Bakhodir Jalolov will leave the leading heavyweight contenders with nowhere to hide next year as he plots an assault on the world’s top 10.
The fearsome Jalolov looks to make it 12 KO wins from as many fights, this weekend, when he faces American Curtis Harper in California.
Many heavyweights are running scared of the 6’7” Olympic champion but Lou DiBella, who co-promotes Jalolov with Probellum, says a win over Harper on Saturday night will see the net start to close on those above the Uzbek in the rankings.
“There is not a single fighter in the heavyweight division who wouldn’t be up to his gills with Jalolov,” DiBella told Probellum.com.
“Even after only 11 fights, there is not a name in the division who would not have problems with this man. His fight on Saturday night sets up a big 12 months and I really believe that 2023 is the Year of the Big Uzbek.
“I expect that by the Fall of ’23, Bakhodir will be ranked in the top 10 of the world organisations and he will be right on the doorstep of heavyweight opportunities. We feel Bakhodir could fight 80% of the heavyweights now and we’d be comfortable with that.”
Jalolov’s growing reputation as the heir to the heavyweight throne, often precedes him and after only 11 contests, he has become highly avoided.
For some of the southpaw’s fights, as many as 30 boxers have rejected offers to face him but DiBella says by the end of next year, the leading contenders won’t have any choice but to fight him.
“I’ve been in this business for 33 years and I’ve seen a lot of things, but this guy has all the raw materials, he is one of the best heavyweight specimens I have ever worked with,” the Hall of Fame inductee said.
“And I have rarely seen a fighter of whom so many people are reticent to go near in a boxing ring. Nobody wants to get in the ring with him but here’s the problem: the rated guys are going to have to get in the ring with him eventually – and he is going to be a problem for them.”
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