Akhmadaliev Chasing History In Miami
Murodjon Akhmadaliev is chasing history as he prepares to
challenge WBA and IBF World Super-Bantamweight champion
Daniel Roman at the Meridian at Island Gardens in Miami on
Thursday January 30, live on DAZN in the US and on Sky
Sports in the UK.
Akhmadaliev (7-0 6 KOs) can equal Leon Spinksí record of
becoming a menís unified World champion in just his eighth
pro fight and will become the first unified ruler from
Uzbekistan with victory over Roman (27-2-1 10 KOs).
ĎMJí has blasted his way to the mandatory spot with the WBA
since turning pro in March 2018 and for the 25 year old, his
meeting with the Baby Faced Assassin represents an
opportunity to become a hero in his boxing-mad country.
ďItís history in the making,Ē said Akhmadaliev. ďTo become a
unified champion in just eight fights and the first from
Uzbekistan is really some great history for me to make, I
want to make my country proud. Boxing is the number one
sport in Uzbekistan and with Godís blessing, I think
everything will play out well.
ďItís a dream come true for me. I have been climbing this
mountain for 17 years, in the gym twice a day in that time.
Iíve broken my wrists, my fists, my nose, bloodied face, had
cuts; all that sacrifice is for fights like this. I know
people think I am inexperienced and Danny will take me out
or something like that, but trust me, I have given it my all
for 17 years and it will be no different for fight night.
ďThis is the most important fight in my career so far. Iím
fighting the unified champion, the best in the division, so
itís a big step up for me but weíre very well prepared for
this fight with my coaches Antonio and Joel Diaz.
ďIíve only had seven fights and I havenít felt challenged in
any of those fights. I am not comparing those fights to this
one as I know they are different and this is a hard fight.
All the talk about his experience that he brings to the ring
is fine but itís only when we get in the ring together that
we will see who is the best fighter, the most experienced,
who is stronger, faster, sharper and smarter. I donít like
to talk too much; I love to fight, and I canít wait to fight
Akhmadalievís clash with Roman is part of a huge night of
World championship boxing as Demetrius Andrade (28-0, 17
KOs) defends his WBO World Middleweight title against
contender Luke Keeler (17-2-1, 5 KOs) and Tevin Farmer
(30-4-1, 6 KOs) defending his IBF World Super Featherweight
title against JoJo Diaz (30-1, 15 KOs).
YouTube sensations Jake Paul and AnEsonGib make their pro
debuts against each other, Super-Middleweight contender
Anthony Sims Jr (20-0 18 KOs) fights for his first pro title
against Roamer Alexis Angulo (25-1 22 KOs) and a host of
young talents are in action in the form of Movladdin
Biyarslanov (5-0 4 KOs), Austin Williams (4-0 3 KOs), Alexis
Espino (4-0 3 KOs), Otha Jones III (4-0 1 KO) and Avril
Mathie (4-0-1 2 KOs).