In Connecticut we're expecting to see two Uzbek hopefuls this coming Thursday, though sadly never man has had his opponent named at the time of writing.
One of those is 23 year old Fazliddin Meliboev (0-0), who was a well travelled and experienced amateur fighter. Meliboev has experience in the WBS, has fought to a high level in the amateurs and should have pretty high expectations on his shoulders. Interestingly in the WSB he beat Russian fighter Zaur Abdullaev, who is getting a world title eliminator later this year. He'll be debuting against once beaten American Marcus Washington (4-1, 1). On paper Washington is riding a 4 fight winning streak and is more than 3 years removed from his last loss, but on the other hand he's not fought in almost 2 years and is 36 years old.
The other Uzbek on this card is Hurshidbek Normatov (8-0, 3), who looks set to move into 8 round bouts. The 27 year old has promised quite a bit since his debut more than 3 years ago, but he's yet to be tested in the professional ranks, and hopefully that will change in the near future. He's talented, awkward and could go a long way. Here he will be up against veteran American Walter Wright (17-6, 8). Wright was once a pretty decent fighter and took part in the Contender way back in 2006, but that was more than a decade ago and he's now 38 and a long, long way removed from the fighter he once was. If Normatov is as good as we think he should take a clear decision here.