Just moments ago we saw 2016 Olympic gold medal winner Fazliddin Gaibnazarov (7-0, 4) [Фазлиддин Ғоибназаров], from Uzbekistan, kick off his 2019 as he stopped the durable US based Dominican, Ricardo Garcia (14-5-1, 9).
The Uzbek looked sharp from the opening round., though struggled to land clean, meaningful blows during the round, as Garcia managed to elude a lot of the more spiteful aggression from the Uzbek.
Sadly for Garcia Gaibnazarov began to find his range in round 2 and managed to drop Garcia in round 3, with the Dominican looking more and more outclassed by the round.
Garcia managed to have his best round in round 4, as he began to take a few more risks and make the most of Gaibnazarov's flaws, including the Uzbek's lack of a meaningful jab. Despite having some success Garcia would pull out between rounds 4 and 5, essentially admitting defeat before taking any more punishment.
Despite being out classed Garcia didn't seem to take much punishment and this ending was poor after what had been a limp effort from Garcia, who had given decent fights to the likes of Mykal Fox and Ladarius Miller.
On Saturday night in the US we'll see 2016 Olympic gold medal winner Fazliddin Gaibnazarov (6-0, 3) [Фазлиддин Ғоибназаров], from Uzbekistan, battle against Ricardo Garcia (14-4-1, 9).
Yesterday the two men took part in their weigh in for that contest and on the scales the unbeaten Uzbek was the lighter man.
Gaibnazarov weighed in at 141.5lbs, which is the heaviest he's been during his short professional career which began back in April 2017. Garcia on the other hand was just a tough heavier at 142lbs which is well below his highest weight of 152lbs back in December 2016.
It's worth noting that Garcia comes into this bout as the massive under-dog. He has gone 0-4-1 in his last 5, dating back to November 2017, but has yet to be stopped and should be a tougher test than his recent form suggests.
The past week or so has been a crazy one for Uzbek boxing, despite no professional bouts taking place. All because of a February 16th show which seemed to see almost every notable Uzbek fighter being linked to it.
First there was the story from Olamsport stating that Hasanboy Dusmatov [Ҳасанбой Дўсматов] would be making his debut on the card, then that the promoters of the show had contacted 2016 Olympic gold medal winner Fazliddin Gaibnazarov (6-0, 3) [Фазлиддин Ғоибназаров] to try and get him on the show. Sadly it appears neither Dusmatov or Gaibnazarov will be on the show.
Today we again saw Olamsport focus on the card and revealed that 4 fighters are now confirmed for action. Sadly though none have the big name appear the promoters were likely wanting.
The most promising of the fighters confirmed for this card is unbeaten Light Middleweight Dostonbek Turdiev (7-0, 5), he will be joined by fellow Light Middleweight Ravshan Hudaynazarov (17-1, 13), fighting for the first time since being stopped by Ronald Cruz, 33 year old Bantamweight veteran Olimjon Nazarov (20-5, 12) and the once beaten Light Heavyweight Jaloliddin Uktamov (3-1, 2).
Given the hype and build up that Olamsports, and the promoters associated with the show, had given the event it does seem rather disappointing especially given the fact that they don't seem to have gotten opponents set for any of their fighters and have missed out on getting a single huge name for the card.
Fingers crossed that this is a success, as we'd love to see the Uzbek domestic scene develop, but it does feel very much like the promoters were unable to get the fighters they wanted for the event and had to settle for experienced but disappointing fighters instead of headline names.
Unbeaten 2016 Olympic gold medal winner Fazliddin Gaibnazarov (6-0, 3) [Фазлиддин Ғоибназаров] will be in action again this coming Friday, as he looks to record his 7th professional win. In the opposite corner to the touted Uzbek will be Ricardo Garcia (14-4-1, 9), who will be looking to score his biggest career win.
Interesting some British bookmakers have opened up a betting market for this bout, and have made Gaibnazarov close to unbackable, pricing him at 1/25 to win the bout and advance one step closer to a major bout as a professional.
Garcia on the other hand is a very clear under-dog, priced at 10/1 to score the shock win and take a massive win over an Olympic king. Despite being the under-dog Garcia has shown enough to make us think this could be an interesting test. He pushed Ladarius Miller close in December and also put up a good effort against Mykal Fox last February. He's an under-dog but should be considered a live one.
Earlier today Olamsports reported that 2016 Olympic gold medal winner Fazliddin Gaibnazarov (6-0, 3) [Фазлиддин Ғоибназаров] had been contacted in regards to a home-coming fight in Tashkent in February.
The Professional Boxing Federation of Uzbekistan were told to contact, and negotiate, with the fighters management team and promoter if they are serious about getting him on the show, which will take place on February 16th.
The fighter is said to be interested in the possibility, but would need the bout to be agreed by his US team, including Bob Arum of Top Rank, and he would also need get through his January 18th bout against Ricardo Garcia (14-4-1, 9), without being hurt. This seems to be the major stumbling block.
It's obvious the February 16th show is massive for the Professional Boxing Federation of Uzbekistan, with Hasanboy Dusmatov (0-0) [Ҳасанбой Дўсматов] making his professional debut on the show, and it seems like feelers are being put out to other notable Uzbek names, not just Gaibnazarov. It's going to be interesting to see which fighters will be on the card, though at the moment Dusmatov is the only name confirmed for the show.
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