Earlier today Uzbek sensation Isrial Madrimov (1-0, 1) [Isroil Madrimov] confirmed that he would be in action on March 9th, at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, New York as part of the under-card for Dmitry Bivol's (15-0, 11) [дмитрий бивол] bout with Joe Smith Jr (24-2, 20). Not only did Madrimov confirm that bout but he also stated that the details of the bout are yet to be agreed.
The fighter revealed that no opponent has been signed to face him, and he told Olamsports "It's also interesting for me to be my opponent, but all the boxers who have come up with the offer are still reluctant to fight, and I think they are afraid to be the opponent". It's kind of funny to think that a 1-0 prospect has scared opponents, but given how talented and impressive Madrimov was on his debut, when he stopped Vladimir Hernandez in 6 rounds to claim an Intercontinental title, it's not hard to believe that there is at least a hint of truth there.
We're hoping that Madrimov and his team do secure a decent opponent, though if we're being honest such a short notice opponent won't be up to much, and instead it might make more sense to pull Madrimov from the show and put him on a show later down the line against a better opponent. It's also worth noting that this is the second time a World of Boxing Uzbek prospect has been matched at short notice since World of Boxing and Matchroom began working closely together and comes just weeks after Shakhram Giyasov (7-0, 6) [Shahram G‘iyosov] defeated former world title challenger Edgar Puerta (25-12-1, 19) in a bout not aired on DAZN.
Might be early to say, but it does seem like World of Boxing prospects aren't being given the same focus they were before World of Sport began with DAZN.
Unbeaten Uzbek prospect Shakhram Giyasov (7-0, 6) [Shahram G‘iyosov] scored his latest win last night, as he defeated former world title challenger Edgar Puerta (25-12-1, 19) in Mexico.
On paper this was a slight step up for Giyasov as a professional, with Puerta having been a once very serviceable Lightweight and Super Featherweight contender even challenging the then WBC Supr Featherweight champion Takashi Miura in late 2014.
Whilst once a good contender Puerta's recent form, and his 36 year old body, suggested that he wasn't going to be the fighter he once was, and coming in to this he had gone 2-7 in his previous 9, with losses to the likes of Miura, Mickey Roman and Humberto Soto.
That recent form summed up his performance here. He looked old, slow and sluggish. He struggled to land anything of value and was used as a bit of a punch bag at times by the talented Giyasov, who showed some respect to Puerta but seemed to be on the front foot from the opening moments.
In round 5 a tired looking Puerta was losing beginning to take more punishment and was even being mocked by Giyasov at times, as the Uzbek began to use the Mexican for target practice. Puerta corner knew their man was just going to get more beaten up so waved the towel, and saved their man, who was on the ropes at the time.
Earlier today we saw an announcement that Olympic silver medal winner Shakhram Giyasov (6-0, 5) [Shahram G‘iyosov] would be returning to the ring on February 23rd in Mexico, reports in Uzbekistan are stating February 24th but that's February 24th in Tashkent.
The fight, which has been announced at very short notice, will see Giyasov battle against Mexican veteran Edgar Puerta (25-11-1, 19), who is best known for losses to the likes of Takashi Miura and Miguel Roman.
The bout will be held in Tijuana though specific details aren't clear.
Although not yet confirmed for the Brandon Rios Vs Humberto Soto broadcast, it does seem likely that this will be shown on DAZN in the US, as part of he relationship between Matchroom and World of Boxing, who have agreed a very powerful working relationship.
Last week Dmitry Bivol (15-0, 11) [дмитрий бивол] had his bout with Joe Smith Jr (24-2, 20) confirmed for March 9th in Verona, New York, though there was some question marks about who else would be on the card.
Today Olamsport essentially confirmed that Olympic silver medal winner Shakhram Giyasov (6-0, 5) [Shahram G‘iyosov] would be on the show.
The Uzbek news outlet explained that the highly touted Giyasov had left Uzbekistan to continue his training in the US ahead of his bout on that show, though didn't reveal who he would be facing on the card.
We're hoping that more top Uzbeks will be on the show, though it's unclear still despite several originally being rumoured for the show.
(Image courtesy of Olamsport)
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