By - George Delis (@Delisketo)
-Alexander Povetkin (35-2): WBA #8 / WBC #10
The former Olympic & World champion will challenge Dillian Whyte (27-1) on May 2nd for the interim WBC title.
-Evgeny Romanov (14-0): WBO #8
Romanov kept his undefeated record intact throughout 2019 and also became the inaugural WBO Global Heavyweight champion.
-Sergey Kuzmin (15-1): WBA #13
Kuzmin’s fight with Zhang Zhilei (21-0) was cancelled due to the Russian suffering an injury during training.
-Aleksei Egorov (10-0): WBA Gold champion
Egorov will face combat sports veteran Vasil Ducar (8-2) on March 12th.
-Evgeny Tishchenko (7-0): WBO #7 / IBF #12
The 2016 Olympic champion successfully defended his WBO Intercontinental title, for the second time, against Marcos Antonio Aumada (21-9) this past weekend.
-Ruslan Fayfer (25-1): IBF #1 / WBC #4 / WBO #6 / WBA #12
Fayfer defeated Yury Kashinsky (19-1) to become the #1 contender for the IBF championship. He will now clash with Dmitry Kudryashov, on May 8th, in a WBC eliminator.
-Aleksei Papin (11-1): WBC #8
The former kickboxing star & 2 time IBF International champion wants a revenge match with Ilunga Makabu (27-2).
-Dmitry Kudryashov (24-3): WBC #10 / IBF #14
As mentioned above, Kudryashov will take on Ruslan Fayfer next.
-Yury Kashinsky (16-1): IBF #8 / WBA #9 / WBC #12
Kashinsky knocked out Cesar David Crenz (25-15) on February 12th.
-Artur Beterbiev (15-0): IBF & WBC World champion
The unified WBC & IBF champion defends his belts against mandatory challenger Fanlong Meng (16-0), on March 28th, in Canada. It’s also worth mentioning that, according to a representative of the Russian Boxing federation, a major event will take place at the Gazprom Arena (67K capacity), this coming August, which will be headlined by Beterbiev.
-Dmitry Bivol (17-0): WBA (Super) World champion
No news on when Bivol’s 7th defense takes place.
-Maksim Vlasov (45-3): WBO #3 / IBF #9
Vlasov defended his WBO Global title twice last year. He will take on Umar Salamov as part of a 4man tournament for the vacant WBO World championship this summer.
-Igor Mikhalkin (23-2): WBC #9 / IBF #10 / WBO #14 / WBA #12
Mikhalkin will have the opportunity to become a 2 time European champion, when he meets Callum Johnson (18-1) in Manchester, for the vacant EBU title, on March 7th.
-Rustam Tulaganov (3-0): WBA #15
The 2016 Olympic Bronze medalist defeated Norbert Dabrowski (23-9) last month to win his 1st professional title. Tulaganov is set to defend his WBA Continental belt on April 4th. (Opponent TBA)
-Umar Salamov (25-1): WBO #2 / IBF #4 / WBA #8
Salamov successfully retained the WBO International title for the 3rd time after knocking out Emmanuel Danso (32-5) back in September. As aforementioned, a fight with Maksim Vlasov will take place in summer.
-Sergey Kovalev (34-4): WBO #6 / WBC #7
The former WBA, WBC, WBO, IBF World champion will return to the ring on April 25th, when he goes up against Sullivan Barrera (22-3).
-Fedor Chudinov (22-2): WBA Gold champion
Fedor fought 4 times in 2019, capturing the WBA Gold championship in the process. He will mark his inaugural defense over 2x world title challenger Isaac Chilemba (26-7) on March 21st, in Vladikavkaz.
-Aidos Yerbossynuly (13-0): WBA #2 / WBO #8 / IBF #13
The unified WBA International, WBO Global & WBC Asia Continental champion defended his belts this past December, against Omar Garcia (15-3), whom he knocked out in the 8th round. According to his manager, Aidos has already started training for his next bout. The details will be revealed soon.
-Azizbek Abdugofurov (13-0): WBC #2
Azizbek will put his WBC Silver title on the line against the WBO International champion Lerrone Richards (13-0) on April 18th.
-Aslambek Idigov (18-0): WBO #7
The WBO & IBF European champion fought and beat former MMA fighter Ryan Ford (17-6) on February 21st to also capture the WBA Asia title.
-Bektemir Melikuziev (5-0): WBA #15
The 2016 Olympic Silver medalist made short work of Oscar Cortes (27-6) on Valentine’s Day. His next match will be in April.
-Vladimir Shishkin (10-0): WBC #12
Shishkin remained undefeated on January 17th while also ruining Ulises Sierra’s (15-1) perfect record in the process.
-Ali Akhmedov (16-0): WBC #15
Akhmedov defended his WBC International Silver title against Andrew Hernandez (20-8) a few months ago.
-Evgeny Shvedenko (13-0): IBF #7
Shvedenko earned 2 unanimous decision victories over Nadjib Mohammedi (42-8) and Nuhu Lawal (27-6) last year. He will now fight Rowan Campbell (12-0) on March 28th for the vacant IBO title.
-Gennady Golovkin (40-1): IBF World champion
Triple G will mark his inaugural IBF title defense against Kamil Szeremeta (21-0) in May or June.
-Kanat Islam (27-0): WBO #3
The 2008 Olympic Bronze medalist made his triumphant return after a 2 year hiatus and demolished Julio De Jesus (27-2) in 14 seconds to become the new WBO International champion. He then defeated former world title challenger Walter Kautondokwa (18-2) last October.
-Magomed Madiev (14-0): WBA #2
Madiev won a hard fought battle with Evgeny Terentiev (15-3) to defend his Eurasian title.
-Janibek Alimkhanuly (8-0): WBO #4 / WBC #9 / IBF #12
The 2013 AIBA World champion knocked out Albert Onolunose (24-3) in November to successfully defend his WBO Global & WBC Continental Americas titles. His next opponent will be the undefeated Issah Samir (18-0), whom he’ll face on March 28th in Canada.
-Meiirim Nursultanov (13-0): IBF #8
Nursultanov took a unanimous decision over Christian Olivas (18-6) to win the WBC US title this past November.
-Israil Madrimov (5-0): WBA #2
Madrimov dominated the former world title challenger Charlie Navarro (29-10) in a WBA final eliminator.
-Bakhram Murtazaliev (17-0): IBF #1 / WBO #3 / WBC #14
Murtazaliev has scored victories over Elvin Ayala (29-13), Bruno Leonardo Romay (21-8) and Jorge Fortea (20-2) in 2019.
-Magomed Kurbanov (19-0): WBA #5 / WBO #7 / WBC #10
The 2 time WBO International champion went to war with Ismail Iliev (12-2) on March 7th and came out victorious.
-Alexander Besputin (14-0): WBA (Regular) World champion
Besputin tested positive for a banned substance and could be stripped of his title.
-Sergey Lipinets (16-1): WBO #3 / IBF #3 / WBC #9
The former IBF Super Lightweight World champion will lock horns with the undefeated Kudratillo Abdukakhorov, on May 16th, for the interim IBF title.
-David Avanesyan (26-3): WBC #5 / IBF #6 / WBA #6 / WBO #10
Avanesyan will put his European title on the line, against the former WBA International champion Josh Kelly (10-0), on March 28th.
-Kudratillo Abdukakhorov (17-0): IBF #1 / WBC #7 / WBO #9
As mentioned above, Kudratillo will clash with Lipinets in May.
-Nursultan Zhangabayev (8-0): WBA #7 / IBF #7 / WBO #15
Zhangabayev was supposed to defend his WBA Intercontinental title against Ernesto Espana (30-2) in December of 2019 but the match was cancelled due to an injury.
-Shakhram Giyasov (9-0): WBA #7
The 2016 Olympic Silver medalist slept the former interim WBA champion Darleys Perez (34-5), in less than a minute, this past summer.
-Shohjahon Ergashev (18-0): WBA #6 / IBF #6 / WBO #12
Ergashev stopped Adrian Estrella (29-5) in the opening round of their contest, with a nasty body shot.
-Zhankosh Turarov (24-0) WBO #9
The WBO Intercontinental champion will defend his strap against Alexander Duran (20-0), on March 28th, in Almaty.
-Batyrzhan Jukembayev (18-0): IBF #8 / WBC #11 / WBA #15
Jukembayev scored a major victory, this past September, defeating longtime World Lightweight title holder Miguel Vazquez (42-9) to become the WBA Continental & IBF Intercontinental champion. He then knocked out Ricardo Lara (22-8) on January 25th.
-Eduard Troyanovsky (28-2): WBC #7 / IBF #14
The former IBF World champion faces Matias Raimundo Diaz (8-5) on March 13th.
-Batyr Akhmedov (7-1): WBA #5
Akhmedov and Mario Barrios (25-0) are very likely to meet again for the WBA (Regular) title later this year.
-Roman Andreev (23-0): WBO #4 / IBF #12
The former WBO European & Intercontinental champion has signed with Top Rank and will be making his US debut in the coming months.
-Pavel Malikov (16-1): IBF #8 / WBO #14
Malikov earned a majority decision against former world title challenger Isa Chaniev (13-3).
-Zapir Rasulov (34-1): WBA #15
The Russian knockout artist will face Augusto Pinilla (16-14) on April 21st.
-Viktor Kotochigov (11-0): WBC #11
Kotochigov defended his WBC International title against Javier Jose Clavero (27-7) this past December.
-Zaur Abdullaev (11-1): WBC #6
Zaur suffered an injury during his interim WBC title fight with Devin Haney (24-0) and couldn’t capture the gold.
-Mark Urvanov (18-2): WBA Gold champion
Urvanov delivered a stunning KO to end the undefeated streak of Akzhol Sulaimanbek Uulu (15-1) and to become the inaugural WBA Gold champion.
-Muhammadkhuja Yaqubov (16-0): WBC #7 / WBO #8 / IBF #15
Yaqubov earned the biggest win of his career on March 7th, defeating former World champion Tomas Rojas (51-19) in Ekaterinburg and retaining his WBC International title.
-Shavkat Rakhimov (15-0): IBF #1 / WBC #3
Rakhimov knocked out Azinga Fuzile (14-1) in an IBF final eliminator.
-Akzhol Sulaimanbek Uulu (15-1): WBA #6
Uulu suffered his first loss at the hands of Mark Urvanov.
-Tugstsogt Nyambayar (11-1): WBC #3
The 2012 Olympic Silver medalist unsuccessfully challenged Gary Russell Jr. (31-1) for the WBC World championship in February.
-Murodjon Akhmadaliev (8-0): WBA & IBF World champion.
The 2016 Olympic Bronze medalist edged Daniel Roman (27-3) to become a World champion at the age of 25. His next opponent could be the interim IBF title holder Ryosuke Iwasa (27-3).
-Nikolai Potapov (21-2): WBO #9 / IBF #10
Potapov got the DQ victory over Nasibu Ramadhani (29-15) in October.
-Mikhail Aloyan (5-1): WBA Gold champion
The 2012 Olympic Bronze medalist made a successful in ring comeback on December 10th, besting Ronal Batista (12-2) to capture the WBA Gold championship.
-Olimjon Nazarov (22-5): WBO #9
Nazarov has been on an impressive 9 fight winning streak since 2018. His latest victory was over Orlie Silvestre (15-6) on February 29th for the vacant WBO Oriental title.
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