This coming week is a really busy one, with so many fights that it should have been easy to find an interesting bout that features an Asian fighter in a non-title. Surprisingly however it wasn't as easy as expected and turned out to be quite an awkward week. Looking deeper however there was a Heavyweight bout that did excite us, and came on probably the highest profile card of the week.
The One to Watch?
Mahammadrasul Majidov (1-0, 1) vs Tom Little (10-7, 3)
December 7th (Saturday)
A former amateur Super Heavywight sensation taking part in his second bout, with his handlers looking to move him very quickly, against a fighter who should ask some questions and has mixed with, though been beaten by, some very good fighters. Whilst this isn't expected to be a competitive bout it will help us compare Majidov to some other Heavyweights, at this very early stage of his career.
Russian born Azeri Mahammadrasul Majidov is among the hardest punchers to have ever fought in the amateurs. He punched like a mule, and even with amateur gloves on he was knocking people out whilst carving out a very successful amateur career. He was a 2-time World Amateur champion, winning in 2011 and 2013, and scored notable amateur wins over the likes of Erislandy Savon, Ivan Dychko, Anthony Joshua and Roberto Cammarelle. As well as the amateur success he was also able to have success in the WSB, and scored wins over Ruslan Myrsatayev and Tony Yoka. Although a huge puncher he is limited and at 33 years old it's clear his team have to move him very fast.
Tom Little is a 32 year old English Heayweight who has been in with some of the more notable Heavyweight hopefuls, with losses to Daniel Dubois and Filip Hrgovic, as well as David Price. He's doesn't do anything great, but did manage to survive into round 4 with Hrgovic and Price, and round 5 with Dubois, showing there is some resillience there, and he has enough tools in the locker to test someone who is slow and technically crude, as Majidov often appears to be.
What to expect?
It's clear this bout is expected to be a second stoppage win for Majidov, and with Little coming into this bout on the back of 3 straight stoppage losses, and more than a year out of the ring, it should be an easy one. Majidov is unlikely to become the professional star that his amateur pedigree suggest he could be, he's simply too old, but he should shine here against a a limit but game opponent. Little won't look to quit, but we see Majidov breaking him down and getting rid of him after 4 or 5 rounds of heavy, heavy shots from the Azeri.
The bad news?
This bout is sadly taking place in Saudi Arabia on a card that appears to be a very distasteful one and one that certainly has some moral questions over it, and that's ignoring the high PPV cost for the main show. We know some fans don't think the sport has any moral reasons to avoid Saudi Arabia, though for us a country that persecutes it's citizens and has state sponsored assassinations of journalists is a country we'd rather not have in the sport.
Takahiro Onaga is a regular contributor to Asian Boxing and will now be a featured writer in his own column where his takes his shot at various things in the boxing world.