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)
Since Hasanboy Dusmatov [Ҳасанбой Дўсматов] won the Val Baker trophy at the 2016 Rio Olympics we've seen various stories of him heading to the professional ranks, only to see those stories fail to become reality. Today we saw yet another story linking him to, finally, turning professional.
The fighter is currently in Los Angeles, having left Uzbekistan at the end of July, and he has told the Uzbek press that he will start training tomorrow.
Olamsports have revealed that among those he is training with are other Uzbek's, one who have turned professional. They include Shakhram Giyasov (8-0, 6) [Shahram G‘iyosov], Isrial Madrimov (3-0, 3) [Isroil Madrimov], Murodjon Akhmadaliev (6-0, 5) [Ахмадалиев, Муроджон Кахарович] and Bektemir Melikuziev (1-0, 1) [Бектемир Мелиқўзиев].
At the moment Olamsports haven't gone all out and stated he has gone pro, but the indication from them is that he towards the professional ranks and is likely to sign with Russian promotional outfit World Boxing, who promote the Uzbek's that he is training alongside.
It should be noted that Olamsport has ran previous stories announcing that Dusmatov has signed professional papers in the past, so we do hold our breath on seeing how this plays out. If he does go on and become a professional he will be the biggest name to turn over to the professionals following the recent decision on which divisions would be contest in at the Olympics, which included scrapping the 49KG Light Flyweight division.
(Image courtesy of Olamsport)
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.
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