First battle within the USA for Arslanbek Makhmudov

Heavyweight Arslanbek Makhmudov will as soon as once more take the collar by enjoying his first skilled battle in the USA in his profession, on July 1 in Toledo, Ohio, in opposition to Nigerian Rafael Akpegiori.

The NABA and NABF champion in his class, protected by Eye of the Tiger Administration (EOTTM), will play within the semi-finals of a gala broadcast on ESPN+ starring Jared Anderson and Zane Kosubotsky. On this 10-round duel, Makhmudov (16-0-0, 15 Okay.-O.) could have a lot to do in opposition to an equally undefeated opponent. Nevertheless, the prospect to make an excellent first impression in Uncle Sam’s nation is nice and he doesn’t wish to miss it.

“Combating for the primary time in the USA, the Mecca of boxing, is a superb alternative for me, not solely as a result of it’ll give me the chance to show my expertise on the world stage, but additionally as a result of it brings me nearer to my dream of turning into a world champion. I devoted my life to boxing, labored onerous and made all of the sacrifices to succeed in This can be a defining second in my profession. I’m prepared. I’m able to take the very best, to make an unforgettable present for Passion Boxing all over the world.

For his half, at 6ft 8in and 260lbs, Akpegyori (15-0-0, 14 KOs) has nothing to envy the comparatively comparable physique to his opponent. Of all his opponents, 4 had been nonetheless standing after the preliminary assault and solely veteran Terrell Jamal Woods held the whole duel.

“I’ve ready myself bodily and mentally, and I can’t anticipate the bell to ring to point out the entire world what Rafael Akpegiuri is made from. I don’t count on this battle to be simple, however I’ve been making ready for it for a very long time. I’m used to working onerous. I’m used to adversity, obstacles and ache,” he stated. It’s only a new chapter, and I’m greater than prepared. It’s a possibility to characterize the African continent on a worldwide scale, and I don’t intend to disappoint.”

Makhmudov defeated Michael Wallisch within the first spherical in his final December tour. He ranks fifth within the WBC on this planet.

Different actors within the night

As well as, DeAndre Ware (15-4-2, 9 KOs) could have his first battle since his defeat by Christian Mbili within the second spherical 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.) in addition to Jahi Tucker (10-0-0, 5 Okay.-O.) may even take part within the night.