This past weekend we saw 2016 Olympic gold medal winner Hasanboy Dusmatov (1-0, 1) [Ҳасанбой Дўсматов] make his professional debut, stopping Mexican teenager Jesus Cervantes Villanueva (9-8, 5) in 2 rounds. Following that win Dusmatov spoke to members of the Uzbek press, and revealed his plans going forward.
The immediate plan for Dusmatov is to head back to Uzbekistan until the new year before returning to the US, to fight in either January or February.
The longer term plan is to then begin a pursuit of WBA Minimumweight champion Knockout CP Freshmart (20-0, 7), who he hopes to fight in his 3rd or 4th bout.
According to Olamsport, who he had the interview with, the hope is to land that world title fight before the end of 2020, which if it's only going to be in his 3rd or 4th fight shouldn't be an issue. It should be even less of an issue given that his management have reportedly already reached out with the Thai's team.
With his amateur credentials and ambition it's hard to not be excited about Dusmatov, and fingers crossed he can race away to a world title, though there will be real competition for a shot at Knockout given their are a number of fast tracked young fighters who will all be jostling for a title fight in 2020.
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It's been incredibly frustrating trying to get excited about the debut of 2016 Olympic gold medal winner Hasanboy Dusmatov (1-0, 1) [Ҳасанбой Дўсматов]. He was originally scheduled to debut on November 30th, then November 8th and in the end it was becoming more and more annoying to follow the latest twist in the saga than to actually get excited about the 26 Uzbek.
Despite all the twists and turns Dusmatov did, finally, make his professional debut yesterday, doing so against Mexican teenager Jesus Cervantes Villanueva (9-8, 5) in Guanajuato, Mexico, in a bout streamed live on the Golden Boy Promotions facebook page.
The talented Uzbek looked razor sharp from the opening bell, and applied pressure to the teenager who looked out of his depth from the off. To his credit Villanueva did try show some good defense, often making Dusmatov miss, but offered little in terms of offense, and failed to make Dusmatov pay when he over-committed.
After easily winning the opening round Dusmatov continued to press in round 2 and finally had the big break through he was looking for with a left hand to the body. The shot sent Villanueva down, and he spat out his gumshield in agony before taking the 10 count.
Although Dusmatov won, and barely broke a sweat doing so, we did feel he was rather left hand happy, and we would have liked to have seen more of his jab. His opponent offered very, very little and we understand the need to get an easy win but we really do hope he doesn't waste too much time at this type of level. He has such a strong amateur background that he could, and should, be moved aggressively in the next year or two.
Earlier this year Uzbek websites reported that 2016 Olympic gold medal winner Hasanboy Dusmatov [Ҳасанбой Дўсматов] would be making his professional debut on November 30th in Monaco. He was also linked, by several Uzbek sites, to be trying to secure a world title fight on his debut.
Now it appears all those plans have changed and instead of debuting as a professional in Monaco at the end of next month he is now scheduled to fight in an 8 rounder in Fuzhou China against Chinese foe De Bin Zhou (3-1-1, 2).
Given the early rumours about a potential show down against WBA "regular" Light Flyweight champion Carlos Canizales (22-0-1, 17) on debut this is a disappointing match up. It is however, a much more reasonable debut than a facing the unbeaten "CCC" in what would have been on of the most reckless debuts even, even for a fighter as accomplished as Dusmatov.
This isn't a great debut, but is a much, much more reasonable one that rushing in with a fighter like Canizales. The title fights will still be there for Dusmatov down the line, and scoring a straight forward debut win before moving on to bigger and better fights is surely a better plan than going in deep and getting beat on debut, especially given his recent form in the amateurs.
Earlier today we reported that 2016 Olympic gold medal winner Hasanboy Dusmatov [Ҳасанбой Дўсматов] would be making his professional debut on November 30th in Monaco. What we didn't have at the time was details regarding the who?
Speculation from some Uzbek sites suggests there is a who that his team have in mind, and if negotiations can conclude that "who" would be an incredible debut for the 2016 Val Baker Trophy winner, and one of the toughest debuts in professional boxing history for a touted prospect.
The Uzbek sites have reported that Dusmatov's team are attempting to secure a bout with WBA "regular" Light Flyweight champion Carlos Canizales (22-0-1, 17) from Venezuela.
Fans who follow the Asian scene will be well aware of the big punching Canizales. He drew in his first world title bout, against Ryoichi Taguchi, before winning the regular title with a victory over Reiya Konishi. Since winning the title in 2018 he has defended the belt twice, including a victory earlier this year over former WBO Flyweight champion Sho Kimura.
For Dusmatov's team to even be considering throwing their guy straight in with a fighter like Canizales is incredibly risky and whilst we love ambitious fighters this seems an incredibly ballsy plan from his team.
If this bout goes ahead Dusmatov would be the first male fighter in over 25 years to fight for some form world title on debut, with the last being Indonesian fighter Domingus Siwalette in 1993, and the first of either gender since Korean Hyun Mi Choi in 2008. To date Choi is the only fighter to have won a world title on debut.
At the moment there is nothing solid confirmed about this potential contest, but several Uzbek sports and news sites are reporting that negotiations are taking place between the teams of the two fighters and that this is the bout that Dusmatov team are hoping to land.
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.
(Image courtesy of Olamsport)
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