Leap days are a rarity they dont come around very often and equally aware are five-tool prospects like February’s Prospect of the Month Israil Madrimov of Uzbekistan. When you get such a rare talent fighting on such a rare day naturally one will expect something rare and unique and that’s exactly what we got in Frisco, Texas Saturday night. One of boxing’s brightest and most unique talents put on a mesmerizing performance in stopping rugged veteran, Charlie Navarro, in the sixth round of a WBA eliminator bout The Uzbek star has been moved along rather quickly, the first five opponents of his career have a combined record of 116-30 and in his second and third career fights he was walking through notable opponents like Frank Rojas and Norberto Gonzalez He’s been moved along quickly for good reason as he has moved himself into contender status in just 16 months of turning pro.
Madrimov stepped into the ring with high expectations and was likely the most highly touted prospect on a pretty prospect heavy card and he did not disappoint. The difference in hand speed was apparent as soon as the opening bell rang. Madrimov overwhelmed Navarro with a two-fisted power attack and avoided the gritty Navarro’s return fire with swift and elusive head movement. Marinov seamlessly switched between the southpaw and conventional stances beating his opponent down with both hands and causing him to wobble with a straight left hand in the fifth. The unbeaten prospect picked up the pace in the sixth, dropping Navarro witch a vicious body shot with just under a minute to go in the round. Navarro valiantly made it to his feet but Madrimov jumped on his wounded opponent dropping him again and forcing Referee Rafael Ramos to step in and stop the fight at 2:24 of the sixth round moving the Uzbek superstar one step closer to a world title shot and moving his record to 5-0 (5).
Prior to Saturday nights offensive masterpiece Israil Madrimov said he was ready to fight the top 154-pounders in the world, the Erislandy Lara’s, the Jermall Charlo’s and Jeison Rosairo’s of the world that may have sounded a little aggressive. However after Saturday night, in Texas, Madrimov certainly seems ready to take the step up and fight the elite Jr middleweights. Likely Eddie Hearn will want to match him up with someone just a notch below the top 154-pounders, perhaps a Sam Edgington or Anthony Fowler first and if Madrimov could take care of business there, which he will almost certainly be favored to, it would then be time to have the Uzbek phenom fight for a world title by the end of 2020.