Back on Monday we saw Shohjahon Ergashev (19-0, 17) pick up his latest win, as he scored a stoppage win over Belorussian foe Dzmitry Miliusha in Russia. It now seems likely that Ergashev will have some serious questions to answer the next time he speaks with his promoter, Salita Promotions, but if that can be ironed out he's in a great position to have some very interesting fights in 2021. Something he genuinely needs, and seriously deserves at this point in his career.
Assuming there isn't a major hold up in Ergashev's career due to legal issues we're going to take a look at some potential match ups for Ergashev in our weekly "Five For" series.
1-Batyrzhan Jukembayev (18-0-0-2, 14)
The number one bout that we want to see Ergashev in is an all Asian clash with unbeaten Kazakh Batyrzhan Jukembayev, which was a bout that was in talks for 2020 before Jukembayev turned to the bout down. Whilst the reason the bout didn't get signed off is debated, with Jukembayev's promoter and his manager stating different things, it was a bout that looked brilliant we wished had been a done deal. Hopefully there is still interest enough in this bout to get it made and give us a fantastic all Asian 140lb war between two men each seeking a big win in the new year.
2-Shakhram Giyasov (10-0, 8)
We know we don't live in a perfect world but, in a perfect world, Ergashev's future would involve an all-Uzbek bout with fellow Uzbek Shakhram Giyasov. This bout has been spoke about on Uzbek websites as a potential future bout, and it is one both men have spoke about as well, showing their is interest there from the fighters. As for the actual match up, what a bout this would be between two talented, heavy handed boxer-punchers. Ergahsev is the more experienced professional, and appears to be slightly further along but Giyasov was an excellent amateur, winning an Olympic silver medal, and has been matched harder than Ergashev. In a perfect world this would be next for both men, though it does seem unlikely to happen any time soon.
3-Miguel Vazquez (42-10, 16)
If Ergashev can't get in to the ring with Jukembayev then getting into the ring with someone who has previously faced Jukembayev would be a good move. With that in mind a bout between the hard hitting Uzbek and the skilled, awkward, frustrating and accurate Miguel Vazquez would certainly make for an interesting match up. Although Vazquez is certainly not the most dangerous out there or the must aggressive he's very among the most talented fighters at 140lbs and is very capable of giving a fighter like Ergashev a real test. Ergashev should be too good, too strong and too powerful, though Vazquez's counter punching, timing and movement would mean Ergashev would have to work for his win.
4-Anthony Yigit (24-1-1, 8)
One thing Ergashev needs is a real test. Someone who is tough, talented, know his way around the ring and won't be there to lose. With that in mind talented and tough Swede Anthony Yigit would make for a solid test. It's one where Ergashev's power, aggression and physicality would be expected to be too much, however Yigiti can certainly fight, he can box and he's rebuilt well since a 2018 loss to Ivan Baranchyk, in a IBF world title bout. It's one of those bouts where there will be a very clear favourite, but we do expect that to get a real work out and a very serious test, two things we want to see from Ergashev sooner rather than later.
5-Liam Paro (19-0, 12)
One final possibility would be a bout between Ergashev and unbeaten Australian Liam Paro, who could, potentially, clash in an IBF or WBO world title eliminator. The heavy handed Ergashev would be the favourite here, but Paro can't be over-looked and the 24 year old from Queensland has been impressing in recent years, taking 3 unbeaten records in his last 6 bouts. Paro maybe lacks the power to keep Ergashev honest, but certainly has the skills to ask questions of the Uzbek. Interestingly Paro is ranked higher than Ergashev with both the IBF and WBO, but it's fair to say that Ergashev would be favoured.
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).