“Annoyed Me” - Bakhodir Jalolov
On Latest KO Win and Top 10 Claims!
(December 1st) Bakhodir Jalolov believes he is already among the top 10 best heavyweights in the world - as he warned his rivals not to make him angry.
The giant Jalolov extended his frightening professional record to 12-0 (12 KOs) last weekend when he stopped the helpless Curtis Harper in the fourth round.
Jalolov has revealed the plan was to get at least six rounds under his belt in California but deliberate headbutts by Harper annoyed the ‘Big Uzbek’ who decided enough was enough.
After flooring Harper in the third, 6’7” Jalolov bludgeoned his American rival in the fourth and forced the referee to step in after 1:53 of the round.
The 2020 Olympic champion insists he should now be considered among the best 10 heavyweights in the world but will use 2023 to make that official.
“If I had followed my game plan a little bit better against Harper, it would have gone more than four rounds because the plan was to go six rounds with this guy, minimum, to get some experience,” Jalolov told Probellum.com.
“But it just so happened that he annoyed me a little bit with headbutts. I never try to go and hurt people, I try to go and do my best, land my punches, and not get hit.
“I would rate my performance as six out of 10, just because I didn't really have a training camp for this fight. I was in Uzbekistan with the amateur team. My coach was with Bivol at this time in Dubai, so we only had a little bit of conditioning, a few sparring sessions and that's why I needed two rounds to catch the rhythm and then get my timing.”
Jalolov was left only satisfied with his latest shuddering KO win and, ominously for the rest of the division, says he cannot see the ceiling on his potential.
“I believe that I can be in the top 10 right now and fight anyone in the top 10,” Jalolov stated.
“It's just that every everyone has their own time, and my time is just not there yet. And we're not in a rush. I'm following the plan of my team and when the time comes, I'll be ready. I'm 28 years old. I'm not even in my prime yet, and when I get there, I will make everything the way it should be.
“Honestly, at this point, I just don't see the limit to my potential. I'm just starting. I'm just barely getting into the pro game and I'm working with my coaches, I'm learning so much new stuff. We are just starting to build a tank for 12 round fights. So honestly, I just don't know where the limit is, but I know that I'm going to improve and get much, much better.”
The Uzbek hero now has the heavyweight contenders in his sights but, confident against anyone in the world, Jalolov says he will let the ratings dictate whom he faces.
But finding sparring partners is more problematic with some fighters said to be demanding a small fortune to help Jalolov prepare.
“I'm not going to call out anyone,” he added.
“That's not how we're raised, and our parents don't teach us that way. It is why there are rankings in boxing and if someone wants to fight me okay, and if they don't want to fight me, okay. I'm not going to call out anyone or disrespect anyone. That's not how we are raised.
“Sometimes we have to spar two guys at the same time, maybe we get two cruiserweights at the same time. There are always some guys that that are willing to step in the ring and help me. But it's just hard to find really good quality sparring partners. And sometimes when that sparring partner is really good, that makes me go hard too and sometimes they get hurt. And I don't really want to do that, I don't want to hurt anyone in sparring, I'm just trying to get my work in.”
Manny Robles On Bachkov's Style & Roach Praise!
(November 30th) The ferocious Hovhannes Bachkov left a trail of destruction in his wake after a series of devastating sparring sessions, new coach Manny Robles has revealed.
And since the Olympic medallist has moved to California to train, word has quickly spread about the savage super lightweight, with Freddie Roach among his new army of fans.
Backhov, 29, returns to the ring on Friday night, in Tashkent, Uzbekistan in a 10 round contest against Mexico’s Marcos Gonzalez Barraza.
The double-European Amateur Championships gold medallist will go 4-0 with a win and plans to use 2023 to move into world title contention at 140lbs.
Robles, one of the world’s leading trainers, insists there is plenty for Bachkov to work on but can’t hide his excitement about a fighter who, he says, has a style reminiscent of the great Roberto Duran.
"We’ve done a lot of sparring back in Los Angeles, he must have sparred 10 different guys and he would take them out one at a time!” Robles told Probellum.com.
“I was like: 'Man, I’ve got to step it up and try to find you tougher sparring', because the guys that I was putting him up against were not lasting, he was knocking them out.
“There came a point where I had to put him in with 147lbs and 154lbs boxers. He was like: 'Why are you doing this to me?!' I said: ‘Because everybody in your weight, you're knocking them out!’. He pretty much ran through everybody.
“So, I would have to start visiting different gyms in Southern California. For one, Freddie Roach at the Wild Card, got a chance to see Bachkov. I have a great relationship with Freddie, and he said to me: "Where did you find this guy? This guy's good!"
Robles is trying to improve Bachkov’s ability to cut off the ring, his lateral movement and counterpunching – “I want to see how he listens to me on Friday night” - but says there is a reason why the Armenian has already achieved so much.
“He's a very physical fighter, who doesn't take a step back,” he said.
“If I had to compare him to someone, stylistically - and I know this is big - but I would say, Roberto Duran.
“Obviously, that's a lot to say, especially when we speak of someone like Roberto Duran, who accomplished so much in boxing, but as far as styles go, he's right there.
“He's just aggressive, strong and very physical and then he'll hunt you down. And he'll systematically break you down until you can no longer continue.
“He's definitely the type of fighter that you're not going to get off your back that easy. He's going to be on you. He does a great job going to the body. He's very meticulous and he doesn't waste a lot of punches.”
Bachkov (3-0), who dipped back into the amateurs during the summer, to win gold at the European Amateur Championships, has previously been ranked inside the WBA’s top 15.
Robles is excited about the big fights that lay ahead in the super lightweight division but has urged a degree of caution about moving Bachkov too quickly towards world title fights.
“The division is stacked with talent and there are a lot of great fighters in the weight class,” Robles added.
“Regis Prograis just beat Jose Zepeda, in a great fight, a great fight for the fans, for boxing, for the sport.
“You've got Teofimo Lopez at 140 as well, and that would be a great fight.
“Styles make fights, so with Regis, it would be an incredible fight. And with Teofimo Lopez, I believe, it would be an incredible fight as well, given the opportunity. But we're a few fights away from that.
“He only has three professional fights, but he has had a great amateur career and that's why he's fighting 10 rounds, but we just have to be careful with the way we match him up and who we fight him against. Styles make fights. And then when I feel that he's ready to fight the best fighters out there, then we'll go ahead and make a move.”
Launched in September 2021, Probellum is a global boxing promotion and media company, and the fastest-growing brand in the sport.
Following the success of the opening two shows in December 2021, Probellum have already announced big fight nights for Dubai, Newcastle and Liverpool with more events to be confirmed in due course.
Probellum’s elite stable of fighters includes Nonito Donaire, Regis Prograis, Estelle Mossely, Lee McGregor, Donnie Nietes, Dina Thorslund and Muhammad Waseem.
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Bad News: Charles Conwell
On WBC Title and Danny Garcia!
(November 25th) Charles Conwell would jump at the chance to take the scalp of Danny Garcia if it opened the door for a world title shot in 2023.
‘Bad News’ faces the experienced Juan Carlos Abreu in California on Saturday night, in a semi-final eliminator for the WBC world super welterweight title.
The unbeaten Conwell, who is ranked No5 by the sanctioning body, knows he could be just two wins away from landing a shot at the belt, which is currently held by Jermell Charlo.
Sitting above the American in the ratings are fighters including Sebastien Fundora, Liam Smith and former two-weight world champion Garcia.
And 2016 Olympian Conwell says he would be happy to face any of those names in a final eliminator – especially Garcia – to keep him on track for ‘superstardom’.
“Those are the types of fights I want,” Conwell told Probellum.com.
“I want those ex-world champions, people with experience who have been there before, who've done it. And I know Danny Garcia's a great champion, he's done his thing at two different weight classes, at 140 and 147 and now he's bringing his skills up to 154.
“But I feel like it's a new time and a new era. A lot of young fighters out there are starting to pop out, around my age group. It's the right time for me to be the next superstar of the super welterweight division and if Danny Garcia is the name I need on my record, then I'll go there and take that.”
But 25-year-old Conwell insists his focus is on Abreu, whom he meets at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson this weekend, on the undercard of the Jose Zepeda vs Regis Prograis world title clash.
The 17-0 stylist has been labelled boxing’s ‘best kept secret’ but Conwell is urging the sport’s ‘casual’ fans to make sure they tune-in to watch him deliver a statement victory over the world ranked Abreu.
“Saturday night, I'm going to leave the ring with a new record of 18-0 with 14 knockouts,” Conwell declared.
“Just know that I'm going to bring the action. I'm looking to finish this fight in style. No boxing, no dancing around, I'm looking to go out there and dominate every round. For however long it lasts.
“I possess the speed, the skill, the power, the slickness and everything else that I need to win and get the knockout. It's just a matter of when.
“I'm looking to put on the best performance of my career so far and really going out there and making a statement. I can't allow this to be fight close; I must dominate every round and make sure that when people talk about the super welterweight division that my name is brought up and brought up as one of the best too.”