Earlier this week news broke that the scheduled March 12th bout between unbeaten KAzakh prospect Sadriddin Akhmedov (12-0, 11) [Ахмедов Садриддин] and Mexican veteran Mario Alberto Lozano (33-10, 24), next time out was sadly cancelled.
The Kazakh news sources report that the 22 year old Kazakh had suffered a shoulder injury, forcing him out of the contest.
At the moment it's unclear when Akhmedov will be back in the ring, but given his age we would be surprised by it being a lengthy break for the wonderfully talented boxer-puncher.
Sadly this isn't the first notable injury Akhmedov has suffered and he spent quite a chunk of 2019 on the sideline due to an injury suffered against John Ruba. Then again despite that injury he was still fairly active, not only fighting 3 times in the 9 months afterwards but also getting married, and we suspect that this injury is more one that they'd rather not aggravate rather anything too serious, at this point.
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Earlier today Vesti broke the news that the highly regarded and unbeaten Kazakh prospect Sadriddin Akhmedov (12-0, 11) [Ахмедов Садриддин] would be facing Mexican veteran Mario Alberto Lozano (33-10, 24), next time out.
Prior to this news exceptionally talented Akhmedov had been given a fight date and venue, March 12th at the Montreal Casino, and the only thing we were waiting on his opponent.
On paper this looks like another straight forward win for the unbeaten Canadian based "Soldier of Q" but in reality it actually promises to be his most significant bout to date and a clear step up in class for the unbeaten 22 year.
Lozano might not be a big name but the 32 year has faced a relative who's who during his 43 fight career, which began more than 15 years ago. Along the way he has beaten Saul Canelo's brother Ramon Alvarez, gone the distance in losing efforts against the likes of Jermall Charlo, Vanes Martirosyan, Charles Hatley, Karim Mayfield and Patrick Teixeira. He has been stopped just twice, including once by former world champion Liam Smith and once way back in 2013.
Whilst Lozano is unlikely to be a huge threat to Akhmedov, we do imagine the Kazakh will have to work hard for this win and Lozano will be there making life difficult, which is more than can be said for some Akhmedov opponents.
This is a clear and logical move forward for Akhmedov's team and one we can't really pick fault with, a good smart, bit of match making.
According to boxrec unbeaten Kazakh prospect Sadriddin Akhmedov (12-0, 11) [Ахмедов Садриддин], one of the brightest young hopes in world boxing, will be back in action in March 12th at the Montreal Casino.
Despite having the when and where listed the who isn't yet known, and neither is the length of bout, though it's great to know that the plan is to keep Akhmedov busy this year and not let him sit on the sidelines for long following his last bout.
Since his debut in April 2018 Akhmedov has been incredibly busy. He fought 6 times in 2018, and 6 more times in 2019, that was despite needing to take time out of the ring to deal with an injury and getting married. So far his competition hasn't been the toughest, but the 22 year old has been showing more and more to his game in recent bouts. He has proven he can fight 10 rounds, as he did against John Ruba, and has shown he can box on the back foot, to mentally beat fighters, as he did against the tough Johnny Navarrete in October.
Given that Akhmedov was last in the ring in December, when he shone beating Jose Antonio Villalobo, it's good to see him still being kept busy, but we are hoping for a step up in class for the youngster, who is in need of a test this year, rather than just a chance to add wins to his record. He is one of the best young talents in world boxing, and Eye of the Tiger have got a special talent on their hands, a talent that could be moved very quickly over the next year or two.
Our final award for 2019 is the Prospect of the Year award, and it was one of the toughest to decide on, with a host of fighters in the discussion. There was different arguments to be had for different fighters.
For example Thai teenager Thanongsak Simsri had activity on his side, notching 8 wins during the year. He also impressed in many of those wins and his December victory over Christian Bacolod was genuinely very noteworthy. Similarly Phoobadin Yoohanngoh, who only turned 16 at the start of 2020...and that's not a typo, went 5-0 in 2019 and won "The Fighter" in Thailand.
Another couple of Thai's worthy of a mention were Oscar Mastertoddygym, who debuted at the start of the year and had 2 solid wins by the end of it, and Chainoi Worawut, who went 6-0 (5) for the year and became the face of Work Point Boxing.
From the Philippines there was Carl Jammes Martin, who went 4-0 (4) for the year, and proved himself to be as good of a "TV fighter" as anyone else in the sport. The youngster was asked to step up, and that's exactly what he did. Jayson Mama went 3-0 (1) but all 3 wins were solid ones, and he now seems set for a huge 2020, whilst Dave Apolinario impressed us time and time again.
Although Korean teenagers Min Jang and Han Bin Suh both claimed versions of Korean titles in 2019 both should be regarded as prospects and both had solid years. On the other hand the Korean "Battle Royal" tournament allowed Da Won Gang and Sung Min Yuh to shine. However the standout for Korea this year was 18 year old Jong Seon Kang.
The obvious choice to look at was probably Uzbekistan, and with Israil Madrimov and Bektemir Melikuziev shining either of those two could have taken the award. Both men excelled this year and both seem certainly be in the world title mix in 2020.
Talking about the world title mix 20 year old Japanese fighter Ginjiro Shigeoka is another who will be in the world title mix in 2020, and has already impressed, with the youngster winning his first title and beating a former world title challenger. Likewise his older brother Yudai Shigeoka beating an OPBF champion in his second bout was incredibly impressive.
Overall though the fairest pick seems to be someone who has mixed activity with competition, and is still young. With that in mind we've picked a 21 year old who went 5-0 (4) against good competition. That was Kazakh Sadriddin Akhmedov. The Canadian based Kazakh not only impressed in terms of results, but also performance and showed absolutely everything we could have wanted to see in a young hopeful. He showed he could box, he could bang, he could fight, and no matter what he did he always in complete control. From his 29 rounds fought in 2019 we suspect he only lost maybe 3, if that. He was fantastic. He might not be on the verge of a world title fight, like some others, but he had the complete year. Expect huge things form him in 2020.
On what was a crazy day of action yesterday, with fans spoilt for choice as to watch to watch, there was some bouts that slipped through through the cracks of some fans. One such bout was the latest contest featuring top Kazakh prospect Sadriddin Akhmedov (12-0, 11) [Ахмедов Садриддин], who extended his unbeaten run with his latest knockout.
The excellent 21 year old was taking on Argentinian Jose Antonio Villalobos (12-6-2, 7), and did exactly what he needed to do.
Early on Akhmedov boxed well, picking his spots whilst being aggressive against a game Villalobos. As the fight went on however the Argentinian began to get beaten up, round by round, by the unbeaten Kazakh who showed every punch in the book.
Villalobos fought hard, trying to withstand the power punches of Akhmedov, but was spending more and more time on the back foot and on the ropes as Akhmedov continued to apply pressure, show boat and have fun in the ring. That was until round 7, when Akhmedov landed a massive right hand on the jaw of Villalobos, sending the Argentinian crashing to the canvas, and resulting in the referee waving off the bout.
With 5 wins this year and a growing profile it's likely that Akhmedov will make a lot of noise in 2020, and his career, going forward, is really one to follow.
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