This past Saturday we finally saw the professional debut of 2016 Olympic gold medal winner Hasanboy Dusmatov (1-0, 1), who got off the mark with a 2nd round KO win against Jesus Cervantes Villanueva in Mexico. The bout was a very low profile one, and as with many Uzbek's working with American promoters the bout wasn't well advertised and fans really had to make an effort to find it. A very frustrating issue with promoters who have some of the most talented hopefuls in sport today. Despite those problems it's clear Dusmatov can be fast tracked and today he's the focus of our latest "Five for..."
1-Esneth Domingo (13-1, 7)
Filipino opponents are fairly cheap for promoters to use, and if Dusmatov's team want someone who looks the part, and is pretty damn good, they could do a lot worse than secure Esneth Domingo to take on the Uzbek. The Filipino 21 year old is talented enough to be a test over 8 or 10 rounds, but isn't likely to be good enough to beat Dusmatov, who we suspect would be too sharp and too skilled for Domingo. This would be a great test for Dusmativ, but one he should pass with flying colours.
2-Ross Murray (10-2, 1)
British fighter Ross Murray has struggled to get Light Flyweights in the ring with him in the UK but he has still managed to break into the world rankings and holds a minor WBC title, which Dusmatov might have eyes on to boost his standing with the WBC. For Murray this would be a huge bout at his natural weight, and potentially one that would generate the attention that his career has lacked, due to low interest in the division in the UK. As for Dusmatov it again looks like a very winnable test, and a chance to take a massive step towards a world title fight.
3-Jerson Ortiz (16-2-0-1, 7)
If Dusmatov is going to fight in Mexico and America it might be worth considering Latino opponents as being the most likely set of fighters that Dusmatov will go up against. With that in mind Jerson Ortiz, who is ranked #6 by the WBA at Minimumweight, maybe the perfect opponent. Ortiz is a Nicaraguan fighter who has never been stopped and is more than 4 years removed from his last loss, in which time he has racked up 6 wins. He would be a live under-dog against Dusmatov but the Uzbek would certainly be a big favourite and would be able to crash into the world rankings here.
4-Erik Omar Lopez Garcia (14-4-1, 10)
We stay Latino opponents here with Mexican fighter Erik Omar Lopez Garcia, who is the WBA #6 ranked Light Flyweight. Garcia isn't a big name but is a solid puncher and a man on a roll with an 11 fight unbeaten record, going 10-0-1 (7) during that stretch. Although he's not had any massive wins Garcia has been quietly impressive with victories over Jose Alejandro Burgos and Gilbert Gonzalez, and also earned a draw last year against former world champion Oswaldo Novoa. Again this would be a bout for Dusmatov to gate crash the rankings, get experience against a solid puncher and get some rounds under his belt. There is an air of danger here, but that might well be what Dusmatov needs to get the best out of his skills.
5-Armando Torres (25-18, 19)
Our final choice for Dusmatov is arguably the most interesting, Armando Torres. The 38 year old veteran doesn't look the best test on paper, given he has lost 18 of his 43 pro bouts, but he is in a great position with the WBC, ranked #13, and would be coming into the bout with momentum, thanks to 4 straight early wins including a blow out over former world champion Ganigan Lopez. He's certainly beatable, and Dusmatov would be massively favoured over him however he's a veteran, he's heavy handed and he's got a notable name, having mixed on the fringes of world class for close to a decade.
Of course with Dusmatov being so early in his career his team may give him easier bouts than those listed here, though we'll be very surprised if they don't look to rush the Uzbek to a title fight at either 105lbs or 108lbs.
Thinking Out East
With this site being pretty successful so far we've decided to open up about our own views and start what could be considered effectively an editorial style opinion column dubbed "Thinking Out East" (T.O.E).