Over the last few days it's been revealed that Dmitry Bivol (15-0, 11) [дмитрий бивол], Shakhram Giyasov (6-0, 5) [Shahram G‘iyosov], Murodjon Akhmadaliev (5-0, 4) [Ахмадалиев, Муроджон Кахарович] and Sergey Kuzmin (14-0, 11) would be back in action in March, on the same show in the US.
At the moment specific details haven't been revealed as to who the aforementioned fighters will be facing, though there are rumours surrounding all the fighters. The rumours are pretty much going to be short lived one with Vadim Kornilov expected to announce the details, of at least the main event, by the end of next week.
At the moment it's unclear whether this decision is a major change in plans, with Giyasov having previously been targeting a bout at the Milliy Stadium in Tashkent, or whether it's merely a minor diversion and and Tashkent bout will still take place. It's also unclear whether Akhmadaliev will be getting a rumour world title fight, or will end up having to wait. Thankfully everything is expected to be cleared in the near future.
It's worth noting that nothing has been mentioned of Isrial Madrimov (1-0, 1) [Isroil Madrimov], who would make sense to be added on to this card unless something very big is around the corner for the Light Middleweight hopeful.
Uzbek fighter Isrial Madrimov (1-0, 1) [Isroil Madrimov] made his professional debut recently and looked like a sensational talent, stopping Vladimir Hernandez in the 6th round of a scheduled 10 round contest.
Today it was revealed by several Uzbek sources that Madrimov had been voted the Asian fighter of the year for his amateur, by the Asian Boxing Confederation (ASBC), who look after Amateur boxing in Asia.
Madrimov took 46.76% of the votes with Indian fighter Amit Panghal coming second with 28.03% of the vote and Madrimov's Uzbek compatriot Ikboljon Kholdarov taking third place with just over 11$% of the vote.
Whilst it's clear that Madrimov's future lies in professional boxing it's still great to see his exploits getting recognised by the ASBC, and in fact it's brilliant that Panghal is also being recognised for what has been a stand out year for the Indian fighter.
According to reports in the Uzbek media today the highly touted Shakhram Giyasov (6-0, 5) [Shahram G‘iyosov] will be fighting in Tashkent, at the 34,000 seater Milliy Stadium.
The Uzbek fighter has had an excellent 2018, fighting 6 times in the year, beating notable foes like Albert Mensah, Julio Laguna and Miguel Zamudio.
Although regarded as a top Uzbek prospect he's yet to actually fight as a professional in his native homeland, where he's expected to spend the new year. He has fought in the UK and the US, actually fighting in Wembley for one of those fights, so to see him make a home coming next year will be huge news for the Uzbek boxing scene.
Interestingly there's not been a date mentioned for the fight, but the suspicion is that the bout will take place on a major show, which may feature several other Uzbek's in high profile bouts, thanks to the backing of Giyasov's promoter World of Boxing, who also promote fellow Uzbek's Isrial Madrimov (1-0, 1) [Isroil Madrimov] and Murodjon Akhmadaliev (5-0, 4) [Ахмадалиев, Муроджон Кахарович].
We're expecting more on this story in January as the plans begin to develop for the show.
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Over the last few years we've seen more and more fighters take on testing debuts as they look to immediately announce themselves in the professional ranks. These have included debuting fighters like Hinata Maruta, Vasyl Lomachenko, Takuma Inoue, Apichet Petchmanee and now Uzbek Isrial Madrimov (1-0, 1) [Isroil Madrimov], who debuted in a 10 round bout against Mexican Vladimir Hernandez (10-3, 6), with the two battling for the WBA Inter-Continental Middleweight title.
The bout started well for Madrimov, who quickly found a home for his right hand to the body against the sluggish looking Hernandez. Sadly after about 80 seconds the feed to the fight died, though when we returned in round 3 the fight had seemingly all been one way traffic in favour of Madrimov, who had cut Hernandez around the right eye and hammered him with body shots.
When we returned Madrimov began to turn the screw and landed some brutal shots to both head and body, rocking Hernandez hard before putting the Mexican down. In some countries the bout would have been stopped, with Hernandez getting a slightly slow count, but here the Mexican was given every opportunity to continue. Even after the bout continued he took a pounding, as he narrowly made it to the end of the round.
Despite looking badly beaten in round 3 Hernandez made it through round 4 without too many problems, as it seemed Madrimov was happy to get some rounds and take his time. Madrimov again kept his foot off the gas in round 5, as he moved around the ring, controlled the pace and tried new things, including switching southpaw. With Madrimov not looking for the finish it allowed Hernandez back into the fight and the Mexican began to have some moments, as he pressed the action.
In round 6 it finally seemed like Madrimov was wanting to close the show, really taking the fight to Hernandez, as he had in round 3, and after a flurry of clean shots the referee stepped in to save the Mexican, who was starting to seem too tough for his own good.
The bout was a serious test on paper for Madrimov but one he really made look far too easy. He was caught a few times, and showed there was areas to improve on, but for a fighter making his debut this was genuinely impressive. There was a lot to like and we wouldn't be surprised to see him fighting for a world title by the end of 2019, especially now that he has claimed the WBA Inter-Continental Light Middleweight title.
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