Earlier today Olamsport had an interview with Uzbek amateur star Ikboljon Kholdarov who revealed that he will look to turn professional in the near future and will be travelling to the US to begin discussions about his professional career.
Olamsports have quoted the fighter as stating:
"Everything will be resolved after quarantine. If I have a chance, I will try my hand in the professional ring. After the pandemic, we will travel to the United States and we will hold talks" and added that he wanted to work with Russian promotional outfit World of Boxing, which has signed a number of top Uzbek fighters.
The excellent Kholdarov is a real talent, and won a silver medal at the AIBA World Championships in 2017 and has won Gold medals at the Asian Championships and Asian Games. Aged 23 he has time on his side, but like many top Uzbek amateurs he could be fast tracked and could easily find himself on a similar trajectory to many of his compatriots.
At the moment it's clear any professional plans are on hold, but as soon as international travel restrictions are eased we would expect to see a lot of talk about Kholdarov having talks with, and then signing with, a professional outfit. Like many Uzbek's there's also a chance that he will not only be able to fight in the professional's but also go back and forth with amateur boxing if wants, something we have seen from a number of notable Uzbek prospects in recent years.
Uzbek fighter Isrial Madrimov (1-0, 1) [Isroil Madrimov] made his professional debut recently and looked like a sensational talent, stopping Vladimir Hernandez in the 6th round of a scheduled 10 round contest.
Today it was revealed by several Uzbek sources that Madrimov had been voted the Asian fighter of the year for his amateur, by the Asian Boxing Confederation (ASBC), who look after Amateur boxing in Asia.
Madrimov took 46.76% of the votes with Indian fighter Amit Panghal coming second with 28.03% of the vote and Madrimov's Uzbek compatriot Ikboljon Kholdarov taking third place with just over 11$% of the vote.
Whilst it's clear that Madrimov's future lies in professional boxing it's still great to see his exploits getting recognised by the ASBC, and in fact it's brilliant that Panghal is also being recognised for what has been a stand out year for the Indian fighter.
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