Over the weekend MTK Global announced that they had signed 21 year old Tajik Olympic hopeful Bakhodur Usmonov (0-0).
According to a statement made by MTK the plan is for the youngster to continue to compete in the amateurs until after the 2020 Olympics before fully committing to the professional scene.
The youngster has had a great year, highlighted by winning gold at the ASBC Asian Boxing Championship back in April, in Thailand. He's expected to build on that success in 2020, where he is regarded as a medal hopeful, before looking to become of the few Tajik fighters to make a real mark on the pro-scene.
Even waiting for the Olympics won't be much of issue for Usmonov given his youth and it's going to be really exciting to see how far he goes under the guidance of MTK, who continue to snap up fighters from Central Asia. Although Usmonov is the first Tajik to sign with MTK he does join a number of Kazakh and Uzbek fighters as the stable continues to grow in the region. We suspect more fighters from the region will join with MTK in the new year as they look to become one of the regions biggest players.
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