In a blink and you miss it performance unbeaten Uzbek Shohjahon Ergashev (18-0, 16) [Шохжахон Эргашев] ripped through Adrian Estrella (29-5, 24), and tried to send the Mexican veteran's internal organs out of his body.
Ergashev came out looking for an early win and pressured Estrella from the opening bell. Uncharacteristically the Uzbek did look to use his jab to establish his range, something that had been missing in recent fights.
After around 80 seconds Ergashev landed a paralysing body shot, a sharp single left hand to the body, slipping under Estrella's elbow. The shot sent Estrella down in agony where he stayed for the 10 count, rolling in pain.
The bout didn't see Ergashev tested at all, which was a shame, but the way he finished his experienced foe was made for a highlight reel, and this was a perfect way for the "Descendant of Tamerlane" to kick off his 2020.
It's worth noting that Ergashev was originally pencilled in to have a world title eliminator against Keith Hunter. That bout fell through when Hunter suffered an injury in December and before Estrella became a late replacement. Given the blow out nature of this win Ergashev is likely to be available to go whenever his team want to put him back out there, and if an eliminator becomes available we expect to see him jump at the opportunity. As it is this bout really was little more than a showcase live on Shobox, and Ergashev really took his chance to showcase what his power can do.
Later today Uzbek puncher Shohjahon Ergashev (17-0, 15) [Шохжахон Эргашев] will clash with Adrian Estrella (29-4, 24) in a bout that promises fireworks.
The bout, as the Winnevegas Casino in Sloan, Iowa, is a bout the UK bookies are taking bets on. But the odds aren't particularly enticing.
The unbeaten Uzbek is best priced as a 1/28 favourite for the bout with 29/2 available on Estrella. As for the draw, the odds on that happening are best priced at 33/1.
Not only is Ergashev expected to win, but he's expected to win early with a stoppage for the Uzbek currently best priced at 1/9, with most UK bookies now having it at 1/10. A decision for the Uzbek is available at 9/1. As the Estrella a stoppage by the Mexican is best priced at 18/1 whilst he is 33/a to win a decision.
In such a perceived mismatch it's needless to say the book makers don't expect this to go long, and the bout is best priced at 10/11 to go under 4.5 rounds and 13/15 to go on longer than that.
Having just mentioned that the bout isn't expected to go beyond 4.5 rounds it's unsurprisingly to read that the bout is 1/12 to not go the distance and a huge 8/1 to some how reach the final bell.
(All odds accurate at time of writing)
On Friday night in the US hard hitting Uzbek Shohjahon Ergashev (17-0, 15) [Шохжахон Эргашев] will take on once touted Mexican Adrian Estrella (29-4, 24), in what is expected to be a very explosive encounter.
Yesterday the two men took part in their weigh in and both men came in around the Light Welterweight limit.
On the scales Ergashev came in bang on 140lbs for the bout, and looked in good shape whilst Estrella was 141lbs.
It now seems clear that Ergashev, who began his career at Welterweight, is going to be continuing his career at Light Welterweight. As for Estrella, who has fought as low as Featherweight, this is among the heaviest weights of his career.
For fans wanting to watch this it will be aired in the US on Showtime, as part of their long standing and successful Shobox series whilst fans in the UK will get it on Boxnation and fans in Uzbekistan can reportedly watch on the Uzbek "Sport" channel, from 8AM local time.
(Image courtesy of Olamsport)
Earlier today Uzbek site Olamsport reported that unbeaten Uzbek puncher Shohjahon Ergashev (17-0, 15) [Шохжахон Эргашев] has had his next bout arranged for November 8th and will take place Greece.
At the moment full details of the bout haven't been confirmed, but Ergashev is expected to have his opponent named at the start of next week for the bout, and things like the specific venue and rounds will be announced as well.
The exciting, but crude, Uzbek has already scored 2 wins this year. He struggled past the incredibly awkward Mykal Fox back in February then dominated Abidel Ramirez in August as he continued to climb up the rankings towards a potential world title fight. On paper a fight is Greece does seem a weird choice, though it's likely to be little more than a stay busy fight for him much like his 2018 bouts in Russia against the likes of Junma Waswa and Nazareno Gaston Ruiz.
Tonight we'll see Uzbek fighter Shohjahon Ergashev (16-0, 14) [Шохжахон Эргашев] face off with Mexican foe Abdiel Ramirez (24-4-1, 22) in a potentially explosive and exciting fight.
Yesterday the two men took part in their weigh in for the contest.
On the scales it was the Mexican who was the heavier man, with Ramirez coming in at 64KG and Ergashev weighing in at 63.5kg. That was despite Ergashev looking the naturally smaller, shorter man.
The two fighters will be in action on Showbox as part of a really interesting Salita promoted card in Oklahoma.
For those interested in gambling Ergashev is a 1/16 favourite, whilst Abdiel is available at 13/1 and the draw is 35/1.
(Image courtesy of OlamSport)
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