Heavyweight Arslanbek Makhmudov will once again take the collar by playing his first professional fight in the United States in his career, on July 1 in Toledo, Ohio, against Nigerian Rafael Akpegiori.
The NABA and NABF champion in his class, protected by Eye of the Tiger Management (EOTTM), will play in the semi-finals of a gala broadcast on ESPN+ starring Jared Anderson and Zane Kosubotsky. In this 10-round duel, Makhmudov (16-0-0, 15 K.-O.) will have plenty to do against an equally undefeated opponent. However, the chance to make a good first impression in Uncle Sam’s country is great and he doesn’t want to miss it.
“Fighting for the first time in the United States, the Mecca of boxing, is a great opportunity for me, not only because it will give me the opportunity to showcase my talent on the world stage, but also because it brings me closer to my dream of becoming a world champion. I dedicated my life to boxing, worked hard and made all the sacrifices to reach This defining moment in my career. I’m ready. I’m ready to face the best, to make an unforgettable show for Hobby Boxing around the world.
For his part, at 6ft 8in and 260lbs, Akpegyori (15-0-0, 14 KOs) has nothing to envy the relatively similar physique to his opponent. Of all his opponents, four were still standing after the initial attack and only veteran Terrell Jamal Woods held the entire duel.
“I’ve prepared myself physically and mentally, and I can’t wait for the bell to ring to show the world what Rafael Akpegiuri is made of. I don’t expect this fight to be easy, but I’ve been preparing for it for a long time. I’m used to working hard. I’m used to adversity, obstacles and pain,” he said. It’s just a new chapter, and I’m more than ready. It’s a chance to represent the African continent on a global scale, and I don’t intend to disappoint.”
Makhmudov defeated Michael Wallisch in the first round in his last December tour. He is ranked fifth in the world in the WBC.
Other actors in the evening
In addition, DeAndre Ware (15-4-2, 9 KOs) will have his first fight since his defeat by Christian Mbili in the second round in September 2022.
Olympic boxer Dilante Johnson (8-0-0, 5 KOs), Dante Benjamin (6-0-0, 4 KOs), Hossam Al-Mashhadi (6-0-0, 5 KOs). -O.) as well as Jahi Tucker (10-0-0, 5 K.-O.) will also participate in the evening.
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