Shohjahon Ergashev Returns This Saturday
Fearsome super lightweight crusher Shohjahon “Descendant of Tamerlane” Ergashev will return to action this Saturday, November 10, at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago against Springfield, Massachusetts, veteran Zack “AK47” Ramsey.
Ergashev (13-0, 12 KOs) of Detroit via Uzbekistan and Ramsey (8-4, 4 KOs) will meet in a six-round battle on the undercard of the World Boxing Super Series Cruiserweight Tournament doubleheader featuring former WBO Cruiserweight World Champion Krzysztof Glowacki (30-1, 19 KO), from Walcz, Poland, will face Maksim Vlasov (42-2, 25 KO) of Samara, Russia, in a 12-round battle for the Interim WBO World Championship and former WBC World Cruiserweight Champion Mairis Briedis (24-1, 18 KO) from Riga, Latvia, will take on Hamburg, Germany’s Noel Mikaelian (23-1, 10 KO) for the WBC World Diamond Belt Championship.
Ergashev is off to a roaring start as a professional, going the distance only once, thus far. He is the current World Boxing Association International Super Lightweight Champion. The 26-year-old moved from is native Uzbekistan to train at Detroit’s Kronk Gym last year and his thudding power has only improved.
“I have been training in Detroit for seven weeks and I feel that I am getting better and better with each camp,” said Ergashev. “I look forward to putting my skills on display November 10 in Chicago.”
Dmitrriy Salita, the promoter mining Russia and Central Asia for super prospects like Ergashev, says the powerful southpaw is headed for greatness.
“Shohjahon Ergashev is the best super lightweight in the world and, pound-for-pound, one of the hardest punchers in boxing,” said Salita. “I look forward to another impressive showing from him on a big championship night of boxing in Chicago.”
Meza, Brito & Ramirez Capture WBF Titles In Tijuana
The Big Punch Arena in Tijuana, Mexico hosted a massive World Boxing Federation (WBF) Championship triple-header on Friday night, November 9, promoted by Borizteca Boxing Promotions and streamed live world-wide by Fight Hup TV & bestinboxing.com.
In the main event,Temecula, USA-based Roberto “The Ram” Meza won the vacant WBF International Super Featherweight title when he scored a hard-fought unanimous decision over tough and game veteran Saul “Temible” Banos.
With slightly misleading scores of 100-90, 98-92 and 98-92 from judges Daniel Lopez Rivera, Antonio Villegas and Roman Cruz Olais, 22-year-old Meza improved his professional record to 12-1 (6), while Banos (26) drops to 14-11-2 (7).
In a battle of young and hungry prospects, local fan-favourite Jorge Alberto Brito (23) emerged victorious by unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Kevin “Diamond Boy” Torres (21) to lift the vacant WBF North America Welterweight title in a minor upset.
A rangy and slick southpaw, “El Chihuas” Brito knocked Torres down in the very first round with a straight left hand, but was incorrectly credited with another knock-down in round four when Torres clearly slipped. So it was an uphill battle for Torres from early on.
But Brito, now 11-1 (7), was undoubtedly the better man on the night, and his victory was clear as judges, Antonio Villegas, Roman Cruz Olais and Daniel Lopez Rivera all scored the fight in his favour by 97-91, 97-91 and 95-93 respectively. Torres travels back to his home town Washington, USA at 10-1-1 (9).
In the third title fight of the evening, Rafael Ramon Ramirez got a second chance to win the WBF Mexico Super Welterweight title, after his first challenge against Ramon Barajas last June ended in a fourth round No-Contest due to an injury following an accidental headbutt.
Ramirez (38) unanimously decisioned seasoned trial-horse Alejandro Valladares, with scores of 98-91 (Daniel Lopez Rivera), 99- 90 (Antonio Villegas) and 99-90 (Roman Cruz Olais), after scoring a knock-down in round eight.
Fighting out of San Diego in the USA, and a former sparring-partner of living legends Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Shane Mosley, the record of Rafael Ramon Ramirez now stands at 21-4-2 (4). Alejandro Valladares (34) drops to 9-25-1 (5).