Earlier today it was revealed that Uzbek Lightweight hopeful Ravshanbek Umurzakov (6-0, 5) [Ravshanbek Umurzoqovning] would be back in action on February 22nd in Ekaterinburg.
The unbeaten Uzbek, who was last seen stopping Kelly Figueroa in 6 rounds, will be up against Filipino foe Rimar Metuda (12-4-1, 7). in a bout scheduled for 8 rounds.
The touted Uzbek made an impressive start to his career, scoring opening round wins in his couple of bouts before stepping up in class and taking care of the then 5-0 Merab Turkadze in 4 rounds and Eden Sonsona, in just 58 seconds.
Metuda, a 24 year old from the Philippines, has never been stopped in his 17 fight career, and actually fought to a draw with Nihito Arakawa last year though is yet to pick up a win outside of the Philippines, with notable losses on Russian soil against Mirzhan Zhaxylykov and Isa Chaniev.
Notably this card will feature a number of other Asian fighters on it, including Stanislav Kalitskiy (6-0, 3) [Станислав Калицкий] and Muhammadkhuja Yaqubov (12-0, 8) [Мухаммадхуча Якубов]
Earlier today saw the announcement that several Uzbek fighters would be in action on January 20th in Vietnam as they continue to work with Cocky Buffalo promotions.
Not all the bouts have been announced, though we have been informed of a few bouts that will be on the show.
One of those will see WBA Asia Light Middleweight champion Khusniddin Pulatov (6-3, 4) battling against Filipino foe Rodel Wenceslao (13-16-2, 5), who will be looking to build on a recent win over Avzalbek Kuranbaev. Pulatov scored his career best win last year, stopping Sahlan Coral in 6 rounds to claim his regional title, though our understanding is that his title won;t be on the line here.
Another fighter involved on this show is Abdurasul Ismoilov (3-1, 3), who is reportedly 2-0 despite boxrec's record suggesting he's 3-1, who will be facing off with Filipino veteran Jaime Barcelona (41-63-1, 10). This is likely to be an easy win for Ismoilov, given that Barcelona is now 41 and has been less and less successful in recent years.
One final bout confirmed for the show will see the unbeaten Ravshanbek Shermatov (2-0, 1) taking on Indonesian journeyman Waldo Sabu (13-13, 3).
It's hard ti imagine anything but a clean sweep for the 3 Uzbek's announced on this card
Earlier today in Ekaterinburg fight fans had the chance to see Uzbek hopeful Ravshanbek Umurzakov (6-0, 5) [Ravshanbek Umurzoqov] continue his rise, as he took on Venezuelan foe Kelly Figueroa (12-9-3, 7) in what looked like a credit match up on paper.
The Uzbek looked to box behind his long and powerful jab whilst Figueroa showed some good defensie skills, making Umurzakov miss on a regular basis. Sadly for the Venezuelan he was unable to ever really get the Uzbek's respect and despite making him miss he rarely made his pay with any sharp or hurtful counter shots. Instead Figueroa's offense seemed to come in short bursts whilst he was on the move, never really setting his feet for much power.
As the bout went on Umurzakov began to find his range, pressing more effectively and landing more often. With his shots connecting more regularly you could see Figueroa throwing even less than he had in the opening round or two, and what he did throw seemed to either single jabs or shots that looked desperate and wide, with no snap on them at all.
In round 6 Umurzakov pressured and forced Figueroa to fight almost entirely off the ropes. It whilst whilst he was on the rapes that the Uzbek created some space for himself and landed a peach of a left hook to the body whilst sent Figueroa down. He beat the count but the referee had seen enough and waved off the fight.
Earlier today we were informed that fast rising Uzbek hopeful Ravshanbek Umurzakov (5-0, 4) [Ravshanbek Umurzoqov]will be returning to the ring on November 10th.
The talented Uzbek will be fighting Ekaterinburg, Russia and he will be battling against Venezuelan Kelly Figueroa (12-8-3, 7). On paper this isn't a step up, but it's good to see Umurzakov back in the ring after his very disappointing opening round win over Eden Sonona, who lasted just 58 seconds.
The Uzbek has racked up 4 wins already this year, and he certainly has the talent and ability to go a long way. It's hard to say what we will learn from this bout, but Figueroa has only been stopped once in 23 bouts, and has fought as high as Welterweight during his career, which has seen him compete through much of Latin America. It's also worth noting that Figueroa has gone 8 rounds with the decent Darleys Perez, albeit almost 6 years ago.
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