The latest top amateur to signal their intent to join the professional rank is the hard hitting Magomedrasul Majidov [Магомедрасул Меджидов], one of the true punchers of the amateur scene, who recently signalled his intent to begin his professional career!
The Azeri fighter who was a 3-time amateur World champion, winning the World Amateur Championships in 2011, 2013 and 2017, also won Olympic bronze in 2012, has apparently signed with managed Zia Aliyev ahead of his professional debut.
The Azeri has apparently not yet signed with a professional promoter, and there is no set date or time for his debut, but his debut is expected to come in the near future and with Aliyev backing him there is little doubt he'll be pushed hard.
Aliyev has stated
"Welcome to the team. A heavyweight puncher and an absolute beast. It is an honor to manage your career as a professional. The name of the promoter will be announced soon,"
For those who don't follow the amateur scene Majidov really was a beast and his power was genuinely legendary he scored one of the most frightening amateur KO's in recent memory when he stopped Ivan Dychko. With his power he'll be a dangerman in the pros, and despite being the wrong side of 30 his power, amateur experience and reputation could well see him being fast tracked through the ranks.
According a Azeri news source 4 top Azeri amateur fighters have announced their intention to retire from boxing following the Rio Olympics. On paper that might not sound like huge news however the names of the fighters does make this a genuinely big story, and a disappointing one for boxing fans.
The names mentioned are Lorenzo Sotomayor, Albert Selimov, Abdulkadir Abdullayev and Magomedrasul Majidov.
Those who watched the Olympics will remember that Sotomayor, originally from Cuba, won the Olympic Silver medal, and was one of the most talented boxers at the games with a style that would take him far in the professional ranks. The 31 year old was maybe a bit on the old side to have continued success but had proven his desire to fight by leaving Havana and actually beat Cuba's Yasniel Toledo in the quarter final.
Albert Selimov is best known for defeating Vasyl Lomachneko but is also 3-time World Amateur Champion medal winner, claiming a gold a bronze and a silver. He also claimed a Gold at the 2008 World Cup and is a 2-time European champion. Although 30 years old he was still considered a great fighter and had links to the boxing cultures in both Russia and Azerbaijan, suggesting he could have turned professional and headed to Moscow for a potential big money and fast tracked career.
Abdullayev is a former World Amateur Championships bronze medal winner and a former European champion. Aged 28 there was plenty of time for for Abdullayev to continue to mark a mark on the sport going forward, ans he'd only be 32 when the Tokyo comes around. He also managed to gain valuable WSB experience and seemed ready to turn professional the "traditional" route.
Sadly the biggest loss to boxing is big puncher Super Heavyweight tough guy Majidov. The 29 year old is a former Olympic bronze medal winner, a 2-time World Amateur champion and a European Amateur champion who has competed in the WSB and been one of their stars. He holds notable wins over the likes of Erislandy Savon, Anthony Joshua, Roberto Cammarelle, Ivan Dychko and Magomed Omarov and would be a huge addition had he decided to become a fully fledged.
The source suggests that the 4 men will not be turning professional but will instead look for other work inside Azerbaijan. A really disappointing bit of news for fight fans and those hoping to see a wave of Azeri's fighting on the world stage as professional.
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