Earlier today Sports.uz announced that unbeaten Uzbek fighter Hurshidbek Normatov (10-0, 3) [Хуршидбек Норматов] has sadly tested positive for Covid19 forcing the cancellation of his January 20th bout with fellow unbeaten Patrick Cora (10-0, 7).
The bout, which was supposed to take place at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut, USA, was set to be televised on Showtime and was set to be a genuine step up for both men, who had both moved to 10-0 without facing anyone too notable.
Thankfully despite the positive test Normatov is said to be in good health, and seems to be fine.
Sadly this extends the lengthy break from the ring for Normatov, who last fought last January.
At the moment it's unclear of Cora will manage to get a difference opponent, or whether he too will need to wait to make his ring return. Sadly for him he's not fought in over a year, with his last bout coming in December 2019, when he stopped Argentina's Geronimo Nahuel Sacco in 4 rounds.
We want to wish Normatov a speedy return to full health.
Last night in Canada unbeaten Uzbek hopeful Hurshidbek Normatov (10-0, 3) [Хуршидбек Норматов] scored his latest win, and kicked off his 2020 with a commanding victory.
The talented Uzbek fighter faced off with 36 year old Mexican Uriel Hernandez (13-6, 7) and controlled the bout from the off, winning every round on round to a decision win, that saw all 3 judges put in cards of 80-71.
On route to his victory Normatov dropped Hernandez once.
Although not one of the bigger name Uzbek fighters Normatov the 25 year old Light Middleweight has been quietly building a name for himself since debuting back in June 2016. The awkward and rangy southpaw has rarely lost a round since turning professional, but has also struggled to get notable opponents. To date his biggest win is a 2019 decision over Walter Wright, he of "The Contender" fame, but he now needs a break out year to put himself on the map.
Fingers crossed that the 6'2" Uzbek will fit 3, if not 4, fights into the year and move himself into the conversation with the bigger name Uzbek fighters who are making waves in the US at the moment. He might not have the style and charisma of the top Uzbeks, but he certainly has the skills to go a long way, but he needs the opportunities.
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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