According to reports in the Uzbek media today the highly touted Shakhram Giyasov (6-0, 5) [Shahram G‘iyosov] will be fighting in Tashkent, at the 34,000 seater Milliy Stadium.
The Uzbek fighter has had an excellent 2018, fighting 6 times in the year, beating notable foes like Albert Mensah, Julio Laguna and Miguel Zamudio.
Although regarded as a top Uzbek prospect he's yet to actually fight as a professional in his native homeland, where he's expected to spend the new year. He has fought in the UK and the US, actually fighting in Wembley for one of those fights, so to see him make a home coming next year will be huge news for the Uzbek boxing scene.
Interestingly there's not been a date mentioned for the fight, but the suspicion is that the bout will take place on a major show, which may feature several other Uzbek's in high profile bouts, thanks to the backing of Giyasov's promoter World of Boxing, who also promote fellow Uzbek's Isrial Madrimov (1-0, 1) [Isroil Madrimov] and Murodjon Akhmadaliev (5-0, 4) [Ахмадалиев, Муроджон Кахарович].
We're expecting more on this story in January as the plans begin to develop for the show.
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Earlier today 2016 Olympic Silver medal winner Shakhram Giyasov (6-0, 5) [Shahram G‘iyosov] met with Dilmurod Nabiev, the Uzbek Minister of Physical Culture and Sports and was recognised for his achievements,
The unbeaten fighter, regarded as one of the best prospects in the sport, was awarded the badge of "Physical training and sport" from Mr Nabiev, due to his in ring achievements and the way he has increased the popularity of boxing in his homeland.
(Image courtesy of sports.uz)
This past weekend we saw 2016 Olympic Silver medal winner Shakhram Giyasov (6-0, 5) [Shahram G‘iyosov] score an opening round win over Miguel Zamudio (41-12-1, 25), in what was supposed to be a test for the unbeaten Uzbek.
In the days following the fight he had time to speak with Uzbek sports website Sports.uz and revealed some interesting information about his future. The most interesting of which was how quickly his team believe he will be ready for a world title fight.
The fighter himself is quoted as telling the Uzbek site, "we plan to take part in the World Cup bout after two or three more matches, " essentially confirming the fast track that he's on. Maybe not quite as quick as that of stablemate Murodjon Akhmadaliev (5-0, 4) [Ахмадалиев, Муроджон Кахарович], but not much slower.
At the moment it's unclear when he'll fight next but it seems likely that Giyasov will be out early in 2019, and may, if the plan comes to fruition, be fighting for a world title by the end of next year!
Earlier today, 2016 Olympic Silver medal winner Shakhram Giyasov (6-0, 5) [Shahram G‘iyosov] took part in a cameo as he dismantled highly experienced Miguel Zamudio (41-12-1, 25) inside a round.
Zamudio was dropped within seconds of the bout beginning. He got back to his feet but was on the receiving end of a brutal assault from Giyasov who trapped Zamudio on the ropes and unloaded with head and body shots. Zamudio would survive through the onslaught before taking a hard low blow that sent him down. He ended up taking most of the 5 minutes he was allowed to take, to recover from the low blow, before the bout resumed.
Sadly for Zamudio the resumption of the fight didn't really help him out as Giyasov went back on the offensive and would drop Zamudio again, this time in the neutral corner, before the referee waved the bout off.
Although Zamudio really wasn't much of a test, it was a good chance for Giyasov to showcase his ability, his movement, and his variation in punches, which really is impressive.
Hopefully 2019 will see Giyasov take on better tests than this, he has the skills and amateur pedigree to be fast tracked into title contention. He still has areas to improve, and he can look a little wild at times, but the reality is that he's yet to get out of second gear as a professional. He really is a phenomenal talent.
Later today we'll see outstanding Uzbek prospect Shakhram Giyasov (5-0, 4) [Shahram G‘iyosov] take on the highly experienced Miguel Zamudio (41-11-1, 25) in the US. Yesterday the two men took part in their weigh in, and both came in just over the Light Welterweight limit.
The touted Giyasov was the slightly lighter man, weighing in at 141.25lbs and looking ripped. The 27 year old Zamudio looked fleshy and weighed in at 142.25lbs.
This bout is scheduled to go 6 round,s though given Giyasov's power and amateur background we're expecting him to stop Zamudio, who has already been beaten inside the distance 9 times from his 11 losses. If he does that, as expected, then we would expect to see Giyasov in title bouts early next year.
(Image courtesy of David Spagnolo Main Events/World of Boxing)
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