long before he starts to hunt for title belts of his own.
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