Big punching Uzbek destroyer Bektemir Melikuziev (3-0, 3) steps up again this coming Friday when he battles against experienced American foe Vaughn Alexander (15-3, 9). This is a very good step forward for Melikuziev, who only made his debut in June, and it's a good statement from his team that they intend to be fighting tougher and tougher bouts. The contest will be for a regional WBA bauble, and the intention is for the Uzbek to begin to crash into the rankings. Alexander isn't a world class name but the 34 year old is rugged, gave Janibek Alimkhanuly some resistance last year and upset Money Powell IV back in August. This shouldn't be a walk over, but we suspect Melikuziev will make it look like one.