Little is understood about Russian heavyweight Arslanbek Makhmudov, however in keeping with his promoter, he’s coming for Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury’s heavyweight titles
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Heavyweight champions Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury have been issued a fierce warning about the heavy-hitting Russian Arslanbek Makhmudov.
Makhmudov is 12-0 as an expert with all of his wins coming by knockout. Little is understood about the man nicknamed ‘The Lion’, however final week he knocked out Czech heavyweight Pavel Sour in simply 37-seconds to defend his WBC-NABF heavyweight title for the third time.
Boxing promoter Camille Estephan, who owns Eye of the Tiger Management, believes his fighter is prepared for the large stage and will purposely averted by fighters like Joshua and Fury.
“I believe Arslanbek has the type of punch that is not just heavy but quite explosive. Truly the kind of punch that could put anyone to sleep,” Estephan informed Sky Sports.
“We’re looking for the titles and all the roads that lead to the world titles, which is our ultimate goal. [There is] so much action in the UK at heavyweight that we are certainly open to fight there. We think he’s ready. It’s a matter of making it through the ranks.
“Arslanbek will not be the kind of fighter who’s prone to be invited by certainly one of the champions. Currently we are saying he is the most feared heavyweight in the world.
“We believe Arslanbek has a punch that could make Wembley Stadium tremble so we are more than sure most heavyweights already fear him.”
Only certainly one of Makhmudov’s opponents has made it previous three rounds with him. His 37-second win over Sour was not even the quickest of his career, as Makhmudov dispatched Jaime Barajas in simply 24-seconds in his skilled debut again in 2017.
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The Russian, who fought 5 occasions in 2019, has been inactive of late as a consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic and the lack of contenders keen to combat him. Makhmudov mentioned his final aim is to combat dethrone champions like Fury and Joshua of their titles.
“It’s been 10 months since I got in the ring because there aren’t a lot of boxers who want to face me,” mentioned Makhmudov.
“I am ready to face anyone. My goal is to become heavyweight champion of the world and I want to face the best in my division.”
Fury is about to combat Deontay Wilder for the third time on October 9. The two first fought to a controversial break up draw in 2018, with Fury occurring to grab Wilder’s WBC heavyweight title in their rematch by the use of a seventh spherical stoppage.
The WBO, WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight champion Joshua will combat former undisputed cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk on September 25 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. It might be Usyk’s third combat in the heavyweight division.