Earlier today Olamsports reported that unbeaten Lightweight prospect Elnur Abduraimov (5-0, 5) [Элнур Абдураимов] had returned to the US to begin his latest training camp.
At the moment it's unclear who Abduraimov will be facing, and when, but it's great to see that his return is being planned, and it seems likely that announcements of who, and when, will be made shortly.
The former amateur standout made his belated debut in September 2018 and fought 3 times by the end of the year. As we headed into 2019 we were really exciting by his potential and activity.
Sadly though momentum was lost in Abduraimov's career in 2019, with the talented youngster fighting just twice as a professional during the year, with the most recent of those bouts coming in May 2019.
Despite not fighting as a professional since May 2019 Abduraimov's not actually been inactive. In fact he's been very busy, fighting in the amateur ranks. He actually qualified for the Tokyo Olympics, winning the Asia/Oceania qualifying competition this past March in Amman, Jordan. It seems likely that the Olympics will be his focus in 2021, but rather than sit on the side he will fight again in the pro ranks to tick over this year, with a US bout part of that process.
Unbeaten Uzbek prospect Elnur Abduraimov (3-0, 3) [Элнур Абдураимов] had a great few months in the second half of 2018, scoring 3 wins in the space of 2 months. It's now been revealed that the unbeaten youngster will return to the ring on March 23rd when he returns to Ekaterinburg in Russia to take on Russian foe Dmitrii Khasiev (8-1-2, 2).
The 24 year old Abduraimov looked sharp, talented and exciting last year, after having had his debut delayed a few times. He will be hoping to build on that early success this year, and on paper Khasiev will be a step up in class for the youngster.
Khasiev is a 24 year old Russian who has never been stopped and last time out he scored a 10 round decision win over Rustem Fatkhullin. It's worth noting that his sole defeat came in 2017 when he was outpointed over 12 rounds by talented Russian based Azeri Elnur Samedov. Given that experience over 10 and 12 rounds he is significantly more experienced than Abduraimov, who has fought just 4 total rounds as a professional.
Earlier today fight fans had the chance to see touted Uzbek prospect Elnur Abduraimov (3-0, 3) [Элнур Абдураимов] fight for the first time out side of the USA, as he took on Brazilian puncher Aelio Mesquita (17-3, 15) in Ekaterinburg, Russia.
The talented Uzbek had made his debut in September and had racked up quick wins on debut and in OCtober, when he fought his second professional bout.
Today we saw more of the same from Abduraimov, who put his opponent under-pressure from the off and forced him on to the ropes, almost from the opening seconds. The Brazilian seemed to focus more on protecting himself than really trying to force the Uzbek to back off, and with little coming back Abduraimov just unloaded on his man in the corner, until Mesquita went down. Mesquita got up from the first knockdown but did little to avoid another, as he again backed on to the ropes and was dropped again, with the referee counting to 10 after less than 2 minutes of the bout.
It seemed like Mesquita essentially knew he was out classed and took the 10 count shaking his head. Not being hugely hurt, but being well beaten by the frighteningly good Uzbek, who will likely fit in one more bout before the end of 2018.
Uzbek prospect Elnur Abduraimov (2-0, 2) [Элнур Абдураимов] revealed over Instagram that he would be back in the ring on November 8th, for his third professional bout.
The talented fighter, who has looked super sharp since making his debut only a few weeks ago, didn't revealed his opponent but did say that the bout would be held at the Fantasty Springs Casino and Resort in Indio California, the same venue that hosted his debut in September and his second professional bout in October.
Although we're not sure who he will be up against, the bout will be part of the support card for Neeco Macias (17-0, 10) bout with Jesus Soto Karass (28-13-4, 18)
Yesterday fight fans in California saw Uzbek prospect Elnur Abduraimov (2-0, 2) [Элнур Абдураимов] record his second win in the space of just a few weeks.
The talented Uzbek, who debuted back on September 29th, faced off with Giovannie Gonzalez (5-3, 5), a late replacement for Jose Salinas, and made very light work of his American foe, who was stopped in the second round of a scheduled 4 rounder.
The unbeaten youngster went low in the opening round but in round 2 he really just demolished the over-matched Gonzalez, who was stopped after being twice in the round. The Uzbek southpaw closed the show in style, with some gorgeous flowing combinations, spiteful straight left hands, and some brutal body shots. Gonzalez knew he was beat at the second knockdown and the referee immediately waved off the contest.
At the moment it's unclear when Abduraimov will be back in the action, though we're hoping it won't be too far off, as he is too exciting and too talented to put on the side for long. Instead he should be keeping active and building from his two early wins.
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