USC Soviet Wings, Moscow, Russia
In Russia this coming Friday Uzbek promotional outfit Shamo Boxing put on their next show, and it's a lengthy card with a number of exciting Asian fighters on it and a number of very talented fighters, from both Central Asia and Russia.
The most notable of the fights to feature an Asian fighter will see unbeaten Uzbek hopeful Ravshan Makhamadjonov (10-0, 7) battle against once beaten Ukrainian Volodymyr Hordiienko (8-1, 3) for a WBC Youth title. Although not regarded as highly as some of the other Uzbek youngsters Makhamadjonov looks like a real classy prospect, and unlike many of his top countrymen he's able to build his record away from the eyes of the wider boxing world, and take his time to develop. Sadly we were unable to find footage of Hordiienko, but this looks like it's a step up for him and one of his toughest bouts, on paper. As with many WBC Youth title bouts, the winner will be taking a notable step forward with their career.
In a rather weird looking match up Russian based Kazakh born fighter Vladimir Kelesh (7-0, 5) will be taking on Russian veteran Valery Brudov (44-15, 30), who was last seen in the ring in December 2018 and us without a win since a victory back in April 2017. We've yet to see Kelesh in action but this is a huge chance for him to get a recognisable name on his record. Brudov is shot to pieces, but does have some name value, still.
Russian based Uzbek Ravshan Ergashev (5-0, 2) looks to continue his development as he takes on ISreal born Russian novice Mikhail Ostroumov (1-0, 1). On paper this looks like one where Ergashev should be favoured, but Ostroumov's sole win, over Karen Avetisyan, is far better than anything on Ergashev's record. This should be a very interesting match up, even if neither man is particularly experienced.
One other man pencilled in for this show is Kazakh fighter Iskander Kharsan (7-1, 6), who will be looking to bounce back from his 2019 upset loss to Thomas Essomba. Sadly at the time of writing his opponent for this bout hasn't been named, and isn't expected to be anyone too testing given his loss last time out.