Earlier this week Sports.Uz reported that 2016 Olympic Gold medal winning Uzbek fighter Fazliddin Gaibnazarov (8-1, 5) [Фазлиддин Гаибназаров] has had the details of his next professional bout announced.
The once beaten Uzbek hopeful will be back in the ring on December 5th in Yekaterinburg, Russia, where he will face off with unbeaten Russian foe Igor Adleiba (10-0-1, 4).
Originally the hope was for Gaibnazarov to fight a month earlier, on November 7th, but for whatever reason those plans had to chance and instead the 29 year old has had to wait an extra month for his first, and likely only, bout of 2020.
After winning an Olympic Gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics big things were expected from the Uzbek. Sadly however he has failed to find his groove as a professional and was beaten last year by the awkward Mykal Fox. Since then he has returned to the ring and picked up a win, but it was a very quick, and relatively meaningless, win over Vladyslav Baranov in Almaty.
On paper the 22 year old Adleiba looks like a promising fighter, but his competition to date has been dreadful, and even that poor competition has managed to really test him. That includes Kantemir Kalazhokov, who held Adleiba to a draw in August. Given that result, and others on his record, it really does seem like he shouldn't be too tough for Gaibnazarov.
According to Olamsport the next bout for 2016 Olympic gold medal winner Fazliddin Gaibnazarov (8-1, 5) [Фазлиддин Гаибназаров] is being put together to take place in November in Russia.
Gaibnazarov has given comments to Olamsport stating "If I'm lucky, I'll have my next fight on November 7 in Yekaterinburg," though there was no information regarding his opponent.
The talented Gaibnazarov was last seen in the ring in December 2019, when he stopped Vladyslav Baranov in Almaty. Since then he has been pencilled in for action, though has had bouts cancelled due to the on going global situation.
When he turned professional, doing so with Top Rank, there was big hopes for Gaibnazarov but he seemed to struggle with the professional style from the off. He was dropped in his debut, in 2017, and was matched softly until running into the awkward Mykal Fox in 2019. Fox managed to over-come the Uzbek, who has been unable to rebuild, with the Baranov bout being his only one since that loss.
At the age of 29 there is time for Gaibnazarov to do something with his career, but that time is ticking and he has a lot to do if he's to turn his amateur success into professional success.
Earlier today we were informed that the "Nauryz Fight Night" show, set to take place on March 28th in Almaty, Kazakhstan, will be taking place place behind closed doors due to Coronavirus.
The event organisers have been quoted as saying that the event will definitely go ahead, despite the lack of fans.
Kazakhstan recently announced that they would be stopping mass gatherings, which seemingly would have effected this show. Rather than cancelling, something that MTK Kazakhstan heady Askar Salykbaev was dead set against, the event will be fought behind closed doors, though is still expected to be shown through ESPN, IFLTV and QazSport TV.
The card is set to feature Zhankosh Turarov (24-0, 17) [Жанкош Тураров] taking on Alexander Duran (20-0, 7), Muhammad Waseem (10-1, 7) battling former European champion Ryan Farrag (20-4, 5) and bouts featuring Abay Tolesh (5-0, 3) [Абай Толеш], 2016 Olympic gold medal winner Fazliddin Gaibnazarov (8-1, 5) [Фазлиддин Гаибназаров] and the debuting Tursynbay Kulakhmet [Турсынбай Кулахмет]. It's a shame the venue will be empty, but we're glad that the event will still be shown.
Earlier today MTK Global announced their next Kazakh show, which will take place on March 28th in Almaty.
The main event of the card will see unbeaten Kazakh hopeful Zhankosh Turarov (24-0, 17) [Жанкош Тураров] take on Alexander Duran (20-0, 7), from Panama.
This will be Turarov's first bout since last July, when he stopped Mauro Maximiliano Godoy, whilst Duran will be looking to build on his December win over Barnie Arguelles.
In a really interesting bout set for this show we'll see former world title challenger Muhammad Waseem (10-1, 7) take on former European champion Ryan Farrag (20-4, 5) in a really good looking test, and one that Waseem will have to take serious. The Pakistani fighter didn't look great last time out and will need to be at his best here.
Others set for the show include Abay Tolesh (5-0, 3) [Абай Толеш], 2016 Olympic gold medal winner Fazliddin Gaibnazarov (8-1, 5) [Фазлиддин Гаибназаров] and the debuting Tursynbay Kulakhmet [Турсынбай Кулахмет].
Earlier today Olamsport reported that the ring return for 2016 Olympic gold medal winner Fazliddin Gaibnazarov (8-1, 5) [Фазлиддин Гаибназаров] is March 28th and will take place in Kazakhstan.
The Uzbek fighter is quoted as saying he had been offered a bout in the US but it fell during Ramadan so took this fight instead.
At the moment no details other than the when and where have been decided, but we wouldn't expect a significant step up from his last bout, which saw him beating Vladyslav Baranov in 80 seconds in Kazakhstan. That bout, his win over Baranov, was his first since losing his unbeaten record to Mykal Fox last May. We also suspect that this will be on MTK show in Kazakhstan, though Gaibnazarov did state he was still a Top Rank promoted fight in an interview with Olamsport.
Despite his Olympic gold medal we've yet to see Gaibnazarov really show the same level of class in the professional ranks. He's clearly talented but we've not seen him show the skills and in ring IQ that took him to a Gold at the Rio games, and it almost feels like we never will. In fact it seems like he's the next in a long line of fighters who never quite adapt to the professional scene.
Saying that however he is skilled, and there is potential for him to make a mark, we just don't think he'll ever manage to make a mark at the very top level. At the age of 28 however he still has time to adapt and to climb up the rankings to a shot.
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