Sensational Uzbek prospect Israil Madrimov (5-0, 5) [Исроил Мадримов] has now had the details his ring return confirmed, with the talented Uzbek fighting on August 15th in Tulsa, Oklahoma. His opponent will be experienced American Eric Walker (20-2, 9).
On paper this is a little underwhelming for the talented Madrimov, who seems to be treading water slightly, but given the global situation right now it's not an awful match up.
The brilliant Madrimov made his professional debut in November 2018, winning a minor WBA title, and since then has has been banging on the door with wins against top 30 type guys. He's yet to have that big break out win, but he has been dominating the likes of Frank Rojas, Norberto Gonzalez and Charlie Navarro. All of those had significantly more wins than losses and at times Madrimov has looked like he's trying to entertain himself with his competition, essentially playing with his food.
We expect something similar here against the Walker.
Aged 37 Walker is certainly no world beater, but he does hold notable wins over Christopher Pearson, John Jackson and John Thompson. To date both of his losses have been competitive, with one to Patrick Day and one in Brandon Adams in 2018.
Although we don't see Walker as a true test for Madrimov that's more because of how highly we rate Madrimov, who we hope will get a world title fight sooner rather than later.
Late last night in the US fight fans saw unbeaten Uzbek Israil Madrimov (5-0, 5) [Исроил Мадримов] score his most significant win to date, as he stopped world ranked veteran Charlie Navarro (29-10, 22) in a WBA world title eliminator.
From the opening round it was clear that Madrimov had little respect for the 40 year old Navarro, despite Navarro having had world level experience and solid power. Instead of having respect for his man he saw the bout as a chance to make a statement. From the early moments he was showing off what he could do, dropping his hands, coming forward and tagging Navarro, who struggled to land anything of note himself.
As the bout went on Madrimov began to chip away at Navarro, who was regularly put on the back foot, and hitting air. By round 4 the power shots of Madrimov, where were starting to land with alarming consistency from both hands, were leaving Navarro looking lost and being beating up. It wasn't technically polished from Madrimov, but it was effective as he landed hooks from both hands at will whilst nothing was coming back to make Madrimov need to change things up.
In round 6 Madrimov managed to drop his man with a body shot and although Navarro beat the count he was dropped a second time with the referee then calling a halt to the bout.
The win will push Madrimov to the verges of a WBA world title fight, and we wouldn't be surprised to see the Uzbek getting a shot at a world title before the end of the year. We suspect he will need to tidy up a bit when he faces a world champion, but this was a battering a veteran, and a real statement from one of the most amazing athletic talented in the sport. As for Navarro this is likely the end of his very long career.
Later today we'll see unbeaten, and rapidly rising, Uzbek Israil Madrimov (4-0, 4) [Исроил Мадримов] taking on world ranked veteran Charlie Navarro (29-9, 22) in a WBA world title eliminator.
The match up, part of a deep card in Frisco on DAZN, is seen as the next step on Madrimov's journey to stardom, and whilst it is a step it's expected to be his next win as begins to position himself as a future star of the sport.
Yesterday the two men took part in their weigh in for the bout, and neither man pushed the Light Welterweight limit, with both fighters coming in at 153¼lbs for the bout, well under the 154lb.
The winner of the bout is expected to be taking a huge leap towards a world title fight, and there's a very real chance that Madrimov could be fighting for a world title in his 6th or 7th professional bout. Given how his first 4 bouts have gone there's no doubting he has the ability to be matched with a world class foe before the end of 2020.
As for Navarro this is very much last chance saloon for the big punching 40 year old Venezuelan who is looking to secure one more shot at the big time after coming up short against the likes of Vyacheslav Senchenko and David Avanesyan.
Back in January reports came out that Israil Madrimov (4-0, 4) [Исроил Мадримов] would be returning to the ring on February 29th, as part of the card headlined by Mikey Garcia taking on Jessie Vargas. At the time however there was no opponent set for the bout.
That changed recently when it was announced that the unbeaten Uzbek sensation had got an opponent signed for the bout, albeit not a massively interesting one.
The opponent that Madrimov will be facing is WBA #10 contender Charlie Navarro (29-9, 22), a 40 year old Venezuelan veteran who has previously fought for a world title and currently holds a regional WBA title.
Although not a great opponent Navarro is certainly not the worst possible opponent. The veteran has got world level experience, having challenged the then WBA Welterweight champion Vyacheslav Senchenko, back in 2010, and has mixed with other notable names, including Thomas Dulorme, David Avanesyan and Sebastian Andres Lujan. Notably however he has been stopped in his 2 most recent losses, to Avanesyan and Carlos Ocampo.
Coming into this Navarro is riding a 4-fight winning run, which has seen him taking the unbeaten records of Damian Rodriguez, then 11-0, and Johan Gonzalez, then 22-0, but it's fair to say that Madrimov is in a totally different league to those two.
Given that Madrimov is ranked #3 by the WBA and Navarro is ranked #10 this is essentially an eliminator, and the winner would certainly be in the mix for a title shot later in the year.
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