USC Soviet Wings, Moscow, Russia
With Christmas coming up there isn't a lot of action on December 24th, as we can under-stand, but there is a show in Russia, and it features several Asian fighters on it.
The most notable of the Asian fighters on this card is experienced Thai Kaewfah Tor Buamas (29-7, 19), aka Krai Setthaphon, who is set to take on the debuting Karen Tonakanyan (0-0), who appears to be the latest in the growing number of Armenian prospects. The 34 year old Kaewfah has been around the block in his 11 year career, though has sadlty lost his last 3 and looks like a man who has seen much, much better days. The 28 year old Tonakanyan had a long amateur career and is looking to be moved quickly in the professional ranks. On paper this looks one that Thai might win, but in reality we expect the younger man to run through him in the later stages of this 8 rounder.
In another bout on this card Russian based Georgian born Welterweight prospect Alexander Tibilov (8-0, 6) will be up against Tajik fighter Nozimjon Tojiboev (2-6, 2). Although Tojiboev is better than his record suggests we can't see this ending in anything other than a loss for him against a man who has been racking up early wins over the last 14 months, with 5 straight stoppages in the first 2 rounds. This should go rounds, but Tibilov should be took good for the Tajik.
Another Tajik fighter pencilled in for this show is amateur standout Bakhodur Usmonov (0-0), who is set to make his professional debut in a 6 rounder on this show. At the time of writing however his opponent is unknown. The 22 year old from Dushanbe is a very good amateur and he won gold at the 2019 Asian Amateur Boxing Championships, so is certainly one to watch going forward.
Also on this card will be 2016 Olympic gold meal winner Hasanboy Dusmatov (1-0, 1), who looks to claim his second professional win as he moves up to 115lbs and battles Artem Tkachenko (5-0, 3). It's a shame Dusmatov hasn't been busier, but we suspect he'll get some rounds, and get the win here, as he looks to go into 2021 with some momentumn.