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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