The Star in Dallas, Texas showcased a packed fight card last Saturday night starring the main attraction Mikey Garcia who got the unanimous nod from the judges over Jessie Vargas whilst in the nights co-main event Roman Gonzalez proved that a disastrous 2017 was just a blip on the road to winning another world title, this time over Kal Yafai, each fight garnering the public interest non more so than Julio Cesar Martinez war with the Welshman Jay Harris but whilst all this kept me jumping from my seat in regular intervals, it was another name which left me most impressed, The Uzbekistan Israil Madrimov, 25 who moved to 6-0 with the knockout of Charlie Navarro.
Being on my radar for an amateur career that consisted of over 360 bouts, winning numerous Gold / Silver medals at the Asian games as well as the best boxer in the world series of Boxing in 2017, so it no longer comes as a surprise to see him applying his trade the way he has so far in the paid ranks, but get this, I’m telling you with certainty, this is just scratching the surface of his talents which will become abundantly clear in the years to follow.
Now residing in Indio, California, the Joel Diaz trained fighter is ready to light up a number of divisions starting with 154-Pounds.
Diaz’ narrative of Madrimov is that he is the greatest all-round talent that he has ever had the privilege to work with, comparing the star as a cross breed of Gennady Golovkin and Vasiliy Lomachenko, do I really need to continue after such a statement from an esteemed trainer such as Diaz?
Last Saturday night was presumed to be his most stringent test so far, Madrimov didn’t get the memo. Charlie Navarro was coming into the bout with momentum, finding himself on a four fight winning streak, until he wasn’t.
Madrimov as witnessed in his previous five bouts to date, effortlessly moved between orthodox to southpaw always balanced before unleashing two fistic assaults with almost effortless precision, a left hand to the body bringing the look of horror to Navarro in the sixth before shockwaves was sent coursing through his body, taking a knee to regain his composure in what must have felt like an out of body experience, he rose from the canvas only to be sent back to the canvas’ confines by Madrimov before mercifully the fight was stopped.
The win manoeuvred to the number two spot in the division with the attention now falling to the dethronement of either Jeison Rosario who the WBA’s super welterweight champion or the ‘regular’ champion in Erislandy Lara, both bringing a wide grin to the Uzbekistan nicknamed ‘The Dream’
Madrimov focus is become a unified title holder in fewer fights than it took his stablemate / friend Murodjon Akhmadaliev, who dethroned Danny Roman to become the WBA and IBF titleist at 122.
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