Earlier this week our great friend Jalol Akhmedov reported that unbeaten Uzbek prospect, and 3-time Uzbek national champion, Abdulkhay Sharakhmatov (2-0, 2) is planning to return to the ring in February in Poland.
The talented 24 year old, who is listed as 1-0 (1) on Boxrec due to Boxrec not recognising the body that he fought under back in November, was supposed to fight in the UK in early 2021. Sadly however those plans have been cancelled as boxing in the UK has been paused due to Covid19, with the return of the sport currently unclear in the country.
It should be noted that whilst Sharakhmatov is planning to be back in the ring in February his plans are somewhat fluid and there is a chance his return to the ring will be delayed, and even end up happening elsewhere as the on going pandemic forces plans to change on an almost daily basis at the moment.
The accomplished southpaw made his debut in the Philippines in February 2020 but since then his rise through the ranks has been slowed due to inactivity, though of course it's inactivity caused by the ongoing global situation and not due to an unwillingness to fight. In fact it's fair to say that the Super Bantamweight hopeful would have wanted to be as busy and as active as possible since turning professional.
Former Uzbek amateur standout Abdulkhay Sharakhmatov (1-0, 1) would have had big plans for 2020, and those plans would have been guiding his career when he made his professional debut back in February, stopping Benjie Ebido in the Philippines. Sadly for the Uzbek hopeful those plans failed to materalise in the way he would have hoped given 2020 has been 2020.
Thankfully however it's now been confirmed that Sharakhmatov will be back in action before the end of the year.
The 24 year old Uzbek has been announced for an upcoming Queensberry Polska card, set for November 21st in which will take place at the Gniew Castle in Poland.
Sadly his opponent for this bout has yet to be announced, so we're not expecting a major step up from his debut, but we're glad he's getting a chance to get back in the ring, and hopefully 2021 will be a much, much busier year for the talented Southpaw, who really has got so much promise.
Fingers crossed a quick win here will see him back in the ring in early 2021 and fighting 4 or even 5 times next years as he looks to make up for lost time.
It seems that 2020 is going to be a huge year for former amateur fighters heading to the pros. We've already seen Keisuke Matsumoto [松本圭佑] announce he was turning professional, and then Jasurbek Latipov announced that he would be kicking off his professional career on February 1st.
Now Abdulkhay Sharakhmatov (0-0) is setting sail on his professional journey, with his debut pencilled in for February 8th.
Although not one of the big elite names of the Uzbek scene Sharakhmatov is a 3 time Uzbek national champion, who took home gold at the 2017 Islamic Solidarity Games, in Baku. He also competed in the World Series Boxing, going 6-0, and was in a number of notable international tournaments last year, reaching the final of the well regarded Strandja tournament.
The 23 year old Sharakhmatov, who will be fighting in and around the Super Bantamweight division, is pencilled in to make his debut in the Philippines on February 8th, against Benjie Ebido (0-2).
After the Ebido bout the fighter is expected to fight in the UK, as he's has reportedly signed a contract with British promoter Frank Warren.
A huge thanks to Jalol Akhmedov (who can be followed on twitter @JalolAkhmedov) for bringing the details of Sharakhmatov's debut and promotional contract to our attention.
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