20 Predictions for 2020: PREDICTION number 9- Promotion of Central Asian fighters continues to frustrate
As we head towards a new year we've decided to look into our glass balls, our tea leaves and our palms to come up with 20 predictions which will be posted over the coming weeks for what we think will happen in 2020. So far our predictions haven't been the best though they've not all been wrong.
In 2013 we predicted that Naoya Inoue, his brother Takuma and Kosei Tanaka would all win world titles. Between them they've won a few world titles, though Takuma has yet to win a proper world title. That same year we also predicted a growth in Chinese boxing, and this arguably happened despite the fact the Macau side of things has died off. We also predicted a growth in Asian fighters making a name for themselves in the US, this was before Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, Naoya Inoue or Kazuto Ioka had fought on US soil, and before the wave of Uzbek's had began to attract US attention.
Unlike the past, where we have made all of our predictions in 1 article, we'll be spreading these ones out with 1 prediction per article, and going more in depth than we have in the past.
Prediction number 9- Promotion of Central Asian fighters continues to frustrate
Over the last few years we've seen a real rise in fighters from Central Asia, with fighters from Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan really making a mark in an impressive fashion. Amazingly however a lot of the top Central Asian hopefuls have made their name despite being badly promoted and at times had their careers made to feel more frustrating than they should be.
We know there's been some stand out cases of Central Asian fighters making a name for themselves, such Sadriddin Akhmedov, Israil Madrimov and Murodjon Akhmadaliev, it feels many haven't had the best of support from their teams.
Bakhodir Jalolov should be a star but has had only 2 pro bouts in 2019, the same applies with Ivan Dychko. Fighters like Hasanboy Dusmatov have seen dates of bouts change, shift and not go as planned, and others, like Shakhram Giyasov have had bouts made on short notice, not doing them any great favours.
The professional development of the Central Asian Asian fighters, particularly in the US, has been more due to the fighters the promoters behind them. Hopefully that changes, but our prediction is that the Central Asian fighters will have to work much harder than they need for the promotion and hype they deserve.
Fighters like Bektemir Melikuziev have star power, exciting styles and deserve to be given real attention on broadcasts. Hopefully that changes, promoters realise these fighters have the potential to be major stars, and the skills to make a name for themselves. Sadly though we expect it will be another couple of years before Central Asian fighters are regularly headlining major cards, and being given the backing their talent, desire and hunger merits.
(Image courtesy of uz24.uz)
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