Back in November we reported that Shohjahon Ergashev (14-0, 13) [Шохжахон Эргашев] was looking to return to the ring on December 14th for a bout in Krasnodar, Russia. Today that bout was confirmed, with his opponent being announced as Ugandan puncher Badru Lusambya (26-4-2, 24), not the originally touted Edelson dos Santos Silva (17-0, 14) of Brazil.
Ergashev really came to prominence earlier this year, stopping the then 18-0 Sonny Fredrickson in January. Since then he has seen his reputation grow, and grow, adding 3 more wins since that bout, including a decision win over Chinese fighter Wang Zhimin. That growth has seen his base boom, and the hope going forward seems to be that he will move towards a world title fight sooner rather than later.
The heavy handed Lusambya is a 36 year old from Kampala, and is dubbed "Mr Crush". He#s been a professional since 2002 and has fought mostly in Uganda, though has had a number of fights outside of his homeland. These have included bouts in the UK, Kenya, Azerbaijan and Ghana. Notably he has been stopped in two of his bouts outside of Uganda, losing in 2 rounds to Englishman Craig Watson and 8 rounds to Azeri Fariz Mammadov.
According to several Uzbek sources we'll see Uzbek prospect Shohjahon Ergashev (14-0, 13) [Шохжахон Эргашев] return to the ring on December 14th in Krasnodar, Russia.
The unbeaten Uzbek hopeful hasn't had his opponent confirmed as of yet, but the opponent they are negotiating with is Brazilian 36 year old Edelson dos Santos Silva (17-0, 14).
Ergashev, who really broke on to the scene this year when he stopped the then 18-0 Sonny Fredrickson back in January, has gone 4-0 (3) this year, claimed the WBA International Light Welterweight title and was last seen in the ring on November 10th stopping the awfully over-matched Zack Ramsey in 69 seconds. He is quickly rising through the ranks as a top prospect at 140lbs but we are hoping to see him step up notably in 2019.
The Brazilian made his debut in 2005, but took almost 7 years away from the ring between 2010 and 2017. He has fought once outside Brazil, beating the debutant Steven La Salle in 2009, but this is a huge step up in class.
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Later today we'll see Uzbek prospect Shohjahon Ergashev (13-0, 12) [Шохжахон Эргашев] face off with American 29 year old Zack Ramsey (8-4, 2) in Chicago.
Yesterday the two men went through their weigh in and sadly we weren't given the specific weights of the two men, though we have been informed that both men made the agreed weight for their 8 round bout.
Whilst the specific weights weren't made clear it is very obvious from looking at a photo of the two men that they were both in great shape for their bout, which will be part of the WBSS under-card, and is expected to be streamed internationally on the WBSS Youtube channel. Sadly the WBSS Youtube channel didn't stream the weigh in for the bout, though did do the weigh in for the two main bouts on the card.
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Earlier today it was confirmed by several Uzbek sources that Shohjahon Ergashev (13-0, 12) [Шохжахон Эргашев] will be returning to the ring in Chicago on November 10th. It will be his 4th fight of the year and will see him facing off with American 29 year old Zack Ramsey (8-4, 2).
Originally the planned seemed to be for Ergashev to fight on November 17th but his bout has been pulled forward, with the fighter telling one source that he will only get 2 days to get fully ready, suggesting that even he wasn't fully award of the fight.
Ergashev impressed earlier this year, when he stopped the then 18-0 Sonny Fredrickson, and then added notable wins over Wang Zhimin, for the WBA International Light Welterweight title, and Juma Waswa. Sadly Ramsey is a step back from those 3 opponents, but it will allow him to tick over as we head into the new year.
Ramsey has lost his last 3 bouts, and has won just 1 of his last 5 contests, suggesting he's not much of a threat for the Uzbek.
Earlier today our Uzbek sources informed us that unbeaten Uzbek prospect Shohjahon Ergashev (13-0, 12) [Шохжахон Эргашев] was set to return to the ring on November 17th in Atlantic City.
At the moment the specifics of the bout, such as Ergashev's opponent and length of bout, are unknown but it will be his 4th bout of the year, following notable victories over Sonny Fredrickson in January, Zhimin Wang in April and Juma Waswa in August. Those wins have seen him come from relative obscurity to being one of the most must watch Uzbek prospects, with an exciting style and a real sense of flair in the ring.
At the moment it's unclear whether or not Ergashev's bout will be televised, but it does appear that the bout will be part of a Showtime card featuring Claressa Shields (6-0, 2). Originally the unbeaten American fighter was supposed to fight unbeaten German based Kazakh Christina Hammer (23-0-0-1, 10), though Hammer has had to pull out of the bout on medical grounds.
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