Earlier today Uzbek sports news website Olamsports, reported that Rustam Tulaganov (3-0, 1) [Рустам Тўлаганов] was expecting to return to the ring on October 31st, though the full details of his upcoming bout aren't yet set in stone.
What is known is the targeted date, as mentioned October 31st, and the location of the fight, Sochi in Russia. Sadly there are no details about his opponent, or whether there would or wouldn't be a title on the line for the bout.
The talented Tulaganov was last seen in the ring in February, when he defeated Norbert Dabrowski in an 8 round bout in Kaliningrad. Originally Tulaganov's team had hoped for that bout to be a minor WBA title fight, though reportedly the WBA were unwilling to sanction it. It now seems more likely that the WBA will, finally, let the unbeaten Uzbek fight for one of their belts, though of course he would need a suitable opponent.
It's worth noting that Tulaganov was one of a number of Uzbek's training together and we suspect that if Tulaganov is fighting at the end of October then at least one of Odiljon Aslonov (2-0, 1), Ulugbek Mubinov (1-0, 1) or Shukurjon Rahimov (1-0) will also be on the show.
Earlier today our good friend Jalol Akhmedov reported a number of highly regarded Uzbek prospects were planning their next bouts for October. Sadly no specific date or opponents were revealed but the 4 Uzbek fighters he mentioned are very much worthy of attention as their career begin to move forward.
The talented Rustam Tulaganov (3-0, 1) is regarded as one of the most talented Uzbek's out there. He's technically very good, with solid hand speed, movement and a great boxing brain, but he does seem to lack that spiteful power we've seen from some of his compatriots. Despite the lack of lights of power he is an excellent prospect and we expect to see him taking on a live opponent to try build on his February win over Norbert Dabrowski. Potentially he'll be fighting for a regional or minor title.
Welterweight prospect Odiljon Aslonov (2-0, 1) is a 25 year old who is built like a tank. His first two bouts have come against solid competition, for someone so early in his career, and they had a combined 27-20 record. At just 25 years old there is no need to rush him, but we suspect he will be moved into 8 round bouts sooner, rather than later.
Talented 26 year old Heavyweight Ulugbek Mubinov (1-0, 1) looks to build on his February debut, where he stopped Srdan Govedarica in February. He's a big, strong, powerful fighter who, at 6'4" is a huge guy worthy of real attention. Given that he's a Heavyweight he's pretty much a baby at 26 and there is no need to move him too quickly, with a smarter plan being to let his body fill out rather than rushing him.
The youngest of the men mentioned by Jalol is Shukurjon Rahimov (1-0), a stand out amateur star who claimed a bronze at the Asian Championships before his February debut against Ripfumelo Chikwambana. He's a Super Featherweight who debuted in a 6 rounder and is likely to be in another 6 rounder her as he develops his man strength and gets some more professional experience under his belt.
Notably all 4 of these Uzbek hopefuls fought on the same card last time out, in February 1st, and we suspect they will come as a group of 4 going forward, with grouped appearances on PAtriot cards, suggesting all 4 will be on the same October card. Though that is just an educated guess.
For those wanting to follow Uzbek fighters in more depth we do suggest fans follow Jalol on twitter, his handle is @JalolAkhmedov
Earlier today in Krasnoyarsk, Russia there was an interesting show with a number of promising Asian fighters involved in it.
The most notable of those Asian hopefuls was Aidos Yerbossynuly (13-0, 9) [Айдос Ербосынулы] who stopped Venezuela Omar Garcia (15-3, 12), who was a relatively late replacement for Obodai Sai (35-3, 26). The talented Yerbossnuly had been in control through out, and in round 8 a hurt Garcia was saved by the referee, who stepped in and waved the bout off. Garcia was game but was outclassed through out and the stoppage was the right decision by the referee.
The debut of former Uzbek amateur stand out Odiljon Aslonov (1-0, 1) saw him defeat Varazdat Chernikov (11-15, 5), in what was a fun bout that showed the debutant to be a clinical body puncher. From the first round Aslonov's body attack was spiteful and he dropped his man part way through the opening round with some brutal shots to the mid section. Another knockdown at the end of the opening round secured the debutant a 10-7 round. The body sttack continued in round 3 and saw Chernikov being dropped a third time. He beat the count but the referee made the decision to stop the bout.
The show also saw the return of Rustam Tulaganov (2-0, 1), who scored a TKO win over Konstantin Piternov (21-24, 10). The talented Tulaganov had't been seen in a pro fight in over 2 years started relatively slowly but seemed in control part way through round 3. Then we saw Piternov hurt his right arm with a weird looping shot. It looked like the bout would be stopped with Piternov in clear agony but surprisingly the bout went on, with Piternov gritting it out but getting battered in round 4, where he offered little, was left busted up and seemingly decided enough was enough
Earlier today we were informed that unbeaten Kazakh hopeful Nursultan Zhangabayev (8-0, 5) [Жанабаев Нурсултан] would be returning to the ring on December 21st, when he will surface in Russian and face Venezuelan puncher Ernesto Espana (30-2-1, 25), in what looks like a brilliant match up.
The unbeaten Kazakh will be defending his WBA Inter-Continental WBO Oriental and IBF Pan Pacific Welterweight titles and looking to make a huge step towards a world title fight, something he may well be looking at in 2 or 3 years time. He looked impressive earlier this year, when he beat Steve Gago in Australia.
The 38 year old Espana may be beyond his best years but he's a very tricky fighter. He is a freakishly sized Welterweight who has nasty power, and showed that power late last year when he dropped Baishanbo Nasiyiwula and had the Chinese fighter running and spoiling. Although no world beater he's a very awkward fighter and will enter this bout every intention of taking the titles from Zhangabayev.
The bout will take place as one of the supporting bouts on a card headlined by a mouth watering showdown between Denis Lebedev and Thabiso Mchunu, in what looks almost certain to be a brutal battle at Cruiserweight. Also on this card will be a bout between Aidos Yerbossynuly (12-0, 8) [Айдос Ербосынулы] and Obodai Sai (35-3, 26), The debut of Uzbek Odiljon Aslonov (0-0) and the return to the pros of former amateur standout Rustam Tulaganov (1-0), who hasn't fought as a pro since 2017.
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