By - George Delis (@Delisketo)
-Sergey Kuzmin (14-0): WBA #7 / IBF #11 / WBC #15
Kuzmin won the WBA Intercontinental title last year, after he defeated David Price (23-6), and defended it for the first time against LaRon Mitchell (16-2). He fights Joey Dawejko (19-6) on March 9.
-Alexander Povetkin (34-2): WBA #9 / WBC #7
The former Olympic & World champion is rumored to be facing Usyk in the future, though will return in May.
-Aleksei Egorov (7-0): 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). Egorov faces Thomas Oosthuizen (28-2) on March 23rd in Russia.
-Dmitry Kudryashov (23-2): WBC #5
The former WBC Silver & WBA International champion is expected to fight again in the upcoming months.
-Murat Gassiev (26-1): WBO #7 / IBF #6 / WBA #5 / WBC #1
No news yet on the return of the former WBA & IBF World champion although he is expected to come back at some point in 2019.
-Yury Kashinsky (17-0): WBO #5 / IBF #4 / WBA #4 / WBC #8
Kashinsky continued his undefeated streak in 2018, adding 2 more victories to his record.
-Ruslan Fayfer (23-1): IBF #8
Ruslan ended 2018 with a 1-1 record.
-Umar Salamov (23-1): WBO #5 / WBA #7
Salamov won the WBO International as well as the IBF North American championships in 2018.
-Fedor Chudinov (18-2): IBF #6 / WBA #2 / WBC #7
Fedor is supposed to defend his WBA International title either in March or April.
-Azizbek Abdugofurov (12-0): WBC #6
Abdugofurov won the WBC Silver title last year, after defeating Dmitrii Chudinov (21-4).
-Gennady Golovkin (38-1): WBO #1 / WBA #1 / WBC #1 / IBF #11
GGG is expected to sign with DAZN soon.
-Magomed Madiev (12-0): WBA #4
Madiev remained undefeated in 2018 while also winning the WBA Asia title.
-Bakhram Murtazaliev (15-0): WBO #5 / IBF #10
Murtazaliev successfully defended his WBC United States championship for the first time, on February 2nd, against Elvin Ayala (29-13).
-Aram Amirkhanyan (12-0): WBO #7
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 #7 / WBC #12
The former WBO International & Intercontinental champion earned a unanimous decision victory over Damian Ezequiel Bonelli (23-6) on February 22nd.
-Israil Madrimov (1-0): WBA #9
One of the most accomplished amateur Uzbek boxers (Asian Games Gold Medalist & World Championships Silver Medalist) made his successful pro debut in 2018. He takes on Frank Rojas (24-2) on March 9.
-Qudratillo Abduqaxorov (15-0): IBF #4 / WBC #5 / WBO #11
The undefeated former WBC Silver champion will go up against the 2 time WBO Asia Pacific champion Keita Obara (20-3), in an IBF world title eliminator, on March 30.
-Alexander Besputin (12-0): IBF #8 / WBA #1
The 2013 European champion expanded his winning streak to 12 in 2018 and also gained the USBA title. His next fight will take place on April 12. (Opponent TBA)
- Radzhab Butaev (10-0): WBA #8
The accomplished Russian amateur boxer will go up against 51 fight veteran Lanardo Tyner (35-14) on March 8.
-Batyr Akhmedov (5-0): WBA #2
Akhmedov won the vacant WBA Intercontinental title, back in March of 2018. His first defense was against former interim WBA World Lightweight champion Ismael Barroso (20-3) in August.
-Shohjahon Ergashev (16-0): WBA #4 / IBF #7
The WBA International champion returned to the ring, on February 15, against then undefeated boxer Mykal Fox (19-1).
-Georgi Chelokhsaev (16-1): WBO #6
Chelokhsaev won the Eurasian title this past November.
-Maxim Dadashev (12-0): IBF #4 / WBC #7
Top Rank fighter Dadashev takes on Ricky Sismundo (25-12) on March 23rd.
-Eduard Troyanovsky (27-2): WBA #7 / WBC #8
The former World champion failed to capture the WBA title this past October.
-Roman Andreev (22-0): WBO #1 / IBF #4
The undefeated former WBO European & Intercontinental champion is next in line to face the winner of Lomachenko/Crolla for the WBO title.
-Zaur Abdullaev (11-0): WBC #2
The WBC Silver title holder stopped Humberto Martinez (33-9) on February 22nd.
-Shavkat Rakhimov (13-0): IBF #7 / WBC #4
Rakhimov is scheduled to defend his IBO belt against Rofhiwa Maemu (18-7) on March 23.
- Akzhol Sulaimanbek Uulu (13-0): WBA #8
Sulaimanbek won the WBA Asia title in 2018 and has already marked 2 successful title defenses. He will make his third one on March 23rd against Pipat Chaiporn (45-12) in Russia.
-Denis Shafikov (40-4): IBF #8
Shafikov fought Gaybatulla Gadzhialiev (6-1), on February 9t, to a draw.
-Tugstsogt Nyambayar (11-0): IBF #7 / WBC #1
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).
-Murodjon Akhmadaliev (5-0): WBA #1
The 2016 Olympic Bronze Medalist made his pro debut last year and amassed 5 victories (4 stoppages) as well as the WBA Intercontinental championship.
-Nikolai Potapov (19-1): WBO #6 / IBF #13
Potapov will compete on March 30 in Russia. (Opponent TBA).
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