Last night in Indio, California, fans had the chance to see the professional debut of highly touted Uzbek prospect Sanjar Tursunov (1-0, 1).
The former amateur standout got off to a perfect start to professional boxing, as he easily over-came the limited but experienced Miguel Cubos (11-20, 8), with a 2nd round TKO.
From the opening round Tursunov looked sharp, with impressive movement and very crisp punching. It was clear, almost immediately, that Cubos was out of his depth and things never got better for him, as Tursunov landed at will, until the referee stepped in and saved him from further punishment.
Given his performance Tursunov deserves bigger and better tests, but at just 20 his team won't be wanting to gamble with him too much too soon. He looks like a real talent though and it could be very difficult to match him going forward given his skills and pedigree.
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Later today fight fans in Indio, California will see Uzbek prospect Sanjar Tursunov (0-0) make his debut, as he takes on 29 year old Mexican foe Miguel Cubos (11-19, 8).
Tursunov is tipped to go far. He has experience in the WSB, where he beat Erislandy Savon, and was a notable amateur who won a bronze medal at the 2017 World Amateur Championships, as well as a gold in the Asian Youth Championships in 2016.
Sadly for such a touted amateur it seems like his debut will be a 4 rounder, however the 20 year old is expected to step up in class next year and keep busy as he looks to follow other top Uzbeks on their way to the top.
As for Cubos he is 29 year old who has failed to win in his last 6 bouts, and is 0-7 in the US. It seems like he began his career as a Lightweight, but has fought as a Heavyweight, with his most notable opponent being Ryan Ford, who stopped him in 3 rounds just over a year ago.
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