Earlier today Olamsport reported that unbeaten Uzbek fighter Fazliddin Gaibnazarov (7-0, 4) [Фазлиддин Ғоибназаров] has had his next bout set.
We've known for a whilst that the 2016 Olympic gold medal winner was pencilled in for May 11th, as part of the Top Rank promoted ESPN card, headlined by a would title double header. What we didn't know, until today, was the the opponent that Gaibnazarov would be facing.
It's now been reported by the Uzbek site that Gaibnazarov's opponent will be once beaten American Mykal Fox (19-1, 5), who recently gave another Uzbek, Shohjahon Ergashev (16-0, 14) [Шохжахон Эргашев] ,his toughest test.
The talented Gaibnazarov will be looking to record his third straight stoppage, following early wins against against Wilberth Lopez and Ricardo Garcia, however this is a big step up for the unbeaten Uzbek. Fox on the other hand will be looking to bounce back from the loss to Ergashev, in what was a messy, hard to watch, but competitive bout.
Earlier today Fazliddin Gaibnazarov (7-0, 4) [Фазлиддин Ғоибназаров], the 2016 Olympic Gold medal winner, announced that his next fight is set to take place on May 11th, doing so over social media.
The talented Uzbek didn't reveal many details of the bout, and no opponent has yet to been confirmed for the Top Rank promoted hopeful.
Strangely his post on Instagram suggested the bout would take place in Arizona, and not California which would make more sense. This could be a simple mistake, or a hint that Top Rank have got huge plans for the day with potentially 2 different shows.
We'd expect more details on this bout in the near future, and hopefully it's a step up for the unbeaten 27 year old, who had an impressive 2018 and went 3-0 (2) and has already scored a win earlier this year.
Earlier today Uzbek sources reported that unbeaten Uzbek Welterweight contender Kudratillo Abdukakhorov (15-0, 6) [Қудратилло Абдуқаҳҳоровдан] had signed a 3 fight professional contract with American promoter Bob Arum, and his Top Rank outfit.
Given that the Uzbek has been pencilled in for an IBF Welterweight world title eliminator on March 30th in Philadelphia with Japanese puncher Keita Obara (20-3-1, 18) [小原 佳太], this promotional deal makes senses and seems to show that Arum is looking to set his fighters up for a shot at the IBF Welterweight title, which is currently held by Errol Spence.
The first fight of the deal will be the Obara bout and either the second or third bout will be the contest with the world title bout, potentially against Spence or Mikey Garcia, who challenged Spence in mid-March.
Arum has shown a willingness to sign Central Asian fighters, and Abdukakhorov joins the likes of 2016 Olympic gold medal winner Fazliddin Gaibnazarov (7-0, 4) [Фазлиддин Ғоибназаров], also from Uzbekistan.
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.
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