Properly-respected Russian heavyweight candidate Arslanbek Makhmudov will return to the ring on July 23 in a headliner towards Pavel Bitter of the Czech Republic on the Vacation Inn resort in Cuernavaca, Mexico, Makhmudov’s co-promoter Eye of the Tiger Administration introduced on Tuesday.
Makhmudov (11-0, 11 KOs) is taken into account one of many deadliest heavyweight punches, however his profession, like many others, has slowed as a result of Covid-19 pandemic and sure promoting hurdles. This shall be his first combat since final October, when he stopped with a punch to Dillon Carman (14-6, 13 KOs) seven seconds into the primary spherical.
Makhmudov, 32, lives and trains in Montreal, the place he’s educated by native boxer Marc Ramsay, the coach of Russian WBC and IBF mild heavyweight champion Artur Beterbiev.
Though his opponent cuts a big profile with 6’5 ”, Bitter (13-4, 8 KOs) is a staunch fighter on a journeyman’s degree. Up to now he had missed out towards Hughie Fury and Nathan Gorman and misplaced each to a technical knockout.
“For us it’s important that Arslanbek bins as typically as attainable in order that we will place him for a world championship combat,” mentioned Camille Estephan, President of Eye of the Tiger. “He has every part it takes to turn out to be a heavyweight champion, and that is why he’s shunned by the highest fighters in his division.
“Bitter is a boxer who has competed towards the perfect names and who shall be an excellent benchmark for Makhmudov. This combat is vital in that regard and Arslanbek should win to ensure that him to proceed his climb up the ladder. My purpose is for him to realize expertise, whether or not he is preventing an enormous title or not. We intend to carry him to a world championship. “
Makhmudov appeared on the cusp of recent heights when he signed with promoter Golden Boy final 12 months to introduce himself to the American market. However the two sides determined to separate early this spring after Estephan, who had a longstanding relationship with the promoting group via Quebec-born David Lemieux, realized that Makhmudov was not shifting on the tempo he needed.
The undercard will present the skilled boxing debut of the Turkish kickboxer and Olympian, the 28-year-old Mehmet Naidr Unal, who can also be educated by Ramsay.
“We’ve been speaking to Mehmet Unal for a while and I’m satisfied that in the future we’ll obtain nice issues collectively,” mentioned Ramsay. “He has a mode that may delight Quebec followers for years to return.”