This coming Sunday is a weird day, as there's shows in 3 different countries and yet there is a real lack of quality across those shows. In fact, if we're being honest, there's only one bout that really stand outs as being worthy of attention. A real shame of a day.
Aqua Bunka Hall, Toyonaka, Osaka, Japan
For us the one bout of note comes from Japan and pits a rising prospect against a former world title challenger. This could be a coming out party for the prospect, or a case of biting off more than he can chew.
The prospect looking to shine here is Ryosuke Nishida (2-0, 1), who takes on former WBO Bantamweight title challenger Shohei Omori (21-3, 16) in a really intriguing bout. Nishida turned professional following a solid, though not spectacular, amateur career and is spoke about highly by those in Osaka. He's one of the few exciting prospects at the Mutoh Gym, and we can't help but feel he might be getting this fight a little bit too early in his career. He's clearly talented, and understands how to box, but this is a massive step up. As for Omori he's a former Japanese Bantamweight champion and a very dangerous southpaw with power and speed. Sadly though Omori's once promising career has hurt a number of hurdles in recent bouts, and two losses to Marlon Tapales have left him looking like he'll never reach the top. A win for Nsihida puts him on the map here, but this is not a foregone conclusion and Omori is very much a dangerous fighter at this level. By far and away the most interesting bout of the day.
Dayao Walnut Culture Square, Chuxiong, China
We also get a card in China. Sadly though this is a mega small card, sadly most of the fighters on this card are debutants and very few are expected to go on to achieve anything any time soon.
The one notable exception is 21 year old LeQuan Wang (5-0, 3), who has more bouts to his name than the rest of the card combined. The unbeaten Wang, who debuted in May 2019, has a decent looking record, but 4 of his 5 wins have come against debutants. He'll be looking to beat another debutant here as he takes on Jiabao Yu (0-0). It's hard to know if Wang is decent, though his record being as padded as it is it's fair to say his team are going for the slow build tactic of developing someone. As for Yu, well this is his debut and he seems to lack any amateur experience to read into. On paper this looks like a mismatch, but may end up being more interesting than it first looks.
Jai Balaji Sports Academy, Sonipat, India
We also have a relatively small card in India. The show here really isn't one worthy of much attention, though there is a somewhat notable fighter on the card.
That somewhat notable fighter is Shiva (11-3, 5), who takes on Shivam Shivam (0-0)*. It's fair to suggest that Shiva is expected to pick up a win here, and record a 6th successive win as he continues to move his career forward. Despite Shiva being a somewhat notable fighter it's a shame the 25 year old isn't being matched a little bit tougher than this.
*Shivam was scheduled to debut earlier this month though it's unclear if that bout ever took place.
This Saturday promises to be a great day with a brilliant Japanese card being shown live on Boxing Raise, and a live show being streamed from the Philippines!
Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
That Japanese card comes from Tokyo and features 4 bouts of note, none are world title bouts, but there are two less title bouts on the show, and a mouth watering domestic show down, as well as a bout featuring a former Japanese national champion.
In the main event OPBF Light Welterweight champion Rikki Naito (22-2, 7) will battle against fellow Japanese fighter Yusuke Konno (16-4, 9), with both Naito's OPBF title on the line. Coming in Naito will be the clear favourite, he's the more proven man, the Oriental champion and the quicker more skilled fighter. We shouldn't write off Konno however, and he's a big, strong, powerful fighter, with good stamina and he'll be desperate to force his will on Naito. This is very much a match up of skill Vs will and knowing that Konno will be pressing and pressuring through out we can't help feel that Konno is a very live under-dog here. Our full preview of this bout is available here Naito and Konno clash for OPBF title
The chief support bout is a mouth watering match up between youngsters as Yoshimitsu Kimura (12-2, 7) and Shuma Nakazato (10-1-2, 7) clash, in a truly brilliant match up. Kimura is coming in on the back of a split decision loss to OPBF 130lb champion Hironori Mishiro, which was a great clash last year, and he'll have given his standing and confidence a huge boost despite the lost. Incidentally Nakazato's sole loss also came to Mishiro, but since then he has gone 4-0-1 and will know a win here moves him to within touch distance of a title bout. We expect this to be highly technical but also really exciting with Kimura being the aggressor, applying calculated pressure and Nakazato looking to play the role of a puncher. We wouldn't be surprised if this was the bout of the week.
The other title bout promises to be just as good as the main event, with Japanese Youth Super Flyweight champion Suzumi Takayama (3-0, 3) defending his title against Hiroto Yashiro (2-0, 2), in what will be Takayama's first defense. Unlike most countries Japan matches their young up and comers against each other often and the Youth title has seen that happen more and more often in recent years. Prior to turning professional both of these youngsters had made their marks on the amateur scene and seeing them face off at this ultra-early point in their professional careers is really exciting. This is a hard one to call and we are expecting a brilliant, tactical, hard hitting battle here. A fantastic match up and credit to both men for accepting the bout. This should be something special. Our full preview of this bout can be read here Novices clash in Japanese Youth title clash!
Also on this card will be former Japanese Super Bantamweight champion Ryoichi Tamura (15-5-1, 7), who is always worth watching. The all action Tamura will be expected to pick up a relatively easy win here, as he takes on Ryu Oba (5-4, 3), though in fairness Tamura makes even mismatches fun and exciting with his action style and aggression. Although Oba is the under-dog he'll have some confidence having won his last 2 and will be here to win. This should be fun, even if it does have a very predictable winner.
The restart in Filipino boxing has been a slow one, though we do get another show in the country today as Sanman puts on a card with several notable names on it.
The main event will see former WBO Bantamweight champion Marlon Tapales (33-3, 16) battle against Eden Sonsona (36-11-2, 13) in a bout at a contracted 132lbs, well above Tapales' best weight. This will be Tapales's first bout since losing to Ryosuke Iwasa in an IBF "interim" Super Bantamweight title bout, and to see him going up the scales this much is a worry, though he should still have enough to beat Sonsona.
Another notable fighter on this card is 2-time world title challenger Aston Palicte (26-4-1, 22), who will be in action at Bantamweight, where he takes on Reymark Taday (10-12-1, 5), in what looks very much like a confidence builder for Palicte following 2 losses last year, including one to Kazuto Ioka.
Other notables involved on the show are Joey Canoy (15-4-1, 8) and the talented Dave Apolinario (13-0, 8), who are both facing domestic foes that they shouldn't struggle with.
This event is set to be streamed on the Sanman Facebook page for those wanting to enjoy some Filipino action.
Xi An, China
As well as the action in Japan there will also be a show in China. This is another low key Chinese card, as we still see the sport re-finding it's feet in the Middle Kingdom.
One of the few interesting bouts on this show will see Jin Ping Yang (2-0-1) take on Xiaokang Song (4-0) in a battle of unbeaten men, over 10 rounds. The 23 year old Yang made his debut in October 2018, with a 4 round decision, and stepped up to 6 rounders earlier this year. He's now leaping up to a 10 rounder in what is very, very clearly a step up in class. Song on the other hand is a 21 year old and has been a fighting in 4 rounders. This isn't an easy one to call, but is an interesting one on paper, and a somewhat compelling match up, given that the promoter is trusting the two men to headline the card.
In a second bout on this card Shichao Gao (5-1-1, 2) will take on JiZhong He (2-1, 1) over 8 rounds. We have been impressed by Gao in the past, and he seemed to be on the fast track to the top when he beat Koji Igarashi and Anurak Thisa last year, but a loss in June has slowed his rise. As for He it's hard to say anything at all about him given the very low level of competition he has faced so far, and this is a very, very big step up in class for him.
This coming Friday is a relatively quiet day in the world of Asian boxing, with the most notable Asian fighters being unbeaten Central Asian fighters fighting in the US, and the only noteworthy Asian card appears to be a low profile one in China.
Manual Artime Community Center Theater, Miami, Florida, USA
One of the US cards of note is set to be held in Miami where two Central Asian fighters are in action.
One of the prospects on this show is diminutive Cruiserweight puncher Serik Musadilov (7-0, 7), who looks to secure his 8th stoppage. The "Panda", as Musadilov is known, will be up against 29 year old Mexican Daniel Najera (9-5-1, 4). On paper this doesn't look great, but sadly it gets worth when you consider that Najera has been stopped in 4 of his 5 losses including a blow out loss last time out, almost a year ago, to Amron Sands. It's hard to see anything but a quick win here for Musadilov.
Also on this card is US based Tajik Mekhrubon Sanginov (7-0-1, 5), who is set for a big step up in class as he takes on Cleotis Pendarvis (21-6-2, 9). The unbeaten Sanginov was held to a draw last time out, and although he's unbeaten this is a big step up in class for him. Although no world beater Pendarvis has a clear edge in experience and should be regarded as a clear favourite, despite back to back losses coming in to this. Sadly for Sanginov this is a big step up in class, and we dare say too much too soon for him.
Ding An, China
As well as the show in Florida there is also a show in China. Sadly many of the bouts on this card look like they are set to be all-novice bouts, but there is one bout of some note on the card.
That one bout will see Jian Wang (8-2-1, 2) take on Hongpeng Zhang (5-7-1, 2). Although no world beater Wang isn't a bad fighter, and he is 6-1-1 in his last 8 including a brilliant 10 round draw against Seong Yeong Yang last year. Zhang on the other hand is a 33 year old who has failed to win any of his last 3 bouts. Hard to see anything other than a Wang here if we're being honest.
Coliseo Sugar Baby Rojas, Barranquilla, Colombia
There isn't much Asian action this coming Thursdays, but that's not to say there's none at all. In fact there's an Asian in action in Colombia of all places, with Barranquilla hosing an American based Azeri prospect looking for his next win.
The prospect in question here is 28 year old Elvin Gambarov (7-0, 6), who was born in Azerbaijan but has fought his entire career, so far, in the US. Here he's set to make his international debut as he takes on limited Venezuelan Wilman Contreras (9-17-4-1, 6). The talented Gambarov is in need of a step up, and on paper this isn't really it. However Contreras has been in with some decent competition, and has proven to be a banana skin in the past, suggesting he could actually be a test here
Clean Hit Boxing Gym, Songtan, South Korea
For a second day running we get title action from South Korea. Sadly however we only get a single title fight here, despite previous plans for the show to be a title double header.
Originally we had expected a KBM Light Welterweight title fight between Da Won Gang (4-0, 2) and Hyun Jin Moon (4-0-1, 4), in what looked like a mouth watering match up. Sadly however this bout was cancelled in October when Moon was forced to pull out of the bout around 3 weeks before it was set to take place.
Sadly with the Light Welterweight title bout being cancelled we only have one title bout on the show. That is a Bantamweight title bout, which will see Jae Hyun Jo (4-1-3, 1) take on In Soo Jang (5-2-1) for the vacant title. The 21 year old Jo comes in to this unbeaten in his last 6, and has won his last 4, turning around a very weird 0-1-3 start to his professional career. Jang on the other hand has struggled in recent bouts, losing last time out and going 4-2 in his last 6, however at just 20 years old he's very much a developing youngster.
As well as the title bout between Jo and Jang the card will also feature a number of novice bouts, all scheduled for 4 rounds.
Zhenhaibao Theatre, Yinchuan, China
As well as the action in Korea we're also set to get a title doubler header in China.
The main event here will be a WBA Asia Bantamweight title bout pitting champion Jun Zhao (13-2-1, 10) against under-rated Filipino Rolly Sumalpong (11-3-2, 4). Coming in to this the local will be the favourite, after all he's on a roll with 8 straight wins, has home advantage and will be seeking to extend his reign with the title. However Sumalpong shouldn't be written off and he is a handful, having given Kenshiro Teraji a good test in 2015 and being unlucky in a number of other bouts. This could end up being a bit of a hidden gem of a fight.
Also on this card is a WBO China National Flyweight title bout, pitting the unbeaten Longyi Hu (5-0, 2) against Sheng Peng (6-6-1, 2). It's hard to go against the unbeaten 21 year old here, he's younger, fresher and his unbeaten record will fill him with confidence, but Peng has the experience to be a thorn in his side and this could be a very good test for Hu.
For the first Saturday in quite a while we have no action involving Japanese fighters however we do still have action in Asia with a title double header in South Korea.
One of those title bouts will see the KBM Heavyweight champion Sung Min Lee (7-1, 2) defending his title against Hyun Tae Bae (6-1-1, 4), in what looks like a really decent and well matched bout. Lee has had a frustrating year. He was originally expected to fight in Japan earlier in the year, before his plans were changed and now he'll be making his first defense of the Korean title here. As for Bae he won the KBM Cruiserweight title and is moving up in weight for the bout.
The other title bout here will be for the KBM Lightweight title and will see Moo Hyun Kim (5-1, 1) take on Dong Hyun Won (3-3) for the vacant title. Coming in to this one the 27 year old Kim will be the big favourite, though he was beaten just a few fights ago by Gyu Beom Jeon. At 36 years old Won can't afford a loss here if he's ever going to win a title., but sadly has lost his last 2 and will be entering the bout as a very clear under-dog.
Restaurant Lyubimyi, Krasnodar, Russia
Our focus is also on Russia where a number of Central Asian fighters are in action in some rather low level fights.
One of the bouts on this show is set to see 22 year old Mirzamukhammad Khikmatullaev (5-3, 3) take on Egor Popov (0-1) in a 6 rounder. Coming in to this Khikmatullaev is looking for a third straight win following an upset loss to the then debuting Pavel Vasiutovic in July. Russian fighter Popov was blasted out in just over 2 minutes in his debut this past July and we suspect he'll struggle to survive to do much better than that here.
Arguably the most interesting hopeful on this show is 19 year old Ulugbek Qayumboev (2-0, 2), who is looking to score his 3rd win in just 5 months. The youngster has been can crushing so far but was a decent amateur on the Uzbek scene and we suspect he'll be moved up in the next year or two. Here we will see him against the more experienced but limited Murodzhon Toshev (1-8, 1), from Tajikistan, Toshev has been stopped in all 8 losses and we are expecting another early defeat for him here.
Another young Uzbek on this card is Russian based Middleweight Eldor Abdukodirov (2-1, 1) who looks to bounce back from a loss last time out as he takes on the win-less novice Mobin Goodarzi (0-1), from Iran. We suspect Abdukodirov will pick up his third win here, though we do wonder if a loss in December 2019 may affect how he fights here, and he was very fortunate in his debut, in April 2019.
This coming Friday is a really disappointing day in many ways as it's the first time this year, and the first time in a very long time, where we've been able to say there's a PPV in Japan. Thankfully however we suspect the promoter knows there won't be much demand for and that the numbers will be embarrassing. With that in mind lets look at the action.
Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
So the PPV comes from Korakuen Hall where Kawasaki Nitta put on a show featuring 5 bouts, headlined by a Japanese female title fight, with one of the other bouts of note being the debut of a promising former amateur.
The main event of this card will see Kimika Miyoshi (15-12-1, 6) battle against Yoshie Wakasa (6-2, 2), with Miyoshi looking to defend the JBC female Featherweight title for the second time. The 36 year old veteran has been a servant of Japanese female boxing and it's nice to see her having a run at the top of the domestic scene, but with the rise of global female boxing it's hard to see her getting another world title fight, win or lose here. As for Wakasa she began her career 6-0 and has struggled when she's fought at title level. This will be the challenger's third title fight, and we suspect it will also be her third loss at title level. Regardless we do expect this to be a pretty fun bout for those in the venue. Our in depth preview of this fight is available here Japanese champion Miyoshi clashes with Wakasa
In a supporting bout we'll see Mao Kawanishi (6-4, 2) clash with Katsunori Imai (6-12-3, 1) in an 8 rounder. Coming in to this Kawanishi will be the favourite, though he is 3-3 in his last 6 and has struggled for form in recent years. As for Imai he is 1-7-2 in his last 10 and it's hard to imagine him picking up a victory here. Despite that he is better than his record suggests and we do expect him to at least give Kawanishi something to think about.
Arguably the most interesting bout on this show will be the debut of Junki Shirasaki (0-0), who kicks his career off with a 6 rounder against Yuma Omine (0-2). As an amateur Shirasaki went 33-25 (3) and came 5th in a national Athletic meet, suggesting there is talent there, but probably not enough to make a mark above domestic level. Interestingly Omine was a pretty decent amateur domestically himself, going 32-16, and may well see this as his chance to pick up his first victory. One of those rare cases of paying much attention to the records, and just enjoying what should a very solid and competitive bout.
BT Sport Studio, Stratford, London, United Kingdom
Over in the UK British based Afghan born fighter Quaise Khademi (8-0, 2) will be looking to extend his perfect record as he takes on Ijaz Ahmed (7-2). The unbeaten Khademi will not just be looking to keep his perfect start going but will also be hoping to record his first defense of the WBO European Super Flyweight title and claim an IBF European title. Despite being unbeaten he is somewhat untested and, on paper, this looks like one of his toughest bouts to date. Ahmed on the other hand is a former British Midlands champion who gave the touted Harvey Horn all he could handle last year. This could end up being a genuine banana skin for Khademi if he's not careful.
Production Park Studios, South Kirkby, Yorkshire, United Kingdom
This coming Wednesday attention turns to the UK, where we have a talented Kazakh fighter in action as he looks to move his career forward.
The most notable of the Kazakh's in action is the incredibly talented Tursynbay Kulakhmet (1-0), who we see fighting for the second time as a professional. The Kazakh was very impressive on his debut, back in August when he beat Sagadat Rakhmankul, and will be looking to replicate that type of a performance here. In the opposite corner to Kulakhmet will be unbeaten British fighter Macaulay McGowan (14-0-1, 3), in what looks like a very stiff step up in class. On paper this a big ask for a man in his second bout, but McGowan really hasn't got too much substance behind the numbers on his record, and we dare say a win for him would be the best of his career so far. Interestingly the WBC International Light Middleweight title will be on the line here, and the winner will be taking strides towards a WBC world rankings, meaning there is plenty on the line for this bout.
We had also expected to see a second Kazakh on this show, with unbeaten Sultan Zaurbek (9-0, 7) being scheduled to take on Jeff Ofori (10-3-1-3). Sadly however this bout now appears to have been cancelled.
Blue Arena, Samut Prakan, Thailand
The main action this coming Sunday comes from Thailand where Tantelecom are putting in a very, very interesting card, and as with two shows on Saturday this will be free to view online, via the promoters website.
The main event will see the very promising Nattapong Jankaew (6-0, 3) take on former Naoya Inoue opponent Petchbarngborn Kokietgym (44-9, 20). We've been really impressed by Nattapong and see him as being among the best of the rising Thai prospects. Unlike most Thai's he's very much a boxer first and it's clear he has some solid amateur pedigree and very good boxing foundations. Petchbarngborn is a 35 year old who has been been a pro since 2009 and has faced a relative who's who, including Inoue, Kohei Kono, Sho Ishida and Amnat Ruenroeng. Sadly though he is well past his prime and we see him really struggling here with the very skilled Nattapong.
In a supporting bout we'll see the debuting Thitisak Hoitong (0-0) take on former world title challenger Samartlek Kokietgym (34-14-1, 12), who was last seen losing a decision to Nattapong. Sadly we don't know much about Thitisak, though it is known he fought as an amateur and is only 24 years old, but we do love the fact he's taking a test like Samartlek on his professional debut. Samartlek is past his best, but has proven to be a tough guy, who comes to fight ask questions of prospects and is a baptism of fire for someone making their debut. A very interesting fight, and a really tough debut for Thitisak.
Over in Japan we get the set of bouts from the Western Japan Rookie of the Year in Saga. Originally this show was supposed to have 10 bouts, but 3 of those bouts have been cancelled, including a Middleweight bout. Despite several bouts being cancelled there are still several worth talking about.
One of the more interesting bouts on this show is at Bantamweight, where Hiroki Kinjo (5-0, 4) takes on Fuya Tomita (3-2, 2), in a battle of 21 year olds. The unbeaten Kinjo made his debut in 2018 and has looked good so far, but has only faced absolute novices and his record lacks any sort of substance. In fact his 5 wins have come against opponents with a combined 1-3 record. Tomita's record is less impressive than that of Kinjo, but he has, on paper, faced better competition and was unfortunate in one of his losses. This might look like a mismatch but should be more competitive than it looks.
Another bout worthy of some attention is at Featherweight, where the 21 year old Hikaru Fukunaga (6-1, 4) takes on unbeaten 25 year old Masashi Tokihiro (1-0-1, 1). The talented Fukunaga lost around a year ago to the brilliant Jinki Maeda and since then has bounced back with two straight decision wins, though was run very close last time out out. Tokihiro made his debut in September 2019 with a win, but was held to a draw last time out. We expect this one to be explosive, and competitive.
This coming Saturday is set to be a great day for Asian boxing, with notable action in Thailand, Japan, Russia and the US.
Workpoint Studio, Bang Phun, Thailand
For once we'll start in Thailand as WP Boxing give us one of their most interesting shows of 2020, and do so free on their YouTube and Facebook pages. The card isn't a monster card, but it does have two very interesting main bouts on it.
The highest profile bout on the card will see former world champions colliding for a regional title. In one corner will be former WBO Bantamweight champion Pungluang Sor Singyu (54-8, 36), who showed there was still something left in the tank with a recent upset win over Campee Phayom, whilst the other corner will host Amnat Ruenroeng (20-4, 6), himself a former IBF Flyweight champion. On paper it seems easy to favour the hard hitting, and naturally bigger, Pungluang, however Amnat showed he still have plenty to offer when he ran Srisaket Sor Rungvisai close a few months ago. This is a really intriguing match up and will be for the WBC Asian Boxing Council Featherweight title.
A second WBC Asian Boxing Council title fight on this card will be at Flyweight, with rising youngster Thananchai Charunphak (10-1, 8) defending his title over battle worn veteran Pigmy Kokietgym (61-13-2, 25). We are huge fans of the 20 year old Thananchai, who has been very impressive in recent bouts and will be looking to secure a third notable win here. Sadly Pigmy Kokietgym is about 10 years beyond his prime, and about 7lbs north of his best weight. We suspect Pigmy will give it a go early on, before being broken down and stopped by Thananchai. Although a mismatch we can't recommend fans following Thananchai enough, this youngster is one of the best prospects in Thailand.
Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
As well as as the action in Thailand we also get a pretty notable show at Korakuen Hall, sadly however this show won't be getting live TV coverage and instead will be televised a few days after the event takes place.
Originally the main event here was supposed to see Japanese Middleweight champion Kazuto Takesako (12-0-1, 11) make a mandatory defense of his title as he takes on unbeaten youngster Riku Kunimoto (4-0, 2), as part of the Champion Carnival. Sadly the bout was cancelled just over a week before the show due to Takesako suffering a training injury.
Due to the main event bout being cancelled the headline bout here will see former world title challenger Takeshi Inoue (16-1-1, 10) fight in what is supposed to be a tune up contest against the unbeaten Nath Nwachukwu (6-0-2, 3), who will likely see himself as a live under-dog. Inoue, best known for his 2019 bout with Jaime Munguia, will be seeking a 4th straight win and will be hoping to move into a second world level bout next year. Notably he won't be defending his WBO Asia Pacific title here, which he did defend back in January. The 23 year old Nwachukwu won the All Japan Rookie of the Year at Middleweight in 2018 and has picked up 3 wins since then. Although he's the under-dog Nwachukwu will know a win here would genuinely change his career.
Another bout of note on this card will see flawed puncher Takuma Takahashi (5-0, 5) take on Kodai Kiyota (9-6-2, 9), in what could be a very explosive contest. Takahashi has looked very, very heavy handed, but he also showed some real vulnerability last time out, getting dropped and cut against Leonardo Doronio, and there are worries about his punch resistance. Kiyota is no world beater, and hasn't fought in over a decade, but he is heavy handed and could well have the power needed to take out Takahashi, if he lands clean.
Also on this card will be recent Japanese title challenger Koki Koshikawa (9-2, 6), who takes on Yuichi Ideta (13-15-1, 7), with Koshikawa looking to bounce back from a loss to Hironobu Matsunaga.
RCC Boxing Academy, Ekaterinburg, Russia
The WP Boxing event isn't the only one we'll be getting for free on YouTube as RCC will also be giving us a show, this time from Russia, with several Central Asian fighters on it.
One of the bouts on this show will see once beaten Uzbek hopeful Ravshanbek Umurzakov (10-1, 7) take on really talented Ukrainian Zoravor Petrosian (9-0, 4), in a bout that was originally for September. Umurzakov was upset back in January by Esneiker Correa, in a genuine surprise, and has been out of the ring since then. Petrosian on the other hand is a 22 year old who turned professional in 2018 and has scored 3 wins this year, whilst looking very highly skilled. This should be a very, very interesting match up.
In a supporting bout baby faced Kazakh fighter Yerzhan Zalilov (11-2-1, 5) take on Russian fighter Evgenii Liashkov (6-1, 1). At one point Zalilov looks like a fighter with the potential to go places, but sadly 2 losses in is last 3 bouts have pretty much ended his hopes of reaching the top of the mountain. Liashkov is a light puncher who lost on but has reeled off 6 wins and comes into this with real momentum.
One more bout on this show will see Uzbek born Russian Dmitry Yun (4-0, 1) taking on Sherzodjon Abdurazzokov (1-0). Yun is a really skilled boxer-mover, who looks like a brilliant talented, with lovely speed, movement and accuracy. Sadly however his lack of power, and questionable durability, seem likely to hold him back, despite how fantastic he is to see in full flow. Aged 20 Abdurazzokov is an Uzbek youngster who made his debut in 2019, and will go into this as the under-dog.
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Hollywood, Florida, USA
We will also Chinese Heavyweight hopeful Zhilei Zhang (21-0, 16) in action, as he begins his relationship with Matchroom Sports. The 37 year Chinese fighter, who has been spoken about as a future opponent for Anthony Joshua, will be up against 38 year old American Devin Vargas (22-6, 9). Sadly for a man that Eddie Hearn wants to talk about big fights for, time is rapidly running out for Zhang, and it seems highly unlikely that he will ever manage to reach the heights some expected of him.