Yesterday in Moscow, Russia, unbeaten 21 year old Uzbek Ravshan Makhamadjonov (11-0, 7) scored his biggest win to date, as he over-came 20 year old Ukrainian Volodymyr Hordiienko (8-2, 3) and became the WBC Youth Middleweight champion.
The unbeaten Uzbek was dropped in round 2, and it seemed he was in trouble through what remained of the round, but he gutted it out, survived the round and regrouped well.
Through the rest of the bout Makhamadjonov showed his skills and did just enough to take home an 8 round decision over his Ukrainian foe, with scores of 77-74, twice, and 76-75.
Despite the win the Makhamadjonov is certainly not going to be rushed on to an list of top prospects on the back of this performance, and had it not taken place on a Shamo boxing show there's a real chance the bout would have gone the other way and Makhamadjonov would have ended up with his first loss.
Although he's now 11-0 there will be real questions about the real potential of Makhamadjonov, the 21 year really can't consider being rushed after this result, despite getting the win. On the other hand Hordiienko shouldn't be written off after this closer, and competitive, loss.
(Image courtesy of Olamsports)
Earlier today Uzbek sports site Olamsports reported that the scheduled September 4th bout between unbeaten 21 year old Uzbek Ravshan Makhamadjonov (10-0, 7) and once beaten 20 year old Ukrainian Volodymyr Hordiienko (8-1, 3), will have a title on the line!
The bout has been confirmed as being a battle for a WBC Youth World title, giving the two men extra incentive to show what they can do and take home the victory. Especially given that that belts tends to bring a top 20 WBC ranking with it, and does put a fighter on the fast track to big fights.
For those who haven't seen the unbeaten 21 year old Uzbek his competition hasn't been all that notable so far. His best came in in February, when he stopped Bakhrom Payazov, but given his age and youth we can't complain about the level of competition he's faced. Surprisingly he made his debut all the way back in 2017, and has slowly built his record against lower tier fights in Uzbekistan and Russia. Style wise he's part of the new wave of Soviet fighters, with an aggressive and exciting style that sees him letting his hands go, using a lot of movement and has a wonderful mix of technique and flair.
Sadly we don't know much about Hordiienko, who made his debut in 2018, went 6-1 in 2019 and fought back in July. What we do know is that his competition has been very poor and he has lost to his most notable opponent, in what was also his first bout outside of Ukraine. That loss came in June 2019 when he came up short against Stelios Papadopoulos, losing a clear 8 round decision in Greece.
The bout, which will be held at the USC Soviet Wings venue, in Moscow, is set to be one of a number of title fights on the show, including 3 Russian national title fights and a WBA International title fight. It's being promoted by Shamo boxing and is part of a card that features a number of notable names, including veteran Valery Brudov and rising Light Heavyweight contender. Not a stacked card in terms of big names, but a deep one in terms of competitive looking bouts.
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