Earlier today Sports.Uz reported that talented Uzbek Light Heavyweight Rustam Tulaganov (3-0, 1) [Рустам Тўлаганов] would be returning to the ring later this month.
The sites reports that the unbeaten former amateur standout will be in on January 29th in Moscow, Russia, though his opponent has yet to be announced.
The 29 year old from Tashkent had been expected to have a huge 2020. He entered the year on the back of a win over Konstantin Piternov and in early 2020 he scored a career best win with a clear decision over Norbert Dabrowski in February. The hope was for Tulaganov to kick on from that win, but sadly saw a number of planned dates fall through. In fact Tulaganov was pencilled in for bouts in April, August and October, but all 3 dates came and went without the Uzbek fighting.
Sadly, though like many fighters, 2020 saw Tulganov lose what momentum he seemed to have been building, and it seems clear that he will need a huge 2021 to get back on track. We suspect that's the plan, and January will serve as a tune up bout before bigger and better things later in the year, including a now very belated WBA regional title fight.
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.
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As with everything right now the bout is subject to change, though with an August date being set the hope will obviously be that the situation in Russia doesn't worsen significantly over the coming weeks and continues to stabilise instead.
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