Earlier this month we reported that Kazakh Heavyweight hopeful Ivan Dychko (7-0, 7) [Дычко Иван] would be returning on November 30th. It's now been confirmed that his next outing has actually been brought forward and instead he will be fighting on November 24th, as part of a card headlined by WBA Light Heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol battling Jean Pascal.
Dychko's bout at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood will be a 6 rounder and although we've not yet been told who his opponent will be we are hoping for a step up in class , given his competition so far has been dreadful. He's a talented fighter who needs to be tested sooner rather than later.
Interesting Dychko is one of a number of Central Asian fighters on the card, along with Shakhram Giyasov (5-0, 4) [Shahram G‘iyosov], Isrial Madrimov (0-0) [Isroil Madrimov] and Murodjon Akhmadaliev (4-0, 3) [Ахмадалиев, Муроджон Кахарович], all of whom are expected to become big stars in the coming years.
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On November 24th we'll see Kyrgyzstan born Russian Dmitry Bivol (14-0, 11) [дмитрий бивол] defending his WBA Light Heavyweight title against Haitian born Canadian Jean Pascal (33-5-1-1, 20). That's an interesting bout, though one where the champion will be strongly favoured. What's more interesting however is the fact the under-card will feature a trio of Uzbek fighters.
One of those Uzbek's is 2016 Olympic silver medal winner Shakhram Giyasov (5-0, 4) [Shahram G‘iyosov], who is expected to fight in a 6 rounder though his opponent hasn't yet been named. Another fighter yet to have his opponent named is the debuting Isrial Madrimov (0-0) [Isroil Madrimov], who is expected to make his debut in a 10 round bout at Light Middleweight. If that ends up happening we'll expect to see him being put on fast track to the top.
The other Uzbek is Murodjon Akhmadaliev (4-0, 3) [Ахмадалиев, Муроджон Кахарович], who takes on the once beaten Alexander Mejia (11-1, 5) in a battle between world ranked fighters. The unbeaten Uzbek is ranked #6 by the WBA whilst Meija is ranked #12 by the same body. It's worth noting that the Nicaraguan's only loss came in Japan to Hiroshige Osawa, by narrow decision. The winner here will be within touching distance of a shot at WBA Super Bantamweight champion Danny Roman, though both would be the under-dog against the American champion.
On August 23rd Uzbek prospect Murojdon Akhmadaliev (4-0, 3) took a huge step up in class, but shined as he stopped Roman Contreras (15-7, 6) inside the opening round with body shots.
By it's self that was a decent win but not huge news. It was however Akhmadaliev's first title win, as he claimed the WBA Inter-Continental Super Bantamweight title and took a huge step towards a world ranking.
On his return to Uzbekistan at the end of last week Akhmadaliev was met by a sizable crowd, at the Tashkent Airport who appeared to be there to celebrate the new success of their talented fighter.
Sadly Akhmadaliev didn't give much away when he spoke to the media but stated that he was glad to return home with a belt, and thanked his coaches. Sadly in regards to the future he stated he would rest before taking part in more title bouts.
Although the fan base he has in Uzbekistan is larger than expected for such a novice it's clear that it will continue to grow as he continues to rack up wins and titles and his win on August 23rd could well act as a huge launch pad for the Uzbek, who is currently ranked #6 by the WBA following his win over Contreras and is already eligible for a world title fight!
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Last night in the US fight fans at The Hangar in Costa Mesa had the chance to see talented Uzbek prospect Murodjon Akhmadaliev (4-0, 3) [Ахмадалиев, Муроджон Кахарович], a 2016 Olympic bronze medal winner, continue his perfect start. The 23 year old took a notable step up in class to battle against southpaw Ramon Contreras (15-7, 6) in a bout for the WBA Inter-Continental Super Bantamweight title. On paper it was a massive step up for Akhmadaliev, compared to his professional competition so far, but it turned out to be less of a test than expected.
Instead seeing Akhmadaliev need to work hard for the win the Uzbek who managed to box on move to begin with, pick holes in Contreras through much of the opening round before landing a spiteful straight left hand to the body of Contreras, who took the 10 count on his knees towards the end of the opening round.
It was again an impressive performance by the youngster, who claimed his first professional title, less than 6 months after his professional debut and it's clear big things are expected from him. Hopefully he'll be back in action before the end of 2018 and we could well see him breaking into the world rankings by the middle of next year, just given the way his competition is progressively getting better and his minor WBA title.
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