Municipal Boxing Gym Felix Pagan Pintor, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
It's fair to say that February was a really, really quiet month when it came to Asian fighters in action. Thankfully March is set to be far busier, with regular action through out the month.
The first bout with an Asian fighter for the new month will see the once beaten Kazakh Ruslan Madiyev (13-1, 5) take on the unbeaten Danielito Zorrilla (14-0, 11). We've not seen Madiyev in action since a July 2019 win over Ricky Sismundo, when he took a clear decision over the Filipino stalwart, and it's hard to know how much ambition the 28 year old still has for the sport. He was once tipped for big things but inactivity over the last few years, and a 2018 upset loss to Pablo Cesar Cano, does leave his career hanging by a bit of a thread.
In the opposite corner to Madiyev will be a 27 year old Puerto Rican who has looked brilliant at times. The talented Zorrilla is on the verge of breaking out, and he just needs one or two recognisable names on his record. We don't think a win over Madiyev will be enough for him to become a star, but it will help move him forward, and move him towards bigger and better things. And we do expect him to pick up the win here. We think he's going to be too hungry, too big and too strong for the rather easy to hit Kazakh.