Uzbek fighter Israil Madrimov (2-0, 2) [Isroil Madrimov], made a statement last year when he won a minor belt on debut in a scheduled 10 rounder. Today he left another statement as he blasted out Venezuelan puncher Frank Rojas (24-3, 23) in scary fashion in the second round.
The Uzbek had taken the opening round with ease and it was clear the men were in totally different levels. Madrimov, a former amateur standout, really did as he wished. In round he showed a lot more nasty intent, and rattled off a brutal series of head shots, dropping Rojas hard with a left hand, after landing several other clean head shots.
Rojas would sadly need to be stretchered out of the ring and at the time of writing, his status is unknown, though he was receiving medical treatment following the knockout out and Madrimov showed restraint to limit his celebrations.
Interestingly Boxrec list this as being for the vacant WBA Inter-Continental Super Welterweight title, though Madrimov actually won the belt in his debut, making this his first defense of the title.
Later today WBA Light Heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol (15-0, 11) [дмитрий бивол] will defend his title against Joe Smith Jr (24-2, 20). Yesterday the two fighters took part in their weigh in and both men made weight.
On the scales both men were well under the limit, with Bivol hitting the scales at 173½lbs whilst Smith was 173lbs.
For Bivol the weight was the lightest weight of his career, and could be a sign that he is serious about dropping down in weight to pursue bouts at Super Middleweight. Smith on the other hand matched the weight that he was when he scores his opening round win over Andrzej Fonfara in 2016.
Uzbek fighter Israil Madrimov (1-0, 1) [Isroil Madrimov], who is also on this card was 151½lbs for his bout against Venezuelan puncher Frank Rojas (24-2, 23), who was 152½lbs.
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Yesterday we were informed that Israil Madrimov's (1-0, 1) [Isroil Madrimov] opponent for his March 9th bout would be Frank Rojas (24-2, 23) from Venezuela.
Whilst it's a good opponent on paper, it is disappointing that, once again, an Uzbek fighter has had to take a short notice fight since World of Boxing and DAZN agreed to work together.
Interestingly it was today revealed that in Uzbekistan that Uzbek TV channel "Sport" will air it live, as part of an agreement with Buka who sponsor many of the rising Uzbek fighters.
Earlier today Uzbek sensation Isrial Madrimov (1-0, 1) [Isroil Madrimov] confirmed that he would be in action on March 9th, at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, New York as part of the under-card for Dmitry Bivol's (15-0, 11) [дмитрий бивол] bout with Joe Smith Jr (24-2, 20). Not only did Madrimov confirm that bout but he also stated that the details of the bout are yet to be agreed.
The fighter revealed that no opponent has been signed to face him, and he told Olamsports "It's also interesting for me to be my opponent, but all the boxers who have come up with the offer are still reluctant to fight, and I think they are afraid to be the opponent". It's kind of funny to think that a 1-0 prospect has scared opponents, but given how talented and impressive Madrimov was on his debut, when he stopped Vladimir Hernandez in 6 rounds to claim an Intercontinental title, it's not hard to believe that there is at least a hint of truth there.
We're hoping that Madrimov and his team do secure a decent opponent, though if we're being honest such a short notice opponent won't be up to much, and instead it might make more sense to pull Madrimov from the show and put him on a show later down the line against a better opponent. It's also worth noting that this is the second time a World of Boxing Uzbek prospect has been matched at short notice since World of Boxing and Matchroom began working closely together and comes just weeks after Shakhram Giyasov (7-0, 6) [Shahram G‘iyosov] defeated former world title challenger Edgar Puerta (25-12-1, 19) in a bout not aired on DAZN.
Might be early to say, but it does seem like World of Boxing prospects aren't being given the same focus they were before World of Sport began with DAZN.
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