The first card in Azerbaijan to take place in 2020 will take place on the 31st of August. Azerbaijan is a country known for producing good amateurs though they have so far had no breakout stars in the pro’s.
On this card a few notable amateurs will turn pro with most of them facing decent amateurs on their pro debut which is certainly not the norm anywhere else. The good amateurs that are turning pro are Masud Yusifzada, Sarkhan Aliyev, Ruslan Rustamov and Ramazan Abdullayev. All four have taken part in international competitions and will be bringing a lot of experience with them to the pro’s. I expect Masud Yusifzada to do well as a pro as he’s had a good amateur career and because he’s campaigning down at Super Fly he should get to a title shot quickly because there aren’t as many fighters in that division compared to say Welterweight.
A few fighters to keep an eye on are Kanan Huseyinaliyev, Rauf Aghayev and Nijat Hasanov. All 3 have already started their pro careers and in the case of Rauf Aghayev he’s coming towards the end of it. Aghayev hasn’t been fighting good competition recently and when he has it’s been against prospects where he’s been quickly stopped. He may get a few more fights as the B-side in America so he’s worth watching out for. Both Huseyinaliyev and Hasanov are still undefeated and in the early stages of their careers. Hasanov has been a lot more active and at the age of 20 probably has more upside than Huseyinaliyev who has been inactive.
I’m glad boxing is finally returning to Azerbaijan and hopefully they start putting on regular cards as professional boxing is only just taking off there.