By - George Delis (@Delisketo)
-Alexander Povetkin (34-2): WBC #7 / WBA #10
The former Olympic & World champion may be facing Oleksandr Usyk (16-0), after the Ukranian’s return from injury.
-Evgeny Romanov (12-0): WBO #10
Romanov knocked Dillon Carman (14-4) out this past February in order to become the inaugural WBO Global champion.
-Sergey Kuzmin (14-0): WBA #7 / IBF #9 / WBC #15
Kuzmin won the WBA Intercontinental title last year, after he defeated David Price (24-6), and defended it for the first time against LaRon Mitchell (16-2). He marked his second one on March 9 against Joey Dawejko (19-7).
-Aleksei Egorov (8-0): WBA #7
The 2013 European champion added 3 more wins to his record in 2018, including one over former world title challenger Lateef Kayode (21-4). He fought Thomas Oosthuizen (28-3) on March 23rd in Russia.
-Dmitry Kudryashov (23-2): WBC #5
The former WBC Silver & WBA International champion is now the mandatory challenger for Yves Ngabu’s (20-0) EBU European title.
-Murat Gassiev (26-1): WBC #1 WBA #5 / IBF #6 / WBO #14
The former WBA & IBF World champion, who recently signed with Matchroom, has decided to make the jump to heavyweight. His 1st potential opponent could either be Manuel Charr (31-4), interim WBA World Heavyweight champion Trevor Bryan (20-0) or Adam Kownacki (19-0).
-Maxim Vlasov (42-3): WBO #8
Vlasov will compete in his 1st match since losing in the opening round of the WBSS, on May 19, against Lenin Castillo (20-2).
-Yury Kashinsky (17-0): IBF #4 / WBA #4 / WBO #5 / WBC #8
Kashinsky continued his undefeated streak in 2018, adding 2 more victories to his record.
-Ruslan Fayfer (23-1): IBF #9 / WBC #13
Ruslan will return to the ring on May 19.
-Umar Salamov (24-1): WBO #4 / WBA #6
Salamov successfully defended the WBO International title against Norbert Dabrowski (22-8) on April 18.
-Igor Mikhalkin (22-2): WBC #2
The former WBO Intencontinental & EBU European champion finds himself back in the world rankings, despite not being active since September of last year.
-Fedor Chudinov (19-2): WBA #3 / IBF #6 / WBC #6
The former WBA World champion returned after 8 months of inactivity and defeated Wuzhati Nuerlang (11-3) on March 23rd. He will now face Rafael Bejaran (26-3) for the vacant WBA Continental title, on May 16, in Russia.
-Aidos Yerbossynuly (11-0): WBA #10
The Kazakh defeated Lukas Ndafoluma (15-2) on March 24, to become the WBA International champion. Aidos already holds the WBO Global & WBC Asia Continental titles.
-Azizbek Abdugofurov (12-0): WBC #5
Abdugofurov won the WBC Silver title last year.
-Gennady Golovkin (38-1): WBO #1 / WBA #1 / WBC #1 / IBF #3
Triple G’s first fight since losing to Canelo will be against Steve Rolls (19-0) on June 8.
-Magomed Madiev (12-0): WBA #5
Madiev remained undefeated in 2018 while also winning the WBA Asia title.
-Bakhram Murtazaliev (16-0): WBO #4 / IBF #10
Murtazaliev successfully defended his WBC United States championship against Elvin Ayala (29-13) this past February. He then scored a first round finish of Bruno Leonardo Romay (21-7) on April 18.
-Aram Amirkhanyan (12-0): WBO #6 / WBA #8
Amirkhanyan earned his biggest victory to date against Khuseyn Baysangurov (14-1), this past December, to become the unified WBO International, WBA Continental & IBF International champion.
-Magomed Kurbanov (17-0): IBF #3 / WBA #9 / WBC #10
The former WBO International & Intercontinental champion earned a unanimous decision victory over Damian Ezequiel Bonelli (23-6) on February 22nd.
-Israil Madrimov (2-0): WBA #7
One of the most accomplished amateur Uzbek boxers (Asian Games Gold Medalist & World Championships Silver Medalist) made his successful pro debut in 2018. Madrimov’s second fight took place on March 9, where he knocked Frank Rojas (24-3) out in just 2 rounds, with the WBA Intercontinental title on the line.
-Kudratillo Abduqaxorov (16-0): IBF #1 / WBC #4 / WBO #9
The undefeated former WBC Silver champion earned a decision win over the 2 time WBO Asia Pacific champion Keita Obara (20-4), in an IBF world title eliminator, on March 30.
-Sergey Lipinets (15-1): IBF #7
Lipinets earned a significant victory, on March 24th, against 2 division World champion Lamont Peterson (35-5) after he stopped him in the 10th round.
-David Avanesyan (24-3): WBC #8
The former interim WBA World title holder TKOed Kerman Lejarraga (27-1), to become the EBU European champion, on March 30.
-Alexander Besputin (13-0): WBA #1 / IBF #5
The 2013 European champion defended his USBA title for the second time against Alfredo Blanco (20-8) on April 12.
-Radzhab Butaev (11-0): WBA #6
The accomplished Russian amateur boxer knocked out 50 plus fight veteran Lanardo Tyner (35-15) on March 8. His latest win took place on May 3rd against Sliverio Ortiz (37-25).
-Nursultan Zhangabayev (7-0): WBA #10
Zhangabayev won the vacant WBA Intercontinental championship after defeating Matute (28-2) on March 24.
-Batyr Akhmedov (6-0): WBA #2
After stopping former interim WBA World Lightweight champion Ismael Barroso (21-3), Akhmedov successfully kicked 2019 off, with a victory over Viktor Plotnikov (33-6) back in Russia.
-Shohjahon Ergashev (16-0): WBA #4 / IBF #7
The former WBA International champion returned to the ring on February 15, defeating Mykal Fox (19-1).
-Maxim Dadashev (13-0): IBF #4 / WBC #5
Unbeaten Top Rank fighter Dadashev earned his 11th stoppage win over Ricky Sismundo (25-13) on March 23rd.
-Georgi Chelokhsaev (16-1): WBO #7
Chelokhsaev won the Eurasian title in 2018.
-Eduard Troyanovsky (27-2): WBC #7 / WBA #8
The former World champion failed to capture the WBA title last year.
-Roman Andreev (22-0): WBO #1 / IBF #11
The undefeated Russian top contender will be fighting former WBO Super Lightweight World champion DeMarcus Corley (51-33) on May 16.
-Zaur Abdullaev (11-0): WBC #2
The WBC Silver title holder stopped Humberto Martinez (33-9) on February 22nd.
-Shavkat Rakhimov (14-0): WBC #5 / IBF #6
Rakhimov marked his 3rd IBO title defense, against Rofhiwa Maemu (18-8), on March 23rd.
-Akzhol Sulaimanbek Uulu (14-0): WBA #6
Sulaimanbek stopped Pipat Chaiporn (46-13) in Russia, to defend his WBA Asia championship.
-Denis Shafikov (40-4): IBF #9
Shafikov fought Gaybatulla Gadzhialiev (6-1), this past February, to a draw.
-Tugstsogt Nyambayar (11-0): WBC #1 / IBF #8
The 2012 Olympic Silver Medalist recently defeated Claudio Marrero (23-3) to earn the vacant IBO belt. Prior to that, Nyambayar stopped 2 division champion Oscar Escandon (25-5). He’s now next in line to face the winner of Gary Russell & Kiko Martinez for the WBC title.
-Murodjon Akhmadaliev (6-0): WBA #2
The 2016 Olympic Bronze Medalist made his pro debut last year and has already amassed 6 victories (5 stoppages) as well as the WBA Intercontinental title. He is now targeting the unified WBA & IBF World champion Daniel Roman (27-2).
-Nikolai Potapov (20-1): WBO #4 / IBF #11
Potapov fought on March 30, scoring another win, this time against Adam Mbega (9-2).
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