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.
On Friday we reported that Olamsport, a reliable and well trusted Uzbek new source, had stated that 2016 Olympic Gold medal winner and Val Barker trophy Hasanboy Dusmatov (0-0) [Ҳасанбой Дўсматов] would be making his professional debut on February 16th in Tashkent. Sadly it now appears that that won't be happening.
Rival site Sports.uz are now stating, unequivocally that Dusmatov will not be fighting as a professional on February 16th, and has no intention of turning professional at the moment.
A correspondent from Sports.uz got a quote from Dusmatov regarding the matter:
"Yes, I was offered a number of suggestions for professional boxing. A number of foreign proprietors have also shown serious interest. But I consulted my coaches and decided not to go to professional boxing right now. We are currently preparing for the new season at our training camp in Yangiabad. I'm an amateur boxer right now. If the professional ring rises, I'll tell you first."
Sadly this isn't the first time Dusmatov has had a date for his debut being rumoured, and it's unfortunately not the first time a usually reliable Central Asian source has been wrong this year.
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.
According to excellent Uzbek sports website Olamsports we now know the date of Hasanboy Dusmatov's (0-0) [Ҳасанбой Дўсматов] professional debut.
The 2016 Olympic gold medal winner, and Val Bakrer trophy winner, has long been linked to a professional debut but had decided to remain an amateur through 2017 and 2018. Now however Olamsports are reporting that he will make his professional debut on February 16th at the Uzbek Sports Complex in Tashkent.
The story coming out of Uzbekistan is that Dusmatov is going to be fighting for a title, of some kind, on his professional debut, much like compatriot Isrial Madrimov (1-0, 1) [Isroil Madrimov] who claimed a WBA Inter-Continental title on his debut.
We are set to see more details being revealed over the next day or two but it's clear that Dusamatov is wanting to be fast tracked, and has the amateur background to back up that desire.
(Image courtesy of xabar.uz)
Over the last week or so fight fans in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, have had the chance to see the Uzbek national championships, which have been held at the Olympic Reserve Sport Complex.
The competition has seen 8 weight classes being competed in with a number of very notable amateur fighters competing in the tournament, including Olympic and World Amateur champions.
Sadly the final saw a number of walk overs.
The lowest weight category was the 52KG division and was won by 2016 Olympic gold medal winner Hasanbay Dusmatov, who over-came youngster Khudoynazar Fayzov. The talented Dusmatov impressed in the Olympics and there has been a lot of hope of him signing professional, though the fighter is yet to make it clear, publicly that professional boxing is something he's pushing for.
At 57KG's the winner was Andulkhay Shorakhmatov, who had a walk over win against Otabek Kholmatov in the final. Shorakhmatov had been fantastic through the tournament and continues his good form in the competition, having won the competition a number of times before.
We saw another walk over at 63KG's as Aliyar Noraliev took the crown, with Shunkor Abdurasulov not getting into the ring to fight for the championship.
Thankfully action resumed up at 69KG Bobo-Usmon Boturov upset the highly touted Ikboljon Kholdarov, who was strongly favoured. This was scored 3:2 in favour of Boturov who will know how big this win really is, and what a surprise it was.
Fanat Kakhramonov managed to claim the 75KG crown with a victory over Odil Aslonov. Kakhramonov won a 4:1 decision here to take the title. Neither man had looked bad on their way to the final, though in the end it was a clear win for Kakhramonov.
Another 4:1 victory saw Khurshid Abdullayev take the 81KG crown, over-coming Dilshod Ruzmetov.
Ikboljon Kholdarov's final loss in the 69KG bout wasn't the only major upset, as 2016 Olympic Bronze medal winner Rustam Tulaganov was shocked by Madiyar Saidrakhimov, in what was a clear win for Saidrakhimov in the 91KG division. It's worth noting Tulaganov has made his professional debut, doing so last year, and this loss may well push him back towards the professional ranks.
At Super Heavyweight Ulugbek Mubinov defeated Obidzhon Tokhirov to end the competition.
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