Earlier today Sports.uz reported that Uzbek Heavyweight fighter Bakhodir Jalolov (7-0, 7) [Баҳодир Жалолов] is open to fighting as a professional again early in 2021, despite being set to compete in the Tokyo Olympics.
The 6'7" Jalolov, one of the favourites to take home gold at the belated Tokyo games, is reported training in the US at the moment and explained to the Sports.Uz that if a bout is organised, he would fight.
Of course things aren't that simple, and Jalolov did explain that the bout would likely need to take place in either the US or in Mexico, and that there was no clear plan or a scheduled bout currently in the works. He's open to fighting, if given the opportunity, but it seems very much like the Olympics is his key focus.
With that in mind we suspect that if Jalolov does indeed fight as a professional before the Olympics it would be against a very low level opponent, and would be fought as a warm up bout prior to the games, rather than as an actual test. If that happens we would expect him to face someone similar to Wilfredo Leal, who he blasted out in a round back in December, rather than someone who poses any qustions at all.
ast night in Mexico there was two notable Uzbek prospects in action picking up their latest wins in very key fashion.
One of those Uzbek fighters was Lightweight hopeful Elnur Abduraimov (6-0, 6) [Элнур Абдураимов], who faced the previously unbeaten Abraham Oliva (4-1, 3), and blew him out in spectacular fashion.
The bout was less than a round in when Abduraimov landed a big left hand up top, dropping the Mexican in very ugly fashion, with his legs bending underneath him. This was a brutal 1-punch KO and one of the best finishes of the weekend. Sadly for the Uzbek this is his first professional bout since May 2019, and his career really has slowed in the professional ranks after 5 fights in 8 months, from September 2018 to May 2019. It also didn't help that the end it was on was a very, very low key one in Mexico.
Despite being inactive in the pros Abduraimov has been busy in the amateurs.
The other Uzbek on the show was highly regarded Heavyweight hopeful Bakhodir Jalolov (7-0, 7) [Баҳодир Жалолов], who defeated the very poor and out of shape Wilfrido Leal (10-18-3, 8) inside a round. Leal didn't look like he should have been allowed in the ring and Jalolov proved that he didn't want to waste time in his first professional bout since April 2019. As with his countryman Jalolov has has been very active in the amateurs since his last professional bout,
Earlier this year we saw the World Amateur Championships take place. The tournament was a controversial one in some circles, especially with the WBC who seemed to want to complain about various part of the tournament, but a very successful one for Uzbekistan, with 5 boxers taking home medals including 3 gold medal winners.
Those medal winners, as well as medal winners in several other international sporting events, have been given financial rewards by the Uzbek president, through the Uzbek Ministry of Physical Education and Sports.
Among those rewarded were the gold medal winners, Super Heavyweight champion Bakhodir Jalolov, who was widely regarded as the best boxer at the tournament, Mirazizbek Mirzakhalilov and Shakhobidin Zoirov. This trio have been given the equivalent of $12,000.
The Silver medal winner, Dilshodbek Ruzmetov won $6,000 and bronze medal winner Bobo-Usmon Baturov claimed $3,000.
The financial certainly aren't huge, but they were certainly incentives to win, and few can complain about professionals, like Jalolov, taking part with that type of incentive for taking home a gold medal.
Yesterday, at the Sony Hall in New York, there was two different Uzbek fighters in action, both of whom picked up wins.
The most notable of those was Uzbek Heavyweight hopeful Bakhodir Jalolov (6-0, 6), who stopped 37 year old American Brendan Barrett (7-3-2, 5) in the opening round.
The victory saw Jalolov winning his first title, the the lightly regarded NABF Junior Heavyweight title.
As well as the big man at Heavyweight the event also saw a win for Hurshidbek Normatov (8-0, 3) who took a a clear 6 round decision win over American Calvin Metcalf (9-2-1, 2), with scores of 60-53 from all 3 judges.
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Yesterday in California fight fans were able to see unbeaten Uzbek Heavyweight hopeful Bakhodir Jalolov (5-0, 5) extend his perfect record, as he scored a stoppage win over American foe Willie Harvey (3-2-1, 3).
The unbeaten man was originally scheduled to face former WBA Cruiserweight challenger Santander Silgado (28-6, 22), though Silgado was replaced at late notice by Harvey. Sadly the change of opponent was a huge downgrade and Harvey was stopped in the second round.
Now we know that Jalolov will return to the ring on April 10th, but his opponent is unknown for that bout.
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