The destructive Bakhodir Jalolov is “100% the hardest puncher” a seasoned heavyweight has ever faced.
Olympic champion Jalolov has KO’d every one of his 11 professional opponents to date and a man he stopped inside five rounds recently, says his power is unparalleled.
The 28-year-old dropped Polish fighter Kamil Sokolowski three times in Dubai at Probellum Evolution, before the referee stepped in to wave the contest off and the 39-fight veteran was thankful to the official for “saving his health”.
Jalolov extended his frightening 100% KO record last week, when sending Jack Mulowayi flat on his back with a thumping left hook, and Sokolowski says it’s time the ‘Big Uzbek’ tested his explosive punching on fighters who are high up in the heavyweight rankings.
“It was the hardest fight of my career,” Sokolowski said.
“Jalolov is as strong as my old opponent Martin Bakole, if not stronger, and he is a very big puncher.
“When I first saw Jalolov, I thought he looked slim, but he can punch really, really, hard and so this was a big surprise to me.
“He is also a good boxer and in one or two years, the world will know about Jalolov.
“But he needs to be in good fights with opponents who are highly ranked, like Otto Wallin, although I don’t think Wallin would take that fight.
“He could also fight Bakole or Yoka. He can become world champion, but he needs more experience and needs fights with guys who are higher in the rankings. I have big respect for Jalolov.”
Sokolowski, who admits he was dropped by a body shot that the referee failed to spot in round two, wants Jalolov to start shouting about his potential as a world heavyweight champion.
“Jalolov needs to make more noise and talk more. If you talk more, then you can get important fights,” he said.
“Every punch in the heavyweight division is hard but he is, 100%, the hardest puncher I have faced.
“You could also tell that he was very well prepared for our fight and his trainer has done a good job.
“It was good that the ref stopped the fight after the second knockdown because he saved my health and after a little bit of rest, I will box again in September.”
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