Asianboxing.info, which has a reputation in the world of boxing, has announced the names of the masters of leather gloves who can enter the top ten in the ranking of the strongest professional boxers in the world (pound-for-pound) in the coming years.
According to the analysis of the site's experts, Bektemir Melikuziev will be at the top of the P4P ranking by 2023. In addition to him, among the strongest are Tursynbay Kulakhmet from Kazakhstan, Kosei Tanaka from Japan, Junto Nakatani and Jesse Rodriguez from the United States.
It was not too long since Bektemir Melikuziev turned to professional boxing. Melikuziev of Fergana region had his first professional fight on June 13, 2019 against Martin Rios Fidel, knocking out his highly experienced opponent in the first round with brutal body shot.
Promoters of Bektemir, who is making all his fights in the United States, face opponents who have participated in many fights in the professional ring and are listed at the top of the rankings. As a result, Melikuziev spends less time to win the first championship belts. In particular, Melikuziev won his first trophy - the World Boxing Association Continental Americas regional belt, defeating Vaugn Alexander in points in his fourth fight in December last year.
Bektemir also won the World Boxing Organization Inter-Continental belt on October 30, knocking out Alan Kampa in the third round in his sixth fight.
Overall, this boxer has won five of his six fights by knockout and one in points, and he is rapidly rising in the rankings.
The fact that Uzbek 24-year-old athlete has achieved high results even among amateurs and gained a lot of experience is also useful in his professional career. In 2014, Bektemir became the champion of the Asian, World and Olympic Games in amateur boxing among youth. In the adult competitions, he was a two-time Asian champion, a silver and bronze medalist at the World Championships, and a runner-up at the Rio Olympics.
For Bektemir Melikuziev, the season of 2021 will be a very responsible and important period. One of his managers, Aliko Frolov, commented on the next fights.
"If everything goes as planned, we will then fight against former world champion David Lemieux, Daniel Jacobs and similar famous boxers. We were also invited to such well-known rivals as Sergey Kovalev or Sullivan Barrera. No need to ask us about it. Although Bektemir is currently fighting in the super middleweight weight class, we are ready to receive serious calls from lightweight.
In consultation with Roberto Dias, who is in charge of match making at Golden Boy promotion, we aim to have a championship fight in the WBA or WBO by the end of 2021. Of course, like everyone, we had a break this year, but Bektemir has always kept in top form and we expect great victories from him in future battles, ”said Frolov.