At the 2016 Rio games Uzbekistan were the most successful team, claiming a total of 7 medals. Whilst it was a great success story for the team it was a disappointment for professional fight fans as Uzbek's rare turn professional and it looked like a lot of talent was going to be left outside of the professional ranks.
Earlier tonight however we saw the professional debut of one of those gold medal winning Uzbeks, Fazliddin Gaibnazarov (1-0, 1), the Olymipic champion at the 64KG Light Welterweight division and the man who had also claimed a Silver medal at the World and Asian Championships in 2015.
On debut the talented Uzbek was up against little known American Victor Vazquez (7-3, 3) in what seemed like a straight forward bout on pape for such an accomplished amateur star.
Instead of being straight forward that were a surprise early in the bout as Gaibnazarov was dropped in the opening seconds of the contest. A huge surprised to all including the Uzbek. Despite the knockdown the 25 year old didn't look hurt, more embarassed and it showed as he decided to use his skills and went on to work his into the bout during the rest of the round, actually relying on what had made him such a great fight in unpaid ranks.
The Uzbeks' success continued in round 2 as he began to take over, before dropping Vazquez, who struggled to his feet but was stopped as he rose to his feet.
Although a lot will be made of Gaibnazarov being dropped on his debut, more should be made of his ability to recover and stay calm, something he did before stoppign Vazquez. He showed enough to be excited about, but there is certainly a lot more that needs to be seen before people get too excited in the man from Bekabad.
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