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Bakhodir Jalolov

WBO #15 Contender

Sariosiyo, Uzbekistan

Last Fight, Next Fight, Numbers
Last Fight
November 17, 2023
KO 1, Chris Thompson, Humo Arena, Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Next Fight
April 14, 2024
6' 7"

The heavyweight boxing scene, recently dominated by titans like Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua, is about to witness a shift towards an unknown yet astonishing talent - Bakhodir Jalolov.

Jalolov, a 29-year-old fighter hailing from Uzbekistan, has remained relatively obscure in the eyes of the boxing world. However, beneath the surface lies a formidable force in the heavyweight division. With his towering 6ft 7in frame and an unconventional southpaw stance reminiscent of Oleksandr Usyk, Jalolov possesses the power akin to Deontay Wilder.

In an unfortunate paradox, due to the complexities of boxing bureaucracy, Jalolov has the unique liberty of competing in both amateur and professional arenas simultaneously. While conquering amateur tournaments, such as the 2021 Olympics, he is gradually ascending the professional ranks.

Numerous YouTube highlights showcase his relentless dominance in amateur bouts, often brutally overwhelming his overmatched, younger adversaries. Opponents have been known to withdraw from super-heavy tournaments upon discovering that Jalolov stands as their obstacle.

The unforgettable 2019 victory over Richard Torrez Jr, now an accomplished 7-0 professional, was so overwhelming that it led the WBC sanctioning body to describe it as "brutal and criminal."

This Uzbek juggernaut has already notched up 13 professional victories, silently waiting for an opportune moment to seize the heavyweight titles.

As it stands, Oleksandr Usyk possesses the WBA, IBF, and WBO world titles, while Tyson Fury is the custodian of the WBC belt. The long-awaited undisputed showdown might finally happen, possibly as early as December 23, but this will likely cause the major titles to fragment, with several mandatory challengers like Filip Hrgovic ready to pounce.

Bakhodir Jalolov, a gifted wrestler and footballer in his childhood, has consistently outshone his amateur super-heavyweight competition. His accolades include gold medals at the 2020 Olympics, the 2023 and 2019 World Championships, and four Asian Games victories.

Interestingly, he previously bested rising professional fighters like Frazer Clarke before they turned full-time.

Joe Joyce, a Team GB member in 2016, boasts an amateur victory over the 6ft 7in southpaw. Jalolov's amateur record stands at 102-15, a figure not too far from the legendary legacies of Oleksandr Usyk and Vasiliy Lomachenko.

Last summer, the renowned promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank recognized Jalolov's potential and remarked, "Bakhodir Jalolov is one of the finest heavyweight talents in boxing today. His tremendous amateur credentials speak for themselves, and as a professional, he has proven to be equally devastating. I truly believe he will be a heavyweight champion one day."

While younger professional talents have garnered more attention, Jalolov is silently paving his way to a world title. The heavyweight division rarely sees southpaws, often associating the unorthodox stance with technical and tricky fighters. However, Jalolov seeks to redefine the role by infusing immense power into his amateur prowess.

"I'm not just a puncher," he asserted. "Of course, I can punch, and I know that I have power because every time I land, people go down. But I have much more than that. I have great footwork, a sense of distance and timing, and speed. I'll land one, but I'm not going to get hit, and that's my goal. Boxing is about 'hit and don't get hit.'"

Keep an eye out for this Uzbek sensation, as he may well be the next heavyweight champion to disrupt the status quo.