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.
Later today we'll see touted Uzbek hopeful Isrial Madrimov (0-0) [Isroil Madrimov] take part in his debut, a 10 round bout against Vladimir Hernandez (10-2, 6) for the WBA Inter-Continental Middleweight title.
Yesterday the two fighters took part in their weigh in, and both came in under the 160lb limit, in fact Madrimov was incredibly light coming in comfortably under the Light Middleweight limit, which is actually the weight we expected him to be debuting at
On the scales Madrimov was 152.8lbs, as mentioned that's under the 154lb Light Middleweight, and despite coming in light he looked in great shape and it's clear that he and his team have taken his preparation for this bout incredibly seriously.
Hernandez on the other hand was was 157.2lbs, above the Light Middleweight limit but under the Middleweight one. He looked in less impressive shape than the Uzbek, and looked fleshy which is a bit of a worry for such a significant bout.
Given how interesting this match up is, we're really looking forward to the contest, and think we will learn a lot about the Uzbek, his skill-set and his potential. His amateur pedigree was amazing but this is a very big test at a very, very early stage of his career.
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Yesterday we reported that Uzbek hopeful Isrial Madrimov (0-0) [Isroil Madrimov] had signed a professional contract with World of Boxing, the promotional outfit run by Andrey Ryabinskiy. Today we can report that previous speculation that his debut will be a 10 rounder can be confirmed, with Uzbek sources informing us that not only will the bout be a 10 rounder bu that his opponent has also been confirmed.
The Uzbek sources are reporting that Madrimov's debut opponent will be Victor Hernandez (10-2, 6), though looking through Boxrec it seems that the actual name of the Mexican is Vladimir Hernandez (10-2, 6), with no Victor Hernandez having the record they reported.
If we are right and it is indeed Vladimir Hernandez then it's a very solid debut opponent for Madrimov, The Hernandez that we believe the Uzbek will be up against has only lost twice, both were competitive defeats coming up short to Humberto Velazco Torres and Adrian Luna Flores. The same Hernandez is 3-0 in the US, including a win over the experience Elco Garcia and a couple of wins over Danny Valdivia, who was 14-0 and 14-1 when Hernandez beat him.
There is a chance we have got the wrong Hernandez, but if we're right then this is a serious first outing for Madrimov, and a real sign of intent from the fighter and World of Boxing.
According to sources from Uzbekistan the promising Isrial Madrimov (0-0) [Isroil Madrimov] has inked a professional contract with the powerful World of Boxing, the promotional outfit run by Andrey Ryabinskiy.
Madrimov, who is pencilled in to make his debut on November 24th, joins a huge stable of Central Asian and Eastern European fighters. Those include world ranked Uzbek Super Bantamweight Murodjon Akhmadaliev (4-0, 3) [Ахмадалиев, Муроджон Кахарович] and 2016 Olympian Shakhram Giyasov (5-0, 4) [Shahram G‘iyosov], also from Uzbekistan, as well as WBA Light Heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol (14-0, 11) [дмитрий бивол].
At the moment the full details of Madrimov's debut haven't been confirmed, though it's believed that he could end up being in a 10 round bout. If that that really does show the belief that Ryabinskiy and World of Boxing have in him. We are however expecting to see his opponent being announced in the very near future.
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