Just over a week ago we reported that WBO Oriental Flyweight champion Olimjon Nazarov (25-5, 14) would be in action on February 27th in Vietnam. Over the last day or so his opponent for that bout has now been announced.
The world ranked ranked Uzbek Flyweight contender will be up against 26 year old Filipino Ricardo Sueno (10-4-4, 3), who was last seen in the ring in December 2019. The most recent bout for Sueno saw him lose a decision to rising Japanese star Taku Kuwahara, in what was his second loss of 2019 following an opening round TKO to Thanongsak Simsri.
Although he has lost 2 of his last 4 Sueno isn't a push over and has scored decent wins himself against the likes of Diomel Diocos and Ryosuke Nasu.
Aged 35 Nazarov is an old man for the Flyweight division, but he is banging on the door for a potential WBO world title fight following 12 successive wins. Those wins have seen him turn his career around and he'll be desperate to keep the wins coming here.
Whilst it's not the most exciting of bouts it's certainly not an awful one and should see Nazarov being asked questions by Sueno.
Earlier today Sports.Uz, an Uzbek website covering sports, reported that a trio of Uzbek fighters signed to South Korean promotional outfit Cocky Buffalo were preparing to compete on a show set for February 27th in Co Chi Mihn City in Vietnam.
The fighters mentioned in the report were WBO Oriental Flyweight champion Olimjon Nazarov (25-5, 14), Abdurasul Ismoilov (8-1, 5) and Ravshanbek Shermatov (5-1, 2).
Although the three aren't well known outside of Asia the fighters are all fairly notable.
The experienced Nazarov is banging on the door of a WBO world title fight, and is currently ranked #5 at Flyweight. The 35 year old has been in good form recently and has won his last 12 in a row, including notching victories over Ivan Soriano, Kongfah Nakornluang and Orlie Silvestre, to climb up the rankings. Sadly however he is now 35, and for a Flyweight that is legitimately ancient.
The 24 year old Ismoilov is a well regarded Lightweight prospect who has bounced back from a 2019 upset loss to Hang Kil Kim in South Korea, and has won his last 2, including a good win over Adones Aguelo last February. He's a long way from a world title fight, but with just 9 bouts behind him he is certainly one to keep an eye out for.
Shermatov is a 25 year old Bantamweight hopeful who looked to be progressing nicely with his career until he ran into Korean prospect Jong Seon Kang, who stopped the Uzbek in 4 rounds. Since that loss he has fought twice, picking up 2 wins, but didn't look like a top prospect in the making.
At the time of writing the trio haven't had their opponents named for the show, though we suspect that will happen in due course, along with details regarding the rest of the bouts on the show.
Yesterday Uzbek website Sportz.uz posted a bout list for a show that has been seemingly been given the green light by the Korea Boxing Commission. That isn't too interesting, until we look into the show in a little more depth.
The first thing of real note is that the card will take place in Cambodia, on February 29th, making it the first professional boxing show in the country in over 4 years! That alone is something that is really notable to us.
Going through the bout list we see other things that are fairly notable, in regards to the fighters on the card and the match ups we'll be getting.
One of the bouts that really piqued our interest was a planned bout between once beaten Uzbek hopeful Abdurasul Ismoilov (7-1, 4) and Filipino veteran Adones Aguelo (33-20-2, 23), who will be in an 8 round bout at Lightweight.
Although Ismoilov Vs Aguelo looks a mismatch on paper it should serve as a good test for Ismoilov who will be fighting for the second time this year, following a blow out win in January against Nuomin.
Another bout that really interested us from the bout list pits WBO Oriental Flyweight champion Olimjon Nazarov (20-5, 11) against Filipino foe Orlie Silvestre (15-5-2, 8), in what should be a very fun bout between two limited fringe contenders.
Whilst the card isn't a big one it's great to see Cocky Buffalo keeping their fighters active and being a promoter who are willing to experiment with where shows take place. They have held shows in Vietnam, South Korea and Uzbekistan and to add Cambodia to that list is interesting, as they look to lay down roots in countries that haven't got a strong professional boxing scene.
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