By - George Delis (@Delisketo)
-Alexander Povetkin (35-2): WBA #7 / WBC #9 / IBF #10
The former Olympic & World champion might be facing Dillian Whyte (27-1) on April 18th.
-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 #12
Kuzmin’s fight with Zhang Zhilei (21-0) was cancelled due to the Russian suffering an injury during training. He will step into a US ring again later this month. (Date & opponent TBA)
-Aleksei Egorov (10-0): WBA Gold champion
Egorov bested Roman Golovashchenko (20-5) within 3 rounds to be declared the new WBA Gold champion. He defended his belt on December 7th against Serhiy Radchenko (7-5). Egorov now stands next in line for Arsen Goulamirian’s Super title.
-Evgeny Tishchenko (6-0): WBO #7 / IBF #13
The 2016 Olympic champion won the vacant WBO Intercontinental title after knocking out Abraham Tabul (16-3) in the opening round and defended it against Issa Akberbayev (20-1). Tishchenko will put his belt on the line again on March 7th. (Opponent TBA)
-Ruslan Fayfer (25-1): IBF #1 / WBC #5 / WBO #6 / WBA #11
Fayfer defeated Yury Kashinsky (18-1) to become the #1 contender for the IBF championship. He will now clash with former world title challenger Dmitry Kudryashov (24-3), on May 8th, in a WBC eliminator.
-Aleksei Papin (11-1): WBC #9
The former kickboxing star & 2 time IBF International champion wants a revenge match with Ilunga Makabu (27-2).
-Dmitry Kudryashov (24-3): WBC #11 / IBF #15
The former WBC Silver & WBA International champion won a controversial decision over Vaclav Pejsar (14-9) on December 21st. As mentioned above, he meets Ruslan Fayfer next in Russia.
-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
Bivol’s 7th defense is rumored to be against either the undefeated former WBO Super Middleweight champion Gilberto Ramirez (40-0) or Badou Jack (22-3) in April.
-Maksim Vlasov (45-3): WBO #3 / IBF #10
Vlasov defended his WBO Global title twice last year, over Isaac Chilemba (26-7) as well as Emmanuel Martey (15-1). It’s very likely that he and Umar Salamov square off for the vacant WBO World championship in the near future.
-Igor Mikhalkin (23-2): WBC #8 / IBF #11 / WBO #14 / WBA #14
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.
-Umar Salamov (25-1): WBO #2 / IBF #4 / WBA #9
Salamov successfully retained the WBO International title for the 3rd time after knocking out Emmanuel Danso (31-5) in September. As aforementioned, a fight with Vlasov for the WBO World title could take place soon.
-Sergey Kovalev (34-4): WBO #6 / WBC #6
The former WBA, WBC, WBO, IBF World champion aims to continue his career in 2020.
-Fedor Chudinov (22-2): WBA Gold champion
Fedor fought 4 times in 2019. He most recently bested Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam (37-5) in Vladikavkaz, to capture the WBA Gold championship. Chudinov will return to the ring this coming March.
-Aidos Yerbossynuly (13-0): WBA #2 / WBO #7
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 (17-0): WBO #6
The WBO & IBF European champion will face former MMA fighter Ryan Ford (17-5) on February 21st.
-Bektemir Melikuziev (4-0): WBA #15
The 2016 Olympic Silver medalist made his pro debut in 2019, winning 4 fights in a row and also capturing the WBA Continental Americas title. His next opponent will be former world title challenger Marco Antonio Periban (25-5). The match takes place next week.
-Vladimir Shishkin (10-0): WBC #15
Shishkin remained undefeated on January 17th while also ruining Ulises Sierra’s (15-1) perfect record in the process.
-Ali Akhmedov (16-0): WBC #14
Akhmedov defended his WBC International Silver title against Andrew Hernandez (20-8) 3 months ago.
-Evgeny Shvedenko (13-0): IBF #9
Shvedenko earned 2 unanimous decision victories over Nadjib Mohammedi (42-8) and Nuhu Lawal (27-6) last year.
-Gennady Golovkin (40-1): IBF World champion
Triple G will mark his inaugural IBF title defense against the unbeaten Kamil Szeremeta (21-0) on March 28th.
-Kanat Islam (27-0): WBO #4
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 (15-2) to defend his Eurasian title.
-Janibek Alimkhanuly (8-0): WBO #5 / WBC #10 / 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 fight will be this coming March. The exact date and opponent will be announced soon.
-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.
-Bakhram Murtazaliev (17-0): IBF #1 / WBO #3 / WBC #11
Murtazaliev has scored victories over Elvin Ayala (29-13), Bruno Leonardo Romay (21-8) and Jorge Fortea (20-2) in 2019.
-Israil Madrimov (4-0): WBA #3
The WBA Intercontinental champion will fight 15 year veteran Charlie Navarro (29-9) on February 29th.
-Magomed Kurbanov (18-0): WBA #4 / WBO #7 / WBC #7
Kurbanov defeated former interim WBA World titlist Diego Gabriel Chaves (27-6) to become a 2 time WBO International champion. His first defense will be on March 7th. (Opponent TBA)
-Artem Oganesyan (11-0): WBO #14
The Russian rising star will face Fouad El Massoudi (17-12) on February 21st.
-Alexander Besputin (14-0): WBA (Regular) World champion
Besputin tested positive for a banned substance and could be stripped of his title.
-Kudratillo Abdukakhorov (17-0): IBF #1 / WBC #5 / WBO #9
Kudratillo might face Lipinets for the interim IBF championship on February 22nd.
-David Avanesyan (26-3): WBC #4 / 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 24th.
-Sergey Lipinets (16-1): WBO #3 / IBF #3 / WBC #7
The former IBF Super Lightweight World champion could be locking horns with the undefeated Kudratillo Abdukakhorov really soon.
-Nursultan Zhangabayev (8-0): WBA #7 / IBF #7 / WBO #15
Zhangabayev was supposed to defend his WBA Intercontinental title against Ernesto Espana (30-2) on December 21st but the match was cancelled due to injury. He will make his return next month. It’s not known yet if Espana will be his opponent.
-Shakhram Giyasov (9-0): WBA #7 / IBF #15
The 2016 Olympic Silver medalist knocked out the former interim WBA World champion Darleys Perez (34-5), in less than a minute, to defend his WBA International title.
-Shohjahon Ergashev (18-0): WBA #6 / IBF #6 / WBO #13
The undefeated Ergashev stopped Adrian Estrella (29-5) in the opening round of their contest, with a nasty body shot, a few weeks ago.
-Zhankosh Turarov (24-0) WBO #9
Turarov made short work of Mauro Maximiliano Godoy (32-5) last summer, thus becoming the new WBO Intercontinental champion.
-Eduard Troyanovsky (28-2): WBC #7 / IBF #13
The former IBF World champion defeated Josef Zahradnik (11-4) in his comeback match.
-Batyrzhan Jukembayev (18-0): IBF #8 / WBC #12 / 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.
-Batyr Akhmedov (7-1): WBA #5
Akhmedov and Mario Barrios (25-0) are very likely to meet again for the WBA (Regular) title in 2020.
-Roman Andreev (23-0): WBO #3 / 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 #13
Kotochigov defended his WBC International title against Javier Jose Clavero (27-6) 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.
-Shavkat Rakhimov (15-0): IBF #1 / WBC #4
Rakhimov knocked out Azinga Fuzile (14-1) to become the number 1 contender for the IBF World championship.
-Akzhol Sulaimanbek Uulu (15-0): WBA #6
Sulaimanbek stopped both Pipat Chaiporn (47-13) and Milner Marcano (21-9) in 2019 to defend his WBA Asia title. He now challenges Mark Urvanov for the WBO International title, on March 7th.
-Muhammadkhuja Yaqubov (15-0): WBC #7 / WBO #8 / IBF #15
The undefeated WBC International champion marked his inaugural title defense against former interim WBA World titlist Emanuel Lopez (30-12) and his second one against Abraham Montoya (18-2). He will compete again on March 7th. (Opponent TBA)
-Mark Urvanov (17-2): WBO #10
Urvanov earned the biggest win of his career last year, when he knocked out former world title challenger Evgeny Chuprakov (21-2) to capture the WBO International championship. As said above, he will mark his inaugural defense against Akzhol Sulaimanbek Uulu.
-Tugstsogt Nyambayar (11-0): WBC #1
The 2012 Olympic Silver medalist will challenge Gary Russell Jr. (30-1) for the WBC World championship on February 8th.
-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 #10 / 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 (21-5): WBO #9
Nazarov has been on an impressive 8 fight winning streak since 2018. His latest victory was over Chaiwat Buadkratok (32-3) in Vietnam. Nazarov will square off with Orlie Silvestre (15-5) on February 29th for the vacant WBO Oriental title.
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