Israil Madrimov versus Michel Soro announced for December 17th in Uzbekistan

This fight has been talked about for a while and it finally has a set date and location. The winner will be the mandatory challenger to the WBA super welterweight world title which means they’d get a title shot versus the winner of Jermell Charlo versus Brian Castano 2. I like this fight a lot though would have liked to have seen Soro get a tune up fight in first as he hasn’t fought since 2019 and is likely to be rusty. Madrimov is only 7-0 but has the aim of becoming a world champion in under ten fights.

My early thoughts are that Soro’s experience and power will be too much for Madrimov and I’d be confident of him winning if he wasn’t so inactive and the fight wasn’t in Madrimov’s home country of Uzbekistan.

The under card features a host of talented Uzbek’s including Bektemir Melikuziev and Shakhram Giyasov. I think Giyasov has a lot of potential but has flown under the radar compared to other prospects from Uzbekistan. Hasanboy Dusmatov who will be campaigning at light flyweight could be a fighter to watch out for as long as he hasn’t left his prime in the amateurs. Dilshodbek Ruzmetov will make his pro debut after a successful amateur career which saw him compete in the 2020 Olympics. I was impressed with him in the amateurs and think he’ll have a good pro career.


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