This coming Saturday we had hoped to see the ring return of Hyun Mi Choi, who was pencilled in to unify her WBA Super Featherweight title with the WBC and IBO titles of Terri Harper. Sadly that bout, which was to take place in Manchester was cancelled earlier this month when Harper had to pull out with a hand injury. That bout has left the day looking rather empty for notable Asian action, but we do have some minor bouts taking place in Russia,
USC Soviet Wings, Moscow, Russia
The show in question is a Shamo promoted event in Moscow which features a rather easy to over-look line up, but several Central Asian fighters.
One of those hopefuls is Uzbekistan's Mirzakamol Nematov (4-0, 2) who fights for the third time this year, as he takes on Evgeny Nikitin (5-5, 2). In all honesty this isn't a great bout, but it's great to see Nematov staying busy, and he only turned professional late last year with his debut in September. As long as he stays active it's hard to complain about this level of competition, this early in his career, though steps up in class will be expected in the next 12 months. Nikitin has lost his last 3 and is 1-5 against fighters with winning records, though is clearly there to allow Nematov to pick up another win and continue building some momentum at this early stage in his career.
Another fighter from Uzbekistan in action here is Bakhromjon Fozilov (2-1-3, 1) who faces Russian Alan Dzhanaev (3-2-1) in an 8 round Middleweight bout. Interestingly these two fought to a technical draw in April and both will be hoping to pick up a victory in this rematch. It's hard to imagine either man being on their way to anything big, but it is worth noting that Fozilov is unbeaten in his last 5.
Sokol Club, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Over in the US American based Basyzbek Baratov (2-1-2), originally from Kyrgyzstan, is set to return to the ring for the first time in over 4 years as he's pencilled in to face the unbeaten Ronald Harrison (2-0, 2). For Baratov his career really seemed to end after a 2017 draw with Harold Lopez, but now, aged 29, he seems set to get back into the ring and move up the weights, from Flyweight to Featherweight to face the 31 year old Harrison. Sadly for Baratov he's taking on a man who's a reported 8" inches taller and will physically dwarf him. On paper this is technically a step up for Harrison, with Baratov being his most experienced opponent by far, but Harrison's natural size is likely to be far too much for Baratov to over-come
USC Soviet Wings, Moscow, Russia
Over in Russia this coming Friday we get a number of Uzbek fighters in action, albeit in low profile bouts.
One of the bouts to feature an Uzbek on this card will see unbeaten 23 year old Mirzakamol Nematov (3-0, 1) take on the experienced Marat Khuzeev (20-17-1, 8) in 10 rounder at 154lbs. On paper this looks like is a massive step up for Nematov, who only debuted back in September and has never faced a fighter with a winning record, or gone beyond 6 rounds. Whilst it is a step up for Nematov it is worth noting that Khuzeev's record is not a good one and he has been picking up a lot of stoppage losses in recent years, and has lost his last 9 in a row, all within 3 rounds and only has a single win since 2011.
In a more competitive looking match up we'll see an all-Uzbek clash as Bakhromjon Fozilov (1-1-2, 1) takes on Nozimjon Tojiboev (2-6, 2) in a 6 rounder at Middleweight. Neither of these men are expected to go far in the sport, but they should make for an interesting clash, and we wouldn't be surprised by this being a very competitive 6 rounder.
One other man on this show who needs a mention is Eldor Abdukodirov (3-1, 1), who is scheduled to compete in a 6 rounder, though his opponent hasn't been named at the time of writing. He's another Uzbek and will be looking to build on a 2020 win against Roman Klemeshov.