I'll be the first one to admit that the 2019 Treasure Trove series went on long than I ever expected, and given what happened for much of 2020 that's probably a good thing as there was a genuine worry that I'd run out of fights to cover in that series before we had enough fights from 2020 to talk about. I needn't have feared as, even with a reduced schedule, 2020 has given us some brilliant hidden gems. To kick this series off we're going to talk about one of the most insane fights we saw take place in China during the year. It's not high level stuff, but it is thoroughly entertaining, wild and crazy. Just the sort of fight this series was set up to show case!
Zixiang Wang (1-1, 1) vs Mukhammadiso Zokhidov (0-0)
Let me start by saying that neither man is well known. In fact there's a good chance this is probably one of the first time you've seen the names of Zixiang Wang and Mukhammadiso Zokhidov. Don't let that put you off as together they made for something truly spectacular.
According to Boxrec Chinese Zixiang Wang was 18 at the time of this fight, at least they did when this was being written, though the on screen graphics says he was 25. Whatever his age it doesn't really matter, what does matter is that he was an inexperienced Chinese fighters, fighting in his third professional bout. Prior to this bout he only had two bouts recorded to his name, both of which occurred in 2017, winning a 4th round TKO on debut before losing a split decision in his second bout. There was then a 2 year break in his career before this bout.
In the opposite corner to Wang was 23 year old Uzbek debutant Mukhammadiso Zokhidov. Very little was known about Zokhidov but like every Uzbek fighter it was assumed that he knew what he was doing. He came into the ring looking confident and seemed very self assured in his corner before the bout. It was likely in his mind that he was going to rip through the baby faced Chinese local in an easy Lightweight bout.
Note before we talk about the contest. The sound for this is out of synch with the video, so it may be worth watching it on mute and just enjoying the action, which speaks for it's self.
From the opening seconds we saw Zokhidov swinging for the fences before being sent to the canvas. It was ruled a slip but it was clear, after just 20 seconds, that both men were tense, letting shots go and wildly reckless. Soon afterwards Wang landed a several solid counter shots as he began to test the chin of the Uzbek. Zokhidov wasn't there to make up the numbers though and he continued throwing huge shots and lunging in whilst tossing bombs at the local.
In round 2 we began to see some crazy action as we got the first big drama of the bout. After some messy action early on we saw Zokhidov dropping Wang with a huge sweeping left. He then seemed to tap Wang a couple of times when he was down. After the count the referee took a point from the Uzbek for the little taps, which really were taps. When the action resumed Zokhidov went for the finish before being dropped himself in one of the craziest minutes we've seen in a Chinese ring.
With two knockdowns and a point deduction in the final minute or so of round 2 we were expect level heads to show in rounds 3. We expected wrong as the two men continued to sloppily try to bomb the other out. This resulted in the Uzbek throwing hayemakers in some crazy moments before heading to the canvas, again. The referee then interjected himself and took a point form Wang, after Zokhidov seemed to suggest he had been pulled down by the head. The deduction hardly counted as a tired Zokhidov was dropped again, this time legally. He looked exhausted as Wang hunted him down, looking for a finish. His exhaustion saw him holding, spoiling, and fighting in desperation through the rest of the round, before being dumped over, again.
Sadly after the bell to start round 4 Zokhidov remained in his corner, conceding defeat. His cockiness from before the fight had been punched out of him after 3 crazy, wild rounds.
One again we need to say this was low level action, and the sound on the video is out of synch, sadly,but the bout had drama, excitement, insane back and forth and more than it's share of craziness. So with that said please enjoy our first Treasure Trove 2020 article. This is a bizarre fight, it's a low level fight, but it's an incredibly fun to watch and we think you'll really enjoy the crazy brawl the breaks out here.
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.