Murodjon Akhmadaliev vs. Isaac Zarate Named As Co-Main
Event On Bivol vs. Pascal Card Nov. 24
Murodjon Akhmadaliev (4-0, 3 KOs), age 24, a 2016 Olympic
bronze medalist and accomplished amateur originally from
Uzbekistan, will make his American television debut in the
co-main event of the HBO World Championship Boxing show
featuring Dmitry Bivol vs. Jean Pascal fighting for the WBA
World Light Heavyweight title at the Hard Rock Hotel &
Casino in Atlantic City on Saturday, November 24.
Akhmadaliev will face Isaac Zarate of San Pedro, California,
(16-3-3, 2 KOs) in a 10-round fight with the WBA
Intercontinental Super Bantamweight title at stake. Zarate,
age 27, is hot off his upset split decision victory over
Horatio Garcia in September.
The bout will be televised live on HBO World Championship
Boxing beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.
Akhmadaliev lives in Brooklyn, New York, and trains in
Indio, California with Joel and Antonio Diaz. "It's been my
dream to fight on HBO where Roy Jones, Manny Pacquiao, and
many other great fighters have fought. I can't believe that
I'll have this opportunity," said Akhmadaliev. "I'm grateful
to my promoter World of Boxing, to Dmitry Bivol for this
chance, and of course HBO.
"Don't miss my fight. I'll bring the New Drama Show on HBO
on November 24th," promised Akhmadaliev.
"We are very excited that Akhmadaliev will be featured with
Dmitry Bivol's HBO appearance," said Vadim Kornilov,
Akhmadaliev's manager. "This should be an exciting night of
boxing. Akhmadaliev really knows how to get the fans out of
their seats. I promise you'll be sorry if you miss this
debut on November 24th."
As an amateur, Akhmadaliev won the 2012 and 2015 World
Championship Silver Medal. In the 2015 final, he knocked
down Michael "Mick" Conlan of Ireland, but lost the gold in
a controversial decision. He won a Bronze Medal at the 2016
Rio Olympic Games, and closed his amateur career as a 2017
Asian Games Gold Medalist. His amateur record stands at 300
wins with 80 knockouts, against just 15 losses.
After turning professional in 2018 and signing with Andrey
Ryabinsky and World of Boxing, Akhmadaliev has now fought
four times, with three knockout wins and one decision. A
southpaw with power in both hands, it won't take long for
American boxing fans to discover "MJ's" fan friendly,
aggressive style, which should suit him well in the
professional ranks and quickly make him a star.
"Every time MJ steps in the ring it is a spectacular show,"
said Kornilov, who co-manages Akhmadaliev with Oleg Frolov.
"His favorite fighters are Gennady 'GGG' Golovkin and Vasyl
Lomachenko, exceptional role models. He wants to become
undisputed champion and a major star in his division in the
first three years of his career. He is one to watch."