Uzbek boxer Shohjahon Ergashev (10-0-0 11KOs) Shohjahon Ergashev talked to the media in the interview he gave to Boxing Talk’s reporter G. Leon after he kept his perfect knockout record intact by stopping Marquis Hawthorne in the second round of a welterweight bout scheduled for six rounds in the first bout of the nine-fight card.
GL: Congrats on your victory. Can you give us some thoughts on your performance?
Shohjahon Ergashev: "Thank you. I had a great training camp in Detroit at Kronk boxing gym for about 6 weeks. I learned a lot, the training, sparring improved my skills which I put to use in this fight. My power and skills are going to rule the junior welterweight and welterweight divisions."
GL: How did it feel to make your American debut on such a significant card?
Shohjahon Ergashev: "My promoter Dmitriy Salita did everything he promised and more. I had a very good turn out from the Uzbekistan community in New York City and I know at my next fight will be even more people. I love fighting and training in America. I am coming for the knockout every time I come into the ring and aim to impress boxing fans with my power and exciting performances."
GL: Now that you've gotten your US debut out of the way, what are some of your immediate goals for 2018?
SE: "I believe I am going to fight January 12th on ShoBox. I am going home to rest for two weeks and then it will be back to training camp in Detroit. I can’t wait to be on TV."
GL: Is there anybody specifically that you feel would be a great fight for you to take your career to the next level?
SE: "I would like to knock out Adrien Broner beat Sergey Lipinets and the other top contenders and champions in my division. I put the division on notice it’s all a matter of time."
GL: Is there anything you'd like to say in closing?
SE: "Thank you to my promoter Salita Promotions, my trainers Sugar Hill and Rick Phillips as well as all the fans that came to show me support."