Prospect of the Month: Bektemir Melikuziev

Not often does a prospect come along who has it all! Massive size and strength, one-punch power, flawless footwork to go along with a deep amateur background. Former Olympic silver medalist Bektemir “The Bully” Melikuziev of Uzbekistan posses each and every one of these things, plus he is a southpaw. He is in many ways the perfect prospect and is exactly what promoter Oscar De La Hoya needs for his stable. A fundamentally solid fighter with superstar potential that he can be put on the fast track to a world-class stage in the relatively near future. The Uzbek is already fighting 10 rounders in just his fourth professional bouts and December 13th’s masterpiece UD victory over the rugged Vaughn Alexander earned him our Prospect of the Month award and has the boxing world talking about Golden Boy’s latest hotshot prospect.

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Vaughn Alexander was coming off an upset victory of undefeated prospect Money Powell back in August. Prior to that, he dropped a competitive decision to Anthony Sims. Giving Sims all he could handle over 10 rounds. Alexander, older brother of former world champ Devon Alexander, was supposed to be a major step up and was considered a live dog to pull the upset. Given his last two performances, if he could drag Melikuziev who had never been past four rounds into the later rounds, many expected alexander to give the unbeaten prospect his first loss. However, the rugged Alexander proved to be nothing more than an opponent and was badly bullied form the opening round on. The 23-year-old fighter, from Uzbekistan, out-landed his opponent 253-34. The fight was exactly that one-sided. taking advantage of the slower and methodical Alexander, Melikuziev, scored with left hands at will to the heard and body of his overmatched opponent. The Olympic medalist dazzled the crowd with mesmerizing footwork and quick combinations on his way to a victory by scores of 100-90 on all three cards. Melikuziev is currently trained by Joel Diaz.

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Along with the likes Vergil Ortiz, Jaime Munguia, and Ryan Garcia, Bektemir Melikuziev well be expected to be one of the fighters to carry the Golden Boy Promotions torch when Canelo is no longer fighting or whenever his massive contract expires. The goal for Golden Boy is simple, make Bektemir Melikuziev a household name, that can be a part of mega fights in the crowded 168-pound division. Try and move him to the world championship level within the next year or two. The division is loaded with attractive fights that are relatively easy to be made. Fights with Martchrrom fighters Billy Joe Saunders and Callum Smith can easily be made as all parties fight on DAZN and Eddie Hearn and Oscar De La Hoya seem willing to work together. The ultimate goal, however, would be to get Meliuziev a belt and make a mega-fight with Canelo in the next 12-24 months in what would be a highly profitable in house fight for Golden Boy.

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