Undefeated junior welterweight slugger Shohjahon “Shoh” Ergashev notched another dominating victory on Sunday night, in front of a packed house at the Korston Club Hotel Moscow, in Moscow, Russia, as he demolished opponent Juma Waswa in four one-sided rounds.
Fighting in the 10-round main event, Uzbekistan-born southpaw Ergashev (now 13-0, 12 KOs) was even able to drop Uganda’s Waswa for the first and second times ever, before stopping him the first time in his career.
Ergashev showed his versatility, as he dug a lot of punches to the body to lower the defense of his opponent, who was fighting out of a high-hand-raised peekaboo stance. Throughout the fight, Waswa (now 10-3-1, 4 KOs) didn’t manage to land even one clean punch.
Afterwards, the confident Ergashev called for a high-profile opponent to face him.
“I am happy I got to get in some rounds and the fight concluded as I wished with a stoppage,” said Ergashev, “but now I am ready to come back to the US and get some big names under my belt. How about Brandon Rios? I would break him in half.”
25-year-old Ergashev, a national hero in Uzbekistan, trains at the Kronk Boxing Gym in Detroit under the watchful eyes of Javan SugarHill Steward and co-trainer Rick Phillips.
“Shoh is one of the most exciting and hardest punchers in boxing,” said Ergashev’s promoter, Dmitriy Salita. “I feel very confident that he can beat all the champions in the division and he is still getting better in every fight. With his power, the sky is the limit.”
HENRY LEBRON AND LUIS MELENDEZ ADDED FOR “SABADO DE CAMPEONES EN CASINO METRO BOXING NIGHTS” ON SEPTEMBER 1 IN PUERTO RICO
With the fights of the undefeated Henry “Moncho” Lebron and Luis Melendez, as well as several amateur boxing fights, the card for “Sabado de Campeones en Casino Metro Boxing Nights Casino” on September 1, at the Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino in San Juan, is complete.
“We will have the four professional fights with Jeyvier (Cintron), Popeye (Lebron), Moncho (Lebron) and Luis (Melendez), and reaffirming our commitment to amateur boxing and the Puerto Rican Amateur Boxing Federation we will include some interesting amateur fights, as we started last year in the program we presented at Casino Metro Boxing Nights,” said promoter Ivan Rivera, president of PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP).
Moncho Lebron (5-0, 4 kos) will make his first fight in Puerto Rico since his professional debut in February 2017 when he takes on Mexican Luis Gerardo Avila (6-11-3, 4 kos) in a six rounds and 130 pounds scheduled bout.
Meanwhile, Luis Melendez (2-0, 2 kos), from Miami, Florida, will face Elliot de Jesus (1-2) in a four-round brawl at 126 pounds.
In the main event of the evening the two-time Puerto Rican Olympian Jeyvier Cintron (7-0, 4 kos) will fight against Mexican Francisco Alonso Melendez (15-2, 13 kos) for the WBO Latino title at 115 pounds and to 10 rounds, while at the same distance in the co-main fight, Popeye Lebron (12-0-1, 6 kos) will defend his WBO Latino title at 126 pounds against Chilean Robinson Laviñanza (13-4-2, 5 kos).
Habazin defends IBO World title against Ankrah at Arena Zagreb
Ivana Habazin will make the first defence of her IBO Female World Middleweight Championship against Gifty Amanua Ankrah on September 8 at the Arena Zagreb as chief support for Filip Hrgović’s WBC International title challenge.
Habazin the former IBF Welterweight World Champion, who was involved in a historic unification fight with female pound-for-pound star Cecilia Brækhus in 2014, travelled to Vienna, Austria in March to claim the IBO World Middleweight title with a fifth-round technical knockout win over Elene Sikmashvili.
“It was make or break for me,” reveals Habazin. “I decided that if I did not win that fight, I would pursue other avenues outside of boxing. This motivated me to do my best and win another World title. It meant everything to me because I put everything on the line, that victory also cemented in me the belief once more that I can be the best female boxer ever.”
Habazin now returns home for a huge fight night in the Croatian capital where she will defend her IBO World title against Ghana’s Gifty Amanua Ankrah, and the 28 year-old is promising a spectacular performance for the fans at the Arena Zagreb.
“The pressure to perform in front of my hometown supporters is very large, but I welcome any challenge,” she says. “I am using this pressure as motivation to give my fans and supporters the best fight they have ever seen from me.
“It’s a massive honoir and source of motivation to fight at home, but, when the bell rings, I am no longer in my hometown, I am in the ring and all my focus is inside the ring. My goal is to beat anyone and everyone who enters the ring with me including Cecilia Braekhus. When I get my rematch with her I will prove to everyone that I am the best female boxer.”
Habazin was originally scheduled to fight on August 26 in South Africa but an elbow injury forced her to withdraw from this contest. However the Zagreb-boxer has benefitted from a tough training camp with renowned coach James Ali Bashir.
“For this fight I’ve had my most grueling preparations yet,” she says. “Training in South Africa at Visser professional boxing training camp for 2 months at 2000 metres above sea level with my new coach James Ali Bashir.
“We worked daily and he helped me reach new heights in my boxing. His passion for the sport is infectious and every time I train with him I feel a hunger and motivation to become the best female boxer the world has ever seen. Currently, I have a small elbow injury, but it will be healed within the next days and I will be ready for this fight.”
Ivana Habazin defends IBO Female World Middleweight title against Gifty Amanua Ankrah on the undercard of Filip Hrgović’s WBC International Heavyweight Championship contest with Amir Mansour. Tickets for the Zagreb Fight Night on September 8 featuring Filip Hrgović vs. Amir Mansour start at 110 KN and are available online via www.eventim.hr.