New York, New York, USA
There isn't much Asian action this coming Saturday but we do see one very notable prospect in action in New York.
That prospect is Uzbek fighter Fazliddin Gaibnazarov (3-0, 1), who claimed a gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics. The talented Uzbek, who was dropped in his very first round as a professional, has claimed 3 wins since beginning his career in the paid ranked in April 2014 and will be looking to extend that winning run here against Jesus Silveira (8-5-2, 3). Although very talented the Uzbek has got questions over his chin and power as a professional, but has been matched tough and that's the case again here against someone who has never been stopped and should take the Olympic champion to the final bell, again, here.
In a less interesting bout we'll see 21 year old Azeri prospect Rufat Huseynov (2-0, 2) battle against professional loser Gabriel Braxton (2-22, 1), who hasn't scored a win in over 3 years and has lost his last 15 in a row. We understand Huseynov doesn't need to be fast tracked, but this is very slow progression for the youngster who had his first two bouts against win-less opponents, so we guess this is a minor step up, but only just.
Another Kazakh in action is Shyngyskhan Tazhibay (6-0, 2), who looks to kick start his career, which has faltered and been really frustrating so far. The unbeaten 26 year old made his debut in July 2015 and hasn't really moved beyond fighting in preliminary bouts yet. His opponent for this bout hasn't been announced, so we're not expecting to see any type of notable opponent here for him, instead another straight forward win, and potentially his 5th straight decision victory.
In Canada fans will be able to see Indian novice Sukhdeep Singh Bhatti (1-0, 1) fight in his second professional bout, as he takes on fellow novice Abraham Medina (2-2, 2). The 25 year old Bhatti made his debut this past March and is staying busy with a second fight in less than 2 months. Medina has lost his last 2 and we suspect he'll lose again here, but he has proven to be dangerous with both of his wins coming inside the distance.