Earlier today in Russia we had the chance to see unbeaten Uzbek fighter Shohjahon Ergashev (19-0, 17) [Шохжахон Эргашев] score his latest win, as he defeated Dzmitry Miliusha (9-4-1, 4) from Belarus.
The hard hitting Ergashev took center ring from the off though in fairness Miliusha wasn't intimidated by the hard hitting Uzbek who tried to fight back and showed more ambition than we'd have expected given the fact he was a massive under-dog. Sadly though by the end of the first round Miliusha was starting to look like a man who was realising that he was in with a talented and heavy handed fighter.
In round 2 Miliusha got on the move, trying to avoid a fight with Ergashev. It was as if he had tasted the power and didn't want to taste it again. Every so often Miliusha let a jab or two go, but really offered little offensively and was much more concerned on staying away from the Uzbek fighter. That was until very late in the round when Miliusha actually did let his hands go and even seemed to land a decent shot.
Sadly when he went to his corner at the end of the round Miliusha looked in pain, with real discomfort in his left arm. It was clear he was having issues with it, and stayed in his corner at the start of round 3.
If we're being honest this was little more than a tick over for Ergahsev, and fingers crossed we'll see him back in action sooner rather than later. Sadly this was his first bout since an opening round blow out against Adrian Estrella and it's fair to say that Ergashev would have wanted far more ring time this year, and a much more meaningful bout, than he's had. Many fighters have lost momentum in 2020, and Ergashev is certainly one such fighter. A real shame for a very exciting and promising Uzbek who now desperately needs a big bout sooner rather than later.
Back in September we had expected to see unbeaten Uzbek puncher Uzbek contender Shohjahon Ergashev (18-0, 16) [Шохжахон Эргашев] compete in a stay busy bout against Belorussian foe Dzmitry Miliusha (9-3-1, 4). Sadly the bout was cancelled at the 11th hour with Ergashev's promoter Salita Promotions filing an injunction to prevent the bout.
Now it appears that the bout has been rescheduled, and will be taking place at the City Hall in Moscow on November 16th.
This will be Ergashev's first bout since he stopped Adrian Estrella way back in January, in just 92 seconds, and is very much a stay busy bout for the destructively heavy handed "Descendant of Tamerlane", who turns 29 in December and doesn't have time to waste.
Originally it was stated that TV issues forced the original date of the bout to be cancelled, before news of Salita's injunction became known. On the subject of TV the bout is expected to be broadcast on MATCH TV, Boets and IBoxing.
Interestingly not only was this bout announced but earlier this month there was also news from Uzbekistan that Ergashev had signed a deal with S-Jam who will act in an advisory role for Ergashev going forward. They will be looking to work alongside Ergashev's manage Oleg Bogdanov to take the hard hitting Uzbek to a world title.
Right now there seems to be as much action outside of the ring as there is inside of it with various dramas being played out. One of those drama's involves the future of Batyrzhan Jukembayev (18-0-0-2, 14) [Батыржан Джукембаев].
Originally it had been reported, by Jukembayev''s promoter, that he had turned down a bout with unbeaten Uzbek Shohjahon Ergashev (18-0, 16) [Шохжахон Эргашев], which was in negotiations for November. Originally it seemed that that was due to Jukembayev not wanting the bout but now it seems that the reason for Jukembayev turning down the bout is more complicated than that.
Vesti.kz have done an interview with Jukembayev's trainer Andrey "Bupas" Ivichuk, in which it was revealed that situation isn't as simple as just turning down the fight, and Ivichuk got a chance to explain their side of the situation.
Ivichuk explained that the fight had to be turned down to allowed himself, and Jukembayev, a chance to get US visa's, explaining that both men would need to travel to get visa's for the bout, and that that was currently going to be almost impossible to do in time for a mid-November date.
Ivichuk explained "Ergashev is not an easy opponent, and this fight requires good preparation" and seemed to add that wasn't possible which would have resulted in an "...unjustified risk for us."
When told about the reports of Ivichuk himself spending 3 days trying to convince Jukembayev to take the bout the trainer answered:
"Batyr did not refuse to fight, he asked him to postpone it at the end of the year and give him an intermediate battle now. Also consider all this incomprehensible visa situation and tight deadlines."
Despite, seemingly, having a good reason not to take the bout it does sound like there is problems between Jukembayev and Camille Estephan, with Ivichuk quotes as saying:
"I think it takes a little time for everything to cool down. It is impossible now to take any steps on emotions. Batyr has high ratings in all reputable organizations, and Camile knows it. A little time will pass, and I hope they will talk and find a mutual solution!"
The full interview, done with Serik Noyan, can be read here in Kazakh and is much, much more indepth than the quotes we've used.
Note - All quotes are translations.
Earlier today our good friend Jalol Akhmedov (who can be followed on twitter @JalolAkhmedov) reported that Salita Promotions had filed a lawsuit against unbeaten Uzbek fighter Shohjahon Ergashev (18-0, 16) [Шохжахон Эргашев] in relation to Ergashev's scheduled bout against Dzmitry Miliusha (9-3-1, 4):
Interestingly the case was filed on September 16th and was done so with an emergency motion and we have no found out how that as gone.
The case saw Salita file an ex parte motion for a temporary restraining order. Some documents from the case have been made available to us, including part of the courts opinion granting, the restraining order.
That opinion states that "Salita says that until recently, it had no idea Ergashev was going to fight in September 21st", adding "it has exclusive rights to arrange Ergashev's bouts" and that "Salita has arranged for Ergashev to fight on November 17, 2020".
Salita requested that the court "stop Ergashev from stepping into the ring on September 21" and the court has found in favour of Salita, adding "Salita will be irreparably injured if Ergashev boxes on September 21"
Although not stated in the court documents it should be noted that his proposed opponent for the November 17th bout was Canadian based Kazakh Batyrzhan Jukembayev (18-0-0-2, 14) [Батыржан Джукембаев], who has declined the fight.
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A frustrating week for unbeaten Uzbek contender Shohjahon Ergashev (18-0, 16) [Шохжахон Эргашев] has gotten worse today.
Yesterday it was revealed a bout between Ergashev and Canadian based Kazakh Batyrzhan Jukembayev (18-0-0-2, 14) [Батыржан Джукембаев] had been turned down by Jukembayev.
Today he has learned his scheduled bout with Dzmitry Miliusha (9-3-1, 4), which was supposed to be taking place tomorrow, has been delayed.
Ergashev spoke to Olamsports about the situation and explained that:
"Yes, unfortunately, that's what happened. The main problem was that we couldn't come to terms with Match TV."
Due to the issues the bout has now been pushed back to October, though there there isn't a date yet announced for the contest.
For Ergashev this is a second frustrating story this week, and it's a shame. We would have loved to have seen him Vs Jukembayev, and whilst the bout with Miliusha was little more than a stay busy, it's still a shame that that too seems to have had issues.
Also a big thanks, as always, to the brilliant Jalol Akhmedov (@JalolAkhmedov) for alerting us to this story.
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